Psychologists have developed lots of weird and wonderful ways of testing creativity. For example, people have been given a brick with a few minutes to create as many uses for it as possible; they’ve also been given a pencil and a squared sheet of paper and asked to make each square into a different object. Whilst some of these tests have been considered helpful, most of the techniques used by people are considered useless when it comes to enhancing their creativity.

In todays article, I want to share with you 7 Ways To Boost Your Creative Mind And Productivity, that is based on scientific research.

1. Prime Your Mind Tensely And Then Relax

One of the ways to help you come up with new ideas is to prime your mind tensely on a problem, but then give yourself a release of effort by doing something completely different. During the release period, feed your mind with new and diverse ideas, for example, flicking through a magazine, play a video game, search the internet. But don’t push it. Simply immerse yourself in novel ideas and experience, and leave it up to your brain to find connections.

2. Change Your Perspective

Changing your perspective helps produce novel solutions. Try imagining how a child, idiot, friend, artist or accountant would approach the problem. Alternatively, think about two related situations by applying the ‘is like’ rule. For example, attracting more people to my business is like a street entertainer trying to attract a crowd. How is the problem solved in these situations, and can this idea be applied to your problem? Finally, think about doing the exact opposite of every solution you have created so far.

3. Play

When you are being too serious your brain becomes constrained. Jump-start your creativity by having some fun. Take a break for 15-minutes, watch a funny film, incorporate strange words into your next conversation with a friend.

4.  Ask Yourself Interesting Questions

When the world becomes familiar, your brain reverts to automatic pilot and stops seeing what is right in front of your eyes. Try switching your mind to manual by becoming more curious about the world. Ask yourself an interesting question each week. Why do people laugh? Why are bananas yellow? How cmoe yuor bairn is albe to udnertsnad tihs snetence eevn tghough the frist and lsat ltetres of ecah wrod are crreoct? Invest some time and energy trying to discover possible answers to the questions, if only for the sake of finding out.

5. Surround Yourself With Green

To inspire creative thoughts, place plants and flowers in a room, and if possible, ensure that windows look out at trees and grass, not concrete and steel. Don’t try to fake it. Pictures of waterfalls do not aid innovation, and even high-definition screens showing live camera feeds from natural scenes do not make people feel more relaxed. So, if you really cannot introduce nature into a space, head for the nearest green spot. also, when decorating rooms to inspire creative and innovative thinking, avoid red and go for green. The same concept applies if you are trying to get creative juices flowing from others – prime them with the colour green.

6. Pursue New Experiences

You can increase creativity by discovering new places and areas, listening to new sounds and inspirational conversations with friends or people you just met. It’s good to break out of your everyday routine and habits. Routines can be a barrier for innovation and creativeness, which is why pursuing new experiences and activities can have a positive impact on your creativity, such as painting, learning how to play the guitar or simply by writing a poem. By implementing variation into your life you activate especially the right parts of your brain that is responsible for inspiration, creativeness and intuition.

7. Always Keep A Notebook Close

Scientists have shown that the brain processes the events of the day when we sleep, but also starts to slide into a very creative phase before you fall asleep.  Placing a notepad on your bed stand will allow you to capture ideas arising out of these phases. It can pay off to know everyday situations when you are in a creative mood and to make some efforts to capture and evolve ideas that arise out of such a mood. These creative moods occur especially in situations where you do not get distracted, which allow your thoughts to wander, so it’s important that you keep a notebook close to you at all times.