A Guide to Becoming Unique and Creative
You may have been that student in art class who handed in a pink blob that was supposed to be a flower, while your classmate handed in the next Picasso. Were you put off from then on, thinking you didn’t have “creativity” so why should you try? You must still have a little hope in yourself or you wouldn’t be reading this right now. You don’t need to be artistic to be creative. You don’t need to be good at drawing, singing or anything else. You can drive creativity through every part of your life, and you probably already do. But, if you seem to think that you are having a hard time making your creative self stand out amongst the crowd, maybe we can get you on the right track.
Declutter the clutter from your life.
There’s a reason you’re not getting creative, and that might be the fact that you’re not giving yourself room to grow. Your life is so busy; your house is full of things you don’t need. Try going through all that old stuff and get rid of what you don’t connect with. You may not have use for your teenage wardrobe, but maybe those high school notebooks of yours have some old creative words of wisdom you wrote while your history teacher was busy talking about The Industrial Revolution.
Declutter your mind and your home and leave some space for creative juices to flow.
Do you know it all? If you think you know everything about your chosen field, you probably don’t. If you’re so proud of yourself that you’re unwilling to even venture the idea of knowing more, then you’re probably someone that no one will want to hire. Watch, read and experience everything about what you love, in your spare time. You’ll be surprised at how much information sticks with you and comes out at the most opportune moments (like at your in-law’s wedding anniversary or a job interview). It’ll make you stick out like an amazingly comfortable thumb. Use this new knowledge sparingly, though, to keep yourself from being seen negatively as a “know it all” and not as the expert that we all know you are.
Become a beginner.
Maybe you’re not getting creative, because you’re not challenging your brain anymore. The best feeling you can give your brain is to take it by surprise. Just like with trying a new workout, your brain gets into the same funk and stops using the parts you don’t use often enough. Try taking a dance class or playing a new instrument, you’ll be able to feel your old creative muscles working again.
Change your perspective, literally.
This can be as simple as moving from your computer desk and onto the patio. If you’re finding that you are unable to get creative and shine your uniqueness in one spot, don’t force yourself into a situation that will only stress you out more and make it take even longer to get creative again. Create the environment that you know your best work comes from! What works for your co-workers might not work for you, because, like we said, you’re unique.
Don’t let a little creative block set you back.
It’s from these blocks that your best work is born. Introduce us to anyone you know who can honestly say that they had their best draft the first time around. You’ve got to have the less than perfect work to appreciate the perfect. Try switching between projects; chances are, you’ll think of something great for the other one when you’re not thinking about it.
Find a mentor.
Try finding someone you admire for their creativity and ask them for advice. Every great, unique creator, had a mentor. Usually these people have worked hard to get where they are and would love to pass on some of their wisdom; it makes them feel like they achieved enough that others want to learn from them.
Take time to be bored.
You need to learn to love being bored, because if not you lose your creativity. Your best thoughts will come to you while you’re doing nothing and your mind is in default mode. Checking your phone for social media updates does not constitute being bored. In Manoush Zomorodi’s Tedtalk, How Boredom can Lead to Your Most Brilliant Ideas, she gives amazing insight into why many people are losing their productivity and their creativity, because of the amount of time they spend on social media not letting themselves be bored. The average person spends 2 years of their life on Facebook and 200 minutes on average a day on their phones.
“Ask yourself, what are you really looking for [when you check your phone]? … If it’s to distract yourself from doing the hard work that comes with deeper thinking, take a break, stare out the window and know that by doing nothing, you’re actually being your most productive and creative self.”
Where do you seek creativity? Let us know in the comments.
Kimberley Falk - Multimedia Writer