Creativity is a fantastic trait to develop that can help us to perform better in a huge range of situations – not least in business, where it can help us to come up with new products, new marketing angles, new business models and unique solutions to enduring problems.
But creativity is also an elusive abstraction that is difficult to define and even more difficult to acquire if you aren’t naturally gifted in that way. With that in mind, how does one go about helping themselves to be more creative and to think outside the box? Especially in a world that more and more often seems to encourage conformity and output?
With these powerful hacks, that’s how! Follow these tips and in minutes you’ll be having better ideas and using your brain in ways you didn’t know you could.
“The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” –Julia Cameron
Hack #1: Lie Down
Lying down or at least leaning back into a more supine position has been shown by many studies to boost creativity. Why’s that? Because it encourages us to feel relaxed and at ease. When you’re stressed or busy working, your body produces chemicals like cortisol and adrenaline which gives you a kind of ‘tunnel vision’ and focus. That’s useful for completing a dull task, or for outrunning a lion, but it’s not useful when you need to ‘see the bigger picture’ and try to connect abstract concepts.
Hack #2: Look at a Plant
Thus anything that helps you to relax to a degree will help you to access more of your natural creativity. Another example is simply looking at plants and greenery, which help us relax thanks to our evolutionary imperative of finding fertile land and luscious green nutritious plants.