Creativity as a way of life
Creativity as a way of life

Creativity as a Way of Life

“Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected”

The world today moves at a dizzying pace. It’s all too easy to get carried away, lose focus, and become stressed. We would need to confront our lives with creativity in order to stay sane and driven.  Creativity can make life easier, help handle various responsibilities in a short period of time, avoid burnout, as well as balance work and life. In an attempt to boost my creativity, I came up with the following proposals.

Ideas to get Creative:-

  1. Blending:
    Combine concepts in unusual ways; explore for connections between seemingly unrelated items; develop meaningful links between ideas; reconsider what you ordinarily take for granted. Consider the following two examples: Music + TV = MTV,
    Food + Delivery = Zomato
  2. Change perspectives:
    Examine your subject from several perspectives. What role might a mystic have in this scenario? What are the thoughts of a rocket scientist on this? In this situation, what would a child do? What would a senior citizen do in this situation? What would a true slacker do in this situation? 
  3. Challenge your assumptions:
    Assumptions that we make are preventing us from coming up with a solution? A large, round watermelon consumes a lot of space. Instead of assuming that watermelons had to be spherical, Japanese growers began placing them in square glass boxes while still on the vine. The expected result was a square watermelon that fits perfectly into the refrigerators in which it is carried.
  4. Magnify:
    What if we had a tenfold increase in intelligence? What if we were only a few inches taller? Make the hues more vibrant. Now take a look at it in black and white or with brighter colors.
  5. Use the Random Word Technique:
    Begin by composing a written description of your problem, challenge, or opportunity. Then, choose a random word–you by opening a dictionary and write down the first word that comes to your sight and make a list of any associations it elicits. After jotting down a few phrases or brief sentences, go through your associations and your problem statement to see if any of them may be adopted.
  6. Break it down:
    Examine the scenario. Break a problem down into its smallest components and reconstruct it from the ground up, questioning whether each step is the best option.
  7. Rethink alternatives:
    Write 10 different versions of the same question in a short amount of time, without overthinking or over-engineering it. For example, let’s look at the problem of  “How do I get the mice out of my house?” is an example of a query you might have. in response to the common question, “How can I make a better mousetrap,” and “What does a mouse want?” “How can I attract mice to my backyard instead of my house?” or “How can I attract mice to my backyard instead of my house?”
  8. Think using it differently:
    List unusual uses for common household objects. What are lots of different ways we could use a paper clip, brick, or knife? Give ourselves five minutes to come up with a long list. Don’t worry about whether our ideas are stupid or not.
  9. Create your own “Three Ifs”
    Many good innovators take an existing object and ask intelligent questions to make it fresh by twisting the concept of it. Steve Jobs didn’t come up with the concept of a smartphone right away. He just took an existing cell phone and asked a simple question: how can we make it better – or maybe the best? A good framework to come up with a creative solution is by using the following questions. These questions can become powerful tools that can help you to think differently.

(1) What happens if I replace it (the object, system, or social interaction, for example)?
(2) If I wanted to use this object in ten years, what would I change or improve about it?
(3) What would I do if I had millions of dollars to invest in making it better?

Actions:

  1. Make time for cohesive creative thinking
    Google requires its teams to devote at least 20% of their time to creative thinking or new projects. Set aside time – perhaps an hour per day or week – to engage in creative thinking about a specific topic.
  2. Learn to pitch your ideas
    “If you can’t convey it in three sentences, you don’t have an idea!” The ability to offer a very brief and concise exposition of a novel concept (two to three phrases – like shouting through the closing door of an elevator) and a brief presentation (two to three minutes – what is known as an “elevator pitch”) is one of the most important innovation abilities.

About the author

Mohan

I am an IT Professional, a weekend farmer, an electronics hobbyist, an aspiring painter, an aspiring musician and a DIY expert.

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