Creativity is a subjective thing. Painting random circles with watered-down Crayola colours on recycled paper may be creative; coming up with the latest tear-jerker storylines complete with everyday child characters that face hardships leading up to festival seasons may also be creative.

Creativity is ideas manifested from the infinite void that is the mind of a creative person, or anyone for that matter. How does such a person generate so much creative juice to sustain the expectations of what a creative person should come out with? How do they encourage the flow of ideas constantly?

Anyone can be creative if only they exercise that creative portion of the brain’s muscles. Maybe for some people the practices might not make much sense at first. Maybe for some it could take a little longer to achieve an epiphany than others, but it is achievable! Give yourself a chance and soon you will see a change in the way you view things and the world around you.

Here are 8 habits of creative people that you can adopt as well!

1. Be Observant

Observe and watch the world around you. Observe how things play out in situations. Catch the details of how the guy chopping coconuts goes around his business, see how a lady across the street handles her child as she loads them into her soccer-mom-sized vehicle. The sounds of the environment around you, the smells of that street you walk by.

Creative people practice observational skills using all their senses to catch all these details. They view it as a stream of endless possibilities and examples of what they could input into their own work.

2. Make Learning a Habit

The curiosity and yearning to learn new things every day is a great habit of highly creative people. From the one too many life experiences they’ve had, to picking up information from reading material, creative minds seem to be forever starved of informative input.

Always ask the questions ‘why’, ‘what if’, or ‘how’. Seek out why things are the way they are. What if things could have been different? How did this happen? So many questions so many answers, all can be used as material for your next great creative project!

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Play

Don’t let age get to you; you need not be such a serious person (Whyyy sooo serious?). Let your inner child come out and play daily. Creative people always portray a seemingly quirky and almost childlike personality where the pressures of society or the confines of ‘what someone you age should act like don’t hinder them. Creativity needs not to be starved; it needs to be toyed with.

4. Allow Yourself to Daydream

Ever had a time where you just zoned out staring into blank space? Remember how you felt as your mind wandered to weird and wonderful places? Feels good ain’t it?

Daydreaming is actually a proven practice for creative people to get the best out of their work because they are able to stimulate all the saved memories, new memories and new information to make new connections in their brains – all which can help provide insights and perspectives that’ll can bring out the best in their creative work. So don’t feel bad when you zone out!

5. Be Flexible

Creativity can’t be forced. Ask any person in the creative industry whether they can squeeze great ideas on a whim; they will tell you that those ideas would be on the same level as toilet paper – available, cheap, and ready to be flushed down the toilet.

Riding the creative flow is like riding a rollercoaster – full of long waits in between the fun parts. Ideas can hit you at any time of the day whether it is at 3am just before you sleep or at 11.30am when your stomach just starts releasing gastric juices telling you it’s hungry.

As you start to notice your own ‘creative flow’, you will be able to judge when it is best or how is it best to churn out the latest and greatest for your work. Be flexible. Don’t beat yourself if nothing manifests, it’s just that your flow hasn’t reached its peak yet.

6. Take risks

If you don’t take risks you won’t discover new things. Period. Creativity is a lot like experimentation; you will need to imagine something, do it, see if it works, if it doesn’t, try try again.

When you finally start getting to where you want to go with your project or idea, it is an invaluable, rewarding and motivating experience which will help you thrive and expand further as a creative person. Don’t be afraid to fail either. Failure brings the opportunity of lessons to teach you what works and what doesn’t.

7. Take Breathers

Have a break, have a Kit Kat, or have whatever it is you wanted to have. A change in scenery helps give your mind a new avenue for observing new things, thus receiving new information.

When you hit a brick wall or just can’t seem to move any further than a blinking text cursor, it is time to take a break and do something else. Maybe not do anything at all. It doesn’t really matter as long as you are not doing what you were doing earlier. Give yourself the chance to recharge as creativity is like a power bar in a beat-em up game which needs to be recharged after use.

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8. Use Your Imagination

A chicken drumstick to the average mind is just a chicken drumstick; but to a creative person it could be imagined as actual drum sticks beating on a drum to the beat of the latest dance craze by a 6-armed robot decked with gold chains and half-tattered clothes from Armani on top of a fighter jet piloted by an Italian-voiced hamster.

Look at the world around you and practice using imagery in your mind’s eye. All the 5 senses can be subject to powerful imagination where anything is possible. Creative people are able to take what they perceive and mould it into something that’s totally different. It just takes practice and the will to ‘let go’ (images of Elsa from Frozen flashing by) of your own mind’s restraints.

So start imagining freely and break from the shackles of what is possible. There is nothing that’s impossible!

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Posted by Joshua Boey

I write (type) stuff that may or may not make sense unless you speak otter. I also like my sugar with coffee and cream.