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Being creative-er

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You know already, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, that I like Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and the books he wrote based on his research. “Flow” is his term and much of his research involves discovering more about that state of mind. In past postings I’ve recommended his books, and Mind on Books reminds me to recommend another: Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention:

In the last chapter of his book Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, based on interviews with 91 creative individuals, Csikszentmihalyi offers some practical suggestions for enhancing creativity. These are the summary points discussed more completely in the book:

  • Try to be surprised by something every day.
  • Try to surprise at least one person every day.
  • Write down each day what surprised you and how you surprised others.
  • When something strikes a spark of interest, follow it.
  • Wake up in the morning with a specific goal to look forward to.
  • If you do anything well, it becomes enjoyable.
  • To keep enjoying something, you need to increase its complexity.
  • Take charge of your schedule.
  • Make time for reflection and relaxation.
  • Shape your space.
  • Find out what you like and what you hate about life.
  • Start doing more of what you love, less of what you hate.
  • Develop what you lack.
  • Shift often from openness to closure.
  • Aim for complexity.
  • Find a way to express what moves you.
  • Look at problems from as many viewpoints as possible.
  • Figure out the implications of the problem.
  • Implement the solution.
  • Produce as many ideas as possible.
  • Have as many different ideas as possible.
  • Try to produce unlikely ideas.
  • Choose a special domain.

Written by Leisureguy

18 October 2007 at 11:23 am

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