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How to Be Creative?

I find that being productive and creative can sometimes be at odds.
To be creative and think of new ways of doing things, sometimes letting my mind wander and having the feeling of no constraints is amazing.
For example, going out without a plan, interacting with random people and having a scheduleless day help with "opening up the mind".

This is not to say that you have no plans and strategies for learning.
The more you learn, the more you can form new ideas.
Especially if you have knowledge from a few different yet related fields.
The more points of reference, the more you can connect the dots.

It's the mixing of intense acquisition of knowledge/skills coupled with mindless days.
One gives the dots. The other helps to connect the dots.
There is certain magic when things come together in the mind.

Emotions can also help to generate new ideas.
An empty mind is also a great way for new ideas to float into your head.

I'm personally not sure what are the best resources for being creative.
The above is my reflection upon my own experiences.

Lucio Buffalmano has reacted to this post.
Lucio Buffalmano

I second your experience, Matthew.

Most great ideas come not during work, but during breaks.

I know of some people who use meditation as well, or some forms of meditation.

There are a few books I've read about creativity and art, but none of them made me think "this is it".

Matthew Whitewood has reacted to this post.
Matthew Whitewood
Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?

Oh, one more thing that generated most of my value-adding insights:

  • Create an open-ended resource for note-taking

Then as you live your life, random events might give you that "eureka" moment and help you connect dots.

That doesn't work much when you need creativity "right now", but it works for this website and power dynamics since it's an open-ended effort of connecting dots, analyzing strategies, and what works and within which circumstances.
It might work for several different endeavors as well though.

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Matthew Whitewood
Have you read the forum guidelines for effective communication already?
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