5 Ways to Boost Creativity 79

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Creativity is often underestimated.

People think they don’t necessarily need to unleash it and to work on increasing it, but it often turns out to be the one ingredient that leads to success in many areas in life.

Being creative helps you exceed at work, it’s the foundation of starting your own business or something on the side, it’s what boosts productivity, innovation, business growth, lets you have fun while working or studying, memorize better and ultimately see progress in the field you desire.

That’s why it’s worth doing something to unleash the creative genius inside. We all have potential and powers deep within, but it’s our job to let them out and work hard and smart on what we believe in.

Whether you’re a student trying to get better grades and improve your focus and memory, an employee looking for a promotion, an artist waiting for inspiration to come, or a business owner seeking ways to land new clients or come up with an idea for a new product, you can benefit from boosting your creativity.

Here are some practical and easy ways to do that:

1. Gather information and combine it in unusual ways.

According to Steve Jobs, ‘creativity is just connecting things.’

If you think about it, every great invention, work of art, new piece of technology, and any product or service people love, is something ordinary offered in a unique way, or combined with something else in order to be simpler to use or to save time or money to the potential customer.

There’s a lot you already know – your experience, opinion, everything you’ve read and heard of, the stories of those around you, etc. Gather information, categorize it and try to combine it in seemingly impossible ways. You’ll be amazed at the result.

2. Be curious.

Creativity comes with new experiences as they help you grow, learn and look at things from another point of view.

Be it traveling, meeting new people and talking to them, spending time in a different environment, reflecting on the existential questions in life, working on a completely new project at work, or else.

Get out of your comfort zone. You’ll come up with so many new ideas, both for your business and personal life, and will be eager to give some of them a try.

3. Learn a new skill.

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If you’ve always been doing the same things, you can’t think of innovative ways to do anything exciting. You’ll be stuck in your current lifestyle forever if you don’t try something completely new, that will challenge you but also help you grow.

The best way is to learn a skill in a different niche from yours.

If you’re a freelance writer, take up a photography course.
If you’re a creative with your own business, excel in accounting and learn more about finance by getting POA tuition.
If you’ve always been dealing with sports, why not try coding or web design and try to build a business on the side once you get better at it?

The possibilities are countless. Put in some work, dedicate the time and effort needed, and you’ll not only unleash the creativity within but will experience many beautiful changes in your lifestyle.

What’s more, after some time you yourself may start teaching beginners the same thing by registering to become a tutor and finding tuition assignments.

4. Write it out.

Take a pen and a piece of paper, let go of any random thoughts, and just let your creative juices flow.

Write down anything that comes to mind for a particular problem you’re facing at work, a personal decision you need to take, or else.

You’ll be surprised at the number of ideas you’ll come up with in no time.

The important thing is not to have any doubts, fears, expectations or judgmental thoughts as these block our creativity. Instead, put in writing any crazy idea that comes to mind. You’ll think it through later.

5. Look for daily sources of inspiration.

Inspiration can become a constant state, an attitude towards life if you give that approach a try.

Turn it into a habit by finding one source of inspiration daily for a start. It can be listening to music, journaling your thoughts, spending some time with kids, remembering your past accomplishments, saying positive affirmations before you go out, a walk in the nature, a nice movie, the solitude and peace around you when drinking your coffee in the morning, the opportunities that come your way every single day, etc.

Life can become one creative adventure if you let it. Just give these simple ways of boosting creativity a try today and enjoy the benefits.

See also:

4 Creative Ways to Come Up with an Online Business Idea
A Guide to Constant Inspiration
How to Choose and Master a Skill

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Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings 14

Going Minimalist in The Sharing Economy: Why It Makes Sense to Rent Our Belongings

Last week, Jeremy Rifkin’s documentary “The Third Industrial Revolution: A New Sharing Economy” brought to public attention the importance that efficient sharing economies will have in coming years. The slowing of industrial productivity, coupled with the looming climate change crisis means that the game is up for the “take, make and dispose” model that we currently operate on.

This might seem a little inaccessible from the point of view of an individual. Most of us don’t have time to make lunch in the morning let alone contemplate changing economic models.

Yet the sharing economy is growing all around us, from Gumtree to Airbnb and most recently, stuff-sharing marketplaces like Fat Lama.

Born out of East-London in 2016, Fat Lama is a peer-to-peer rental platform where users can borrow items they need and rent out items that they don’t. It’s completely free to list items and operates out of your local area.

Put simply it’s a way for people to make money off their belongings and for others to gain access to equipment they might not otherwise be able to afford. However, the platform has the potential to become a lifestyle as much as a utility. Here are just a few of the benefits:

Saving The Environment

By 2022, the planet will have produced a staggering 50 million tonnes of e-waste.

This is by no means as harmless as it sounds. We are racing through computers, phones, cameras and cables at an alarming rate and worst of all, we recycle none of it.

By investing in the sharing economy and renting rather than buying, you can make a stance against the destructive and wasteful effects of linear consumerism.

To illustrate the paradigm, let’s take the example of a power drill, which, shockingly, is used for a grand total of 13 minutes on average in its life. It is a waste of money and is using up precious resources to buy such an item. Whereas if you rent from Fat Lama, the price of which is around $5 per day, you will end up saving yourself needless expenditure at no extra cost for the planet. This is not just true of drills, but Lawn Mowers, leaf blowers, cameras and projectors.

Go Local

One of the big downsides to living in an urban environment is the lack of community spirit. Cities can feel stiflingly disconnected and it is not uncommon for a resident to have never spoken to a single person on their street.

There has been efforts made to re-localize districts, with cafés bars and social hubs popping up in suburbs all over the world. However, if you are looking for something more personal, using Fat Lama puts you into contact with hundreds of locals living around you who often, given the circumstances, have the same interests as you do.

For instance, if you are looking to rent a surfboard or Kayak, chances are the owner will be an enthusiast as well. This could lead to at the very least a friendly interaction if not a friendship.

Save Money and The Planet

The other great strength of renting rather than buying that it will save you a packet.

The sharing economy is founded on the principle that limiting ownership reduces marginal costs because the cost of production storage etc. is mitigated from the equation.

To return to the power drill analogy, a low-end model will cost you around $100, which means that every minute of use is around just under $8. Unless your drill doubles up as a cocktail-maker, this seems like an enormous waste of money. In comparison, the average electric drill on Fat Lama will cost you less than $8; really it’s a no-brainer.

Make Some Moral Money

Aside from the obvious social benefits, you can turn your underused belongings into hard cash, with virtually no effort.

We have all made some questionable purchases. Whether it’s that DSLR you promised your parents you were going to use or that sound system that never get used because of you neighbours. Now they don’t have to be an ugly reminder of the lost money but active assets that can start paying for themselves. Often the money made from these items can far exceed their original price, with some users earning up to $5000 dollars a month, more than the minimum wage in any country.

These are just a few examples of the way in which renting can impact your life for the better.

Right now it’s the fastest growing sector but the possibilities are infinite. What I hope you take away from this is that being an ethical consumer doesn’t have to be a bleak future of Spartan self-control but rather a re-imagining of the way goods flow today. Clean consumerism is not a dream, it’s right in front of us.