We don’t have as much time to be creative as we used to because our lives are so busy now. If we don’t use our creativity muscle often, it will start to deteriorate. To prevent that from happening, try carving out at least 10 minutes each day for creative activity. Here are some ideas of things you can do in less than 10 minutes:
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to help out your right brain, grab a pen and some scratch paper. It doesn’t matter what you doodle – just let your mind wander.
- Listen to music.
Although it may not seem like it, music actually benefits our cognitive abilities. The next time you’re feeling stuck, try putting on your favorite tunes and see if the inspiration doesn’t strike.
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Although you might not have time to read an entire novel, a few pages of any book should be easy enough to get through in 10 minutes. Reading helps us expand our minds and think creatively, which is beneficial if you’re looking for a quick creativity boost.
- Take a power nap.
The recommended amount of sleep per night is eight hours, though let’s be honest–most of us don’t get that. A ten-minute power nap might be what you need to jumpstart your creativity. Brain activity during naps indicates that our right brain hemisphere, the creative side, is more active while we snooze; the left Hemisphereisn’t as engaged. So if you’ve ever needed an excuse to take a nap at work, now you have one!
- Open up Pinterest.
When you feel like your brain is crammed full and you can’t focus on anything, why not stop by Pinterest for a minute? With over a million ideas, it’s impossible to not find something that sparks your creativity.
- Go for a walk.
Steve Jobs often took his meetings while strolling through the hills near his home because he believed it incited more creative thinking. He’s not the only one who thinks this way–a Stanford study concluded that walking (both outdoors and indoors) strengthens your creativity. So go ahead, take a 10-minute break and get moving!
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- Take time to daydream.
We receive a lot of data every day, so it’s no wonder our brains feel bogged down. When our brain is overloaded, we have a tough time thinking of original ideas on the spot. Instead of struggling to think creatively, try taking ten minutes to daydream. During this break, your mind might come up with its own great suggestion!
- Build something.
The next time you feel creatively blocked at work, try building something new with LEGOs. You don’t have to construct a house; even making a small LEGO creation can give your imagination the jump-start it needs.
- Have a drink.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, researchers found that a certain level of intoxication can actually help improve your creativity. So go ahead and take some time to enjoy that glass of wine!
- Stare at something green.
Believe it or not, a study showed that people who looked at the color green before starting a task were more creative and imaginative in their answers than those who considered other colors. So take some time to go outside and stare at trees!
This article was originally published on BRIT + CO.
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