Do open conditions stimulate creativity?

What is it about high ceilings that attract us?

For thousands of years artists, architects, and everyone in–between has been drawn to high ceilings. The reasons that home buyers, famous artists such as Michelangelo, and general creative people look for spaces with high ceilings has been a mystery… until 2007 when a study reported that high ceilings do, in–fact stimulate creativity.

You can find a short, one page article about the study right here.

“…the researchers used two test rooms, one with an eight-foot ceiling and the other 10 feet high, and suspended colourful Chinese lanterns to emphasize the height. …They showed 100 volunteers pictures of a wine rack and a coffee table that were smooth and sleek except for a few awkward features. When they asked the volunteers to describe the products, those in the low–ceilinged room zeroed in on the imperfections, while the ones in the taller room took a more generalized view and ignored the glitches.”
The study is focused highly on the height of a ceiling in a room, but could the same research be applied to the openness of the outside world?
“…people in a high–ceilinged room are primed to think broadly because of the sense of freedom associated with the space…”

What do you think? Was this study biased in their research? Or is there really something about open space that stimulates creativity?

(via Swissmiss)

How you can be more creative today

You are creative, there’s no doubt about it.

But you might not be as creative as you could ultimately be. In‒fact: everyone always has the ability to grow their creative potential, all it takes is a little guidance. Which is what I want to talk with you about today. You can always be more creative.

But how can you be more creative today, right now?

Here are a few tips I’ve come to learn about that can make anyone more creative today. Read through them, use them if you need to, and post any tips you have on how a person can be more creative in the comments!

  1. Be fearless. Fear restricts thought. If you are afraid to do something, if you are afraid to think in a new way, or if you are afraid to be fearless, your creativity is restricted to your fears. So be fearless today by doing something that typically scares you. Do something fearless every single day, starting right now.
  2. Ask a lot of questions. There is an ancient Chinese proverb that states: “One who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; one who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.” Don’t be a fool forever, ask questions. Ask a lot of questions, often.
  3. Have a positive outlook. Every creative genius that has ever lived has typically had a positive outlook when it comes to problems they encounter. Instead of thinking how horrible a situation is (or could be), think of how you can learn from it, how it can motivate you to change, and how many different ways the situation could change. Try to view everything as a positive opportunity.
  4. Settle on several ideas, not just one. Edward De Bono has been quoted saying: “It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all.” He couldn’t have been more right.
  5. Imagine yourself being more creative. The easiest ‒ and most beneficial ‒ way to become more creative right now is simply to think that you are. Start thinking you’re more creative right now, and by the end of they day you’ll find yourself being more creative than you were.
  6. Be open to changing your opinions. Seeing the world through perspectives that are not your own (even if you don’t initially agree with them) is a great way to become more creative. The more opinions you investigate about something, the more you’ll know about the world. True story.
  7. Write down everything. Your brain can hold a lot of data (remember your 16th birthday party?) but it won’t hold all of your ideas. So get in the habit of writing everything down. Someday you’ll need to use an old idea, and if you’ve written it down it would be easy to find.
  8. Create something new, every day. Being creative is all about creating. So try to create something never every day. You don’t have to create a solution to the world hunger problem, you don’t even have to create something revolutionary, or big, or inspiring, or life changing. Just create something that is new to you.
  9. Set creative goals. Goals are great for motivation. Create creativity goals that you can aim for every week. Whether it’s creating something, reading an inspiring book, or experiencing a certain number of new things. Set creative goals, and try your hardest to reach them.
  10. Live for feedback. Another easy way to be more creative right now is to live for feedback. Strive to get other’s feedback on anything you do, and listen to what they tell you. Learn from your feedback and then request more, it’s an easy way to grow.

So those are some of my tips for how to get more creative today, do you have any to share?

How creative are you? Take the quiz and find out!

How creative do you think you are?

Do you ever wonder how creative your friends, your boss, and your family might be? Well wonder no more. Creative Something is proud to announce The Creativity Quiz!

The quiz is a short, ten question quiz that is not just fun to do…

Using some interesting questions and spiffy web technology the quiz will determine exactly how creative you are! But don’t just see how creative you are, take the quiz and then send it to your friends and family to see how creative they are as well.

It only takes a few short minutes, so head over to The Creativity Quiz and test your creativity!

Then, to make things even more interesting: post your results here, I want to know how creative my readers are!

Places you shouldn’t look for inspiration, but do

Creative inspiration can be found almost everywhere, right?

But just because you can find inspiration anywhere doesn’t mean that you should be looking everywhere. In‒fact: there are a few places that you shouldn’t look to for creative inspiration, but probably do.

Whether you’re a creative professional, or just an average Joe (or Jane), you might be looking in all of the wrong places for creative inspiration.

So I’ve put together a short list of places you shouldn’t look for creative inspiration, but probably do.

  1. The same old place. Quit denying it, that place you check almost every day for creative inspiration (the one you were sure would help you feel inspired, but never does), isn’t helping you. And while you don’t have to admit that you do it, visiting the same place all of the time in search of creativity and walking away uninspired is a stupid thing to do. Don’t look to the same old place for inspiration if day after day you aren’t finding inspiration there. That’s just dumb.
  2. The local coffee shop. I can hear you now: the coffee shop is where all great artists/poets/writers/creative geniuses go when they want to feel inspired. That’s a fallacy. While there are some great coffee shops that do provide a good atmosphere for creative inspiration (read: the local shop that features local art and/or real opportunities for conversations with real people), most coffee shops – like Starbucks – are not the ideal place for creative inspiration. In‒fact, your favorite coffee shops is likely the reason you never get any original work done.
  3. Anywhere, really. Sure, you can ultimately find inspiration anywhere, but sometimes inspiration isn’t what you should be looking for. Sometimes what you should be looking for is motivation. Don’t confuse inspiration for motivation and go looking for it just anywhere; it won’t do you a lot of good if you’re looking for the wrong thing, will it?

It’s true: inspiration can be found almost anywhere, but these places typically prevent you from finding inspiration (more so than helping you feel inspired).

The key to creative success is focus

The power of creativity – when combined with focus – is absolutely incredible.

As a personal hero of mine, American writer, professional speaker and actor, Anthony Robbins once said: “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.”

Taking the abilities that focus gives us as humans and using it with our ability to create, and you have yourself the key to creative success.

Lately I have been working on a lot of projects for work, and I’ve found that, when I try working on the projects all at the same time, I get no where with any of the work. Instead I only make a little bit of progress on one or two projects, and that’s it. Hours of work are practically wasted.

When I take a moment to focus and prioritize my work – when I focus on completing one project at a time – I get a lot more done.

Try it yourself. Even if you don’t have a lot of work, you may have other things in your life that are keeping your focus away from one, single goal.

The best way to gain focus? Write down all of the things that are on your mind; a to”do list works great for focusing your efforts. Once everything is written down, prioritize each item by importance, then get to work. It’s that easy.