Thursday, October 21, 2010

Exercising Your Creativity - 10 Tips

By Sheena Witter

Creativity is a lot like any muscle or skill. It has to be stretched and exercised in order to grow. Here are a few simple ways of exercising your creativity and that of your kids.

Ideas for exercising your creativity:

* Keep looking for new ideas - you never know where you will find them or where they might lead.
* Keep an open mind. Don't say "It can't be done," "Silly," or "Impossible."
* Keep your goals in mind, write them down!
* Keep your mind alert and active - Pay attention to your surroundings and look for inspiration everywhere.
* Don't always go it alone. Sharing a problem with someone else may reveal an unexpected solution.
* When your mind says "enough", take a break and get some fresh air. A walk or other outside physical activity is a great way to take a creative break.
* When you reach a dead end, back up and try a new approach. - don't just give up!
* Break a problem down to smaller, logical parts. How do you eat an elephant? Bite by bite.
* Write any useful ideas down when inspired and before you forget.
* In the early stages, don't commit yourself to a single idea - brainstorm as many different solutions as you can. It doesn't matter how unlikely or far-fetched they are.

Exercising your creativity allows you to build skills that will help throughout your entire life. Kids will find school easier and more enjoyable if they can take a creative approach to problem solving.

Sheena is an educator and author who is passionate about creativity. Her website "Growing Creative Kids" is full of ideas, resources and creative inspiration for parents, educators and care givers.
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