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5 habits to boost creativity
, Jill Canales

Do highly creative people have similar habits? Absolutely. Here are the five most important habits to cultivate your creativity.

1. Spend Time Alone 

A metaphorical “room of one’s own” is a basic need for many creative people. Now, science has reinforced what the work habits of countless crafters have demonstrated: Time for solitary reflection truly feeds the creative mind. When alone, it is easier to block out external distractions and focus on our inner imaginations. Our best creative ideas are often solo acts. 

2. Create Everyday

Start paying attention to what stimulates your creativity, when crafting and not. Do those things everyday. Creativity is like a muscle — the more we create, the stronger our creative skills become. Additionally, practicing your craft over and over again is the only route to mastery. 

3. Craft in an Inspiring Space

Loving what we look at inspires our own creativity. The energy we feel from our environment flows into our work. Some Dream Box owners fill their tote fronts with color coordinated patterned paper. Others insist on leaving their totes transparent to see their supplies. Clearly, visual inspiration is different for every-one. Make sure you work surrounded by visual inspiration.

4. Get and Stay Organized

People often think of creators as messy and disorganized. But in reality, the most successful creators have very effective organization systems. Order and chaos is one of the many paradoxes of the creative process. With an effective system, you will be able to see your supplies and access them when needed. It truly frees you up to create. Make it a habit to clean up after you craft.

5. Keep a Creativity Journal

Some say that there are two types of creators- those who struggle to find ideas and those who have too many. Our research shows one commonality among those overflowing with ideas. They keep a creativity journal. A journal is an excellent tool you can use to keep your creativity alive. It should focus on helping you to solve problems, brainstorm ideas and practice creativity.  

What other habits have helped you boost your creativity? 

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5 thoughts on “5 habits to boost creativity

  1. avatar Connie Caldwell says:

    I’ve written the word “Create” on one of the whiteboards of my WorkBox. Each letter of it is capitalized and is a habit I’m cultivating, or I’m reminding myself to do:
    Connect with your inner artist.
    Relax with your self.
    Exhale.
    Absorb the bounty that surrounds you.
    Touch the space you inhabit.
    Embrace your glorious self and those you love.

  2. avatar Cheryl Huff says:

    Having my Dream Box has helped me stay better organized, although I’m still a work in progress. Most times I start out great but kinds fall off the tracks. Trying to get better as I go. I make mini albums and the paper seems to just get everywhere. I liked your journal idea or maybe a workbook, because it’s good to see the paper you have to keep the ideas going.

  3. avatar Mercedes Osorio says:

    I like to be creative. I like making jewelry and scrapbooking and I like your dream box. Put is to experience. I am retired and like everything that had to do with creativity.

  4. avatar Darlene Ritterskamp says:

    Music, My photography, knowing someone would like some thing as a gift.

  5. avatar Darlene Ritterskamp says:

    Listening to music, my photography, painting a place I’ve been to. Making a card for a birthday card sympathy or get well. Knowing that someone else will appreciate my creative efforts makes me wanna do more.

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