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5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

Throw a ball around

Throwing a ball around makes people feel more interconnected and takes your mind off everything else – including the problem you’ve been stuck on for the last hours.

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5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

5 Exercises To Get The Creative Juices Flowing

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We're not born creative

Some of us are better at making new connections between concepts. But this is in most cases the result of hard, deliberate work, not an accident of birth.

Walking and creativity

  • Walking helps you to get away from your daily sources of stress, thus reducing anxiety in the short term.
  • Walking improves the process of creating new analogies in your brain.

Keep your hands busy

Doing something intricate with your hands – a Rubik’s Cube, squeezing a ball, fiddling with dice – excites various parts of your brain and might actively change the way you are thinking.

Music and creativity

Listening to music can have considerable effects on the physical architecture of the brain: it can facilitate a stronger connection between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

And having better connections between the analytical and creative sides of the brain can only make you a more creative person.

Throw a ball around

Throwing a ball around makes people feel more interconnected and takes your mind off everything else – including the problem you’ve been stuck on for the last hours.

Write a Haiku

The subject matter is irrelevant. What’s important is that you think about mundane things (your day, your job, etc) in a new, abstract way.

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Finding a creative outlet

Find a completely unrelated creative outlet: look for a creative task with lower stakes to help ease you back into things and re-ignite your creativity and motivation.

What are the things in your own life that you enjoy but aren’t necessarily “productive”? 

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Music and exercise

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We Are Born Creative

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Decades of Wrong Beliefs

Productivity requires continuous output, while creativity is a non-linear, messy, disjointed process that needs to be unstructured.

We have decades of exposure to historical and cultural beliefs on how work should be and what it means to be successful, so it is hard for us to understand creativity.

Ignite The Fire

To be creative, we have let our brains loose. The mind needs rest and time every day to daydream, imagine and get intentionally bored. Letting our minds free is an incredibly important cognitive exercise.

Take the time to expose yourself in diverse subjects, things that inspire you and dissolve boundaries can foster creativity. Identify and let go of wrong beliefs and outdated stories you tell yourself every day.