Turn on Your Creativity by Turning These Off

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If you are an avid reader of our blog, you might have read our post on Left vs. Right Brain thinkers. If not, it’s okay, I can give you a refresher.

Left brain thinkers tend to be more analytical and logical, focusing on linear and sequential thinking. You may know them as people who are detail-oriented and struggle when trying to view things in abstract. Right brain thinkers, on the other hand, tend to be more creative, preferring visual imagery and spatial awareness. They are known to be open minded, multi-dimensional thinkers and struggle when it comes to organization.

If you are a left brain thinker and want to exercise the right side of your brain, this post will help. Let us help you shut down the left side and activate your right by following these steps:

  1. Embrace your down time.
    Down time is the best time to be creative. If you have breaks or a lunch during work, use some of that time to just let your mind go off and see where it takes you. Some of the best ideas are created by just letting your mind travel its own course. Always be sure that during this time block, you don’t have any other responsibilities that need to take place.
  2. Lay off the coffee.
    Caffeine is every 9-5er’s best friend, at some points. Coffee keeps you hyper-focused and keeps your mind on the current task at hand. But, if you want to kick start some creative thought and have some time to do so, laying off of the caffeine will allow your mind to start drifting away, generating ideas while daydreaming.
  3. Use your phone only when you need to.
    If you have down time, use it to get creative juices flowing and never use your phone to just fill up space. When you use your phone to be productive, it can actually start activating the left side of your brain and prevent creative thought. The very best ideas that are created in history, or with yourself, are without a phone being in your hands. Fun Fact: Charles Dickens and Steve Jobs use to take long walks, Dickens used to clock 30 miles a day!

You, as an un-creative individual, should let your mind drift-off and not think how many cups of coffee you need or what post will get the most likes. Instead, step away from the caffeine, put your phone away, and go get some fresh air.