Category: Be More Creative

Be More Creative

Six quick and easy ways to boost your creativity:

e WSJ has a piece that discusses six research-backed ways to provoke an "AHA!" moment. I'll link out to more information on each. What do most of the techniques share in common? Stepping back from the problem in one way or another. I've posted before about how distance helps creativity.   1) Do Routine Tasks "Walking away from a problem to do simple, routine tasks, and letting the mind wander in the process, can spark creative new connections or approaches…


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4 things that will make you more motivated, happy and creative at work:

rvard's Teresa Amabile gave office workers something very simple: diaries. Then she reviewed their ups and downs and drew connections. What she learned was extraordinary. She described the study in her book The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work. Here are four of the biggest things she learned:   1) Progress Motivates You More Than Anything Else Nothing is more motivating than progress in meaningful work and nothing more taxing than setbacks. Via The Progress Principle: Using…


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Be More Creative

9 Expert Insights That Will Make You Productive, Successful And Smart

pert Tip #1: How To Be More Creative Your first idea is rarely the best. Always keep pushing and generate more possibilities. Advice from Andrew Goldberg, writer on Family Guy: I’m a big fan of writing "alts" (versions). If I come to a joke spot, even if I’m working on my own stuff, I’ll often write three or four or five different alts, and then I’ll show it to friends, show it to my wife, show it to my manager, show…


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Howard Suber Of UCLA Film School Explains How To Tell A Story

bsp; Howard Suber is one of my mentors. He founded the graduate program I was in at UCLA and has taught literally thousands of students about the power of film and narrative structure. From his bio at UCLA: During his 40 years on the UCLA faculty, Howard Suber helped establish and also chaired the UCLA Film Archive, the Critical Studies and Ph.D. Programs, and the UCLA Producers Program. He is a former Associate Dean, recipient of UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and has been…


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Be Happier

Five Simple Things That Will Make Your Life Better

bsp; 1) Want to be happy? It's more about perspective than anything else. Write down three good things that happen to you every day. Via Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being: Every night for the next week, set aside ten minutes before you go to sleep. Write down three things that went well today and why they went well. You may use a journal or your computer to write about the events, but it is important that you…


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Does Your Mind Wander? Here’s Why That Can Be Your Greatest Asset

ndering minds are associated with creativity. Popular wisdom tells you to live in the moment. Huh? So is it better to be unfocused or focused? Let's look at the research.   The Upside of Mind Wandering You spend up to 8 minutes of every hour daydreaming. Your mind will probably wander for 13% of the time it takes you to read this post. Some of us spend 30-40% of our time daydreaming. Via The Science of Sin: The Psychology of the…


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Be More Creative

5 quick things you can do today to boost your creativity:

bsp; 1) Want to be more creative? Get happy. Via The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work: Our diary study revealed a definitive connection between positive emotion and creativity. We looked at specific emotions as well as overall mood (the aggregate of a person’s positive and negative emotions during the day). Overall, the more positive a person’s mood on a given day, the more creative thinking he did that day. Across all study participants, there was…


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The Two Word Trick For Becoming More Creative

order to innovate in a way that is both practical and effective you need to make "little bets." What's a little bet? A small experiment that tests a theory. It's just big enough to give you the answer you need but not so big that it wastes too much precious time, money or resources. Rather than going all-in on the first idea you have and risk losing everything, a little bet allows you to break out of your comfort…


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