Enhancing Creativity – how can you do that?

Enhancing creativity is an issue every creative person hassles with at some point. Today I’d like to throw out some ideas on how to enhance your creativity by the simple method of going without. What? You might be saying. Go without! Go without what exactly?

Well, here are some ideas of things you might try to do without for a week. Of course you don’t have to do them all at the same time, although you could. Or you might try each one for a week and then at the end do them all for one week. So what are these things that might enhance your creativity, if you didn’t do them.

1. The first is TV.  Are you a TV addict? How would it feel to go without your favourite TV programmes for a week? How many hours a week do you watch TV? What could you do with all those extra hours? No time to paint? Well now you do…….

Enhancing creativity -TV

Enhancement or distraction?

2. THE NEWS. Are you addicted to keeping in touch with what’s going on in the world. How much time do you spend a day catching up on the news? This could be on the internet, reading the newspaper, listening to the radio or watching TV. Why do you watch the news? And what difference would it make to your life if you went for a week or heaven forbid – a month without keeping up with the news.
We don’t watch TV at all, the news or otherwise and yet still I get the major events trickling through into my world, just through conversations with others who do. And really, would it be so bad to not have all those snippets of information going around in your head about disasters, murders, economic woes and all the other deadening things that news ‘keeps you up to date with.’

Enhancing creativity - TV news

When researchiing for this post I came across the above picture and an interesting article that accompanied it.

There are several more things I want to add to this list, however I think these two are probably enough of a culture shock for most people at this point.  I would love to know how you go experimenting with this.  Come back and comment about whether you were able to be more creative when you let go of these two things. Or join the discussion on my facebook page.

Look For Thursday’s Post:  New Work – Beginnings

Next Monday’s Post: Enhancing Creativity – Continuing the discussion

Post by : Kadira Jennings

Photo Credits: Retro TV

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