Each person is born with a minimal dose of creativity, and the way he chooses to develop can influence the role that creativity will play later in his life. One thing is for sure: creativity is present at every stage of life, even if sometimes people are not aware of the skills they have.
Sometimes the creative process appears spontaneously, “that magic idea” that many artists talk about. But most of the time creativity needs a little help to come to the surface.
Using the methods identified by choreographer Twyla Tharp, we present below how you can turn creativity into habit.
The 2020 skill: Did you know that in the last two years (2019 & 2020) creativity has been voted as the most important skill of the year? A report published by LinkedIn made a ranking of most important life skills, and creativity has proven to be indispensable in our lives. There is also a study that shows an interesting link between creativity and intelligence.
According to Study.com, the level of IQ influences the level of creativity, and the relationship between intelligence and creativity is a stratification of skills. The two concepts influence each other and need constant training to facilitate the sedimentation of information and connections at the cognitive level.
Creativity in the future: The importance of creativity in the evolution of a person is a topic debated worldwide, and UNICEF details the role that this skill plays for both society and the individual. The main focus of the report published by UNICEF is the development of this skill in children, who need a solid foundation for acquiring skills/abilities, which will later help them in all aspects of life. There is also a link between creativity and learning, and a study by the EU Science Hub (The European Commission’s Science and Knowledge Service) examines how creativity manifests itself and the impact of our creative actions at European level.
1. Creativity must be practised every day: You can develop your creativity in such a way that it becomes part of your daily routine: to be aware of the creative process, to recognize the things that inspire you and to be able to identify new stimuli that support your personal growth. Twyla Tharp, in The Creative Habit, presents a new approach to creativity, and the models she proposes are a first step to develop your creative process regardless of age, especially for artists.
2. Be passionate: One of the best tips is to be passionate about what you do. Intrinsic motivation is a trigger for the creative process and can sometimes inhibit creativity. In addition to dedication, routine and devotion to the things you want to accomplish, you also need passion to get things done, otherwise…. “Without love, labour is just labour“ says Twyla.
3. Create a routine: Twyla redefined the way creativity has been understood so far, giving a pragmatic view of the creative process. Creativity is a process that can evolve by establishing a routine or a daily ritual through which you can generate new ideas and actions. For example, you need a routine that prepares your brain for what is to come, and then you try to experiment or identify new ways to solve a problem, develop a concept, or anything else you want to do in the future.
4. Be prepared: Another way to integrate creativity into your daily routine is to always have something with you that motivates you to create. For example, you can take a diary, a pen, a tablet or a phone with you, and this way you will have the tools you need at hand. Think of this object as a source of inspiration, a little help that you always have close when you want to write down your ideas.
5. Identify the right place: You need a place that inspires you, a place where you feel productive and finally, a place that “does not intimidate your creative process”. Twyla tells us that it is important to identify a place (desk, room, café etc.) that charges you with energy and where you can awaken your motivation almost by saying out loud: “let’s start”.
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