Enhancing Creativity II

So how did you go with enhancing your creativity last week?  Did you manage to toss TV for the whole week?  How did that feel for you? For some people it is really, really hard to do – it’s like giving up a drug for a week.  Did you feel a great sense of achievement at the end of the week?

We need to break the mold and make a new one.

So what now – you may ask?  The creative process often requires subtraction rather than addition in our lives.  This is what you have been doing the last week, if you followed my suggestions.  We often need to subtract in order to be able to add our creativity.

This week, I suggest you take this process a step further.  Ask your self the following questions and write down the answers, and do the following tasks.

  • Make a list of the biggest distractions in your life.
  • Make a pact with yourself to do without them for a week.
  • Observe how you feel when you consider doing this – do you get panicky, what fears come up for you, where do you feel it in your body?
  • At the end of the week, or even during your week  – write down your observations of what comes up for you.  What are the positives?  What’s on the downside?

What might some of these distractions be? Here are some suggestions….

  • Watching DVD’s
  • Movies
  • Email
  • Multi tasking
  • Reading
  • Music – unless you are a musician
  • Radio
  • TV
  • Your Mobile Phone
  • Your Kids, family or partners
  • socializing
  • House hold chores that don’t really need to be done – ie ironing handkerchiefs or teatowels

And I’m sure there are many, many more.

Subtracting your dependence on some of the things you take for granted, increases your independence.  It’s liberating, forcing you to rely on your own ability rather than your customary crutches.” Tywla Tharp.

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Next Monday’s Post: Art, fear and money

Post by : Kadira Jennings

Pix Credit: Inspiration Mind

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.

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Post by : Kadira Jennings

Photo Credits: Retro TV

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