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4 Ways To Tap Into Your Creativity

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4 Ways To Tap Into Your Creativity

Which Way Works Best For You?
Doreen Virtue
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Jun 06, 2016 at 03:15 PM

Let's face it, our lives are busier than ever. With technology, it seems we spend hours surfing the web, texting, and emailing. We have hectic family and personal lives, plus our career to attend to.

If you have a full-time job to pay the bills, how are you supposed to have enough time for creativity?

Here are a few time-saving ways that I have found to be effective:

1. Multi-tasking

This means that you work on your creative project while also fulfilling your other responsibilities and self-care routines. For example, you can do research for your creative project by watching a documentary while jogging on a treadmill, or you can pair a visit to an art gallery with a girlfriend get-together lunch.

Studies show that successful creative people tend to multitask and work on several creative projects simultaneously. One study concluded that the projects cross-fertilize each other, with ideas sparked from one helping the others.

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If you get bored easily, or if your creative interests are varied, then work on two or three projects simultaneously. I'm a big fan of how Reid Tracy, the President of Hay House, has given me free rein to write as many books and cards decks as I want.

I'm usually working on four books and two or three card decks simultaneously. While this sounds frantic, it really is a way of channeling creative energy in a constant flow.

You have two choices when the creative ideas are flowing: try to control them or swim with them. I choose the latter.

Besides, if you are someone with a short attention span, multitasking is the best solution. You learn how to create in five-minute intervals. You become okay with being interrupted by your kids, or by an appointment. You adapt to creating in short bursts.

 2. Napping

You can also sleep or nap while working on your creative project. In fact, many famous inventions and creations were produced this way. Beethoven received inspiration during his naps, as did the surrealist artist Salvador Dali. Paul McCartney wrote "Let It Be" after a dream visitation from his departed mother Mary.

Naps increase our right-brain creativity activity. One interesting study found that people who napped were twice as likely to be able to solve a problem involving a video game right after they awoke, compared to those who didn't nap.

3. Dreaming

Researchers have concluded that interpreting your dreams can also give you more creativity. You can interpret your dreams in a dream journal, which is a notebook you keep on your nightstand with a pen. First thing in the morning, write down or draw whatever fragments of the dream you remember. With practice, you'll recall more of your dreams.

If you argue that you don't dream, it means that you're not aware of your dreams, because having rapid eye movement (REM) sleep is physiologically necessary. You can learn to remember your dreams with five minutes of journaling each morning.

4. Creative Marinating

 Studies also show that someone who views a problem first and then walks away from it to think about it, arrives at more creative solutions that do those who force themselves to struggle for a solution.

So a creativity principle is to take time to let the situation marinate in your mind for a while. Go distract yourself or take a nap, and let your unconscious mind work on the solution. But don't walk away for too long, as there's a difference between taking time to think about solutions and procrastination.

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Doreen Virtue Doreen Virtue graduated from Chapman University with two degrees in counseling psychology. A former psychotherapist, Doreen now gives online workshops on topics rela Continue reading