A little earlier I posted an article about the creativity crisis covered by Newsweek. They also posted a good practical article on fostering creativity called Forget Brainstorming. Here’s a summary of their points:
- Don’t tell someone to “be creative.”
- Get moving. Engage in aerobic activity regularly.
- Take a break. This isn’t about stopping so much as a more effective approach to juggling multiple projects than multi-tasking.
- Reduce screen time.
- Explore other cultures. Cross-cultural experiences force people to adapt and be more flexible, and just studying a different culture than your own stretches your mind.
- Follow a passion. “Kids do best when they are allowed to develop deep passions and pursue them wholeheartedly—at the expense of well-roundedness.”
- Ditch the suggestion box. Formal suggestion systems actually stifle creativity.
What’s the hardest thing on there for you to do?