7 Tips To Help You With The Creative Process

When it comes to being creative, creativity requires that you keep your mind open and always being on the look out for ideas. The reason some people can not find solutions to their problems or come up with new ideas are usually because they hold rigid beliefs about how they want something to be done and are not willing to experiment with anything new. Another reason is because they think that being creative means you come up with something original which is not always true. You must first observe around, borrow ideas and when you master the copying then are you able to come up with your own. That’s why sometimes when I first learn a new technique in a sport, I try to master the imitation then I move on to add my own style or touch (the creative part).

1. Borrow Ideas. Look around the web for your topic, read or learn about them, add your own thoughts or ideas to them. It’s really hard to come up with your own ideas, but you can become inspired by the ideas of others.

2. Brainstorm. Before you begin working on your task, jot down a few ideas or solutions on paper. Then examine and research more on the ideas. As more ideas and answers pour in, keep adding to your list of brainstormed ideas.

3. Keep Thinking. I know that in one of my previous article about creativity, I said ‘ideas generally come to you if you don’t think too much about them,’ this is true only when you are trying not to force an idea and don’t yet have an idea to go off from. However, once you have an idea, you want to think as much as possible and research more about the idea so you can keep building it up. Thinking is good once you have something to build on.

4. Talk to friends or others. You can share your ideas or problems with other people and they can give you their thoughts or criticisms. Don’t take the criticisms negatively, but use them to inspire you.

5. Rest up or be distracted. If ideas just don’t come to you, perhaps resting up or doing something else can help you get more ideas later. Part of creativity requires insights and these insights come at unexpected times.

6. Pay attention to your sleep dreams if you could remember them. Our dreams are supposed to give us insights or ideas, so paying attention to them might really help especially the more vivid dreams.

7. Be willing to start over.  If an idea just doesn’t work or can easily be solved, scratch the task off your to-do list for now. Work on another project and come back to it at a later time. Don’t waste too much time working on something that you are stuck on. Furthermore, the more productive you feel, the more ideas you can generate later.

If anyone else have ideas, feel free to leave me a message. These ideas are based on my personal experiences when I’m trying to come up with topics to write for articles and they have really helped me. However, they may not work for all so be sure to give me your feedback.

Tips To Help Build Up A Healthy Work/Study Habit

Let’s say you have a new activity or project that you would like to incorporate into your schedule. This of course requires you to build up a habit. The habit should allow you to stay focused and committed for a long time so that you can get the work done. Here are some tips that can help build up a work/study habit.

1. Allocate a time slot where you work/study. Preferably, set up this time slot for every day of the week so that the habit builds up faster. Furthermore, most often, we procrastinate or aren’t able to keep up is because we do not consciously put effort into when to get a job done. To overcome this, you need to dedicate a time in the day every day for the work.

2. Work/study at your own pace. You don’t have to rush. You just just have to get some work done even if it’s a little. Little progress a day adds up to a lot of work accomplished over the week. You’ll be surprised and amazed.

3. Note your progress. We don’t often pay attention to how far we’ve come until we look back to the beginning. Everyday, therefore, keep track of what you’ve done the day and over time you will be happy about the amount of work/accomplishment you’ve made.

4. Reward yourself. Every time you finish working, reward yourself with free time or spending money. You can also ask your parents for reward. Another way to reward yourself is to note your own progress as this can be self-fulfilling.

5. Build up a momentum. Once you get started, and you find yourself getting more productive, try to do more and more. Set up more projects and go for them. Don’t get bored by doing the same thing everyday.

Questions To Help You Figure Out Your Future

Are you lost about the future of your life? Do you feel stuck, aimless, that life lacks substance? That you are simply waiting for someone or something to take control of your life? The truth is no one can change your life except yourself.

1. What are some things you like to see or have in your life? List them. Set up a plan to work towards getting each one.

2. What kind of lifestyle do you want to lead? Describe how you would like your life to be like in 1 year, 2 year, 3 year and so forth down the line. Pay attention to your progress and small changes that occur. What would you be doing each day?

3. Since you need money to survive and live the lifestyle you want, what is an ideal job that accomplishes those? How are you going to get there?

4. What are your bucket list? This question sort of relates to question 1, but bucket list are usually more about 1 time things that you’ve done whereas things you like to see or have in your life is more permanent. For example, a bucket list might be to Travel, whereas something you like to have could be a house, an expensive car, a significant other or so forth. For bucket list, write out as many things as you could think of no matter how silly they are.

5. How are you currently progressing towards your desired future? What are you currently doing now that’s getting you closer to your future?

6. What are some things you are doing now that is moving you away from the future? What could you do instead so you could move in the right direction?

Tips To Move in a Forward Direction in Life

If you feel that you are always stuck and going nowhere in life, it’s probably because something is holding you back. The reasons could be: 1. Not ready for change. 2. Fear of failure. 3. Lack of self-confidence. 4. Lack of vision. 5. Still holding on to somebody or some things. You fear that if you move forward, you won’t be the same person again and everything will be different. So you cling on to your old ways trying to prevent things from changing. However, if you feel that you can’t stay in the same spot anymore and you want some momentum forward, here are some tips that could help:

1. Take it slow and one step at a time. You don’t have to rush and blame yourself when everything is not going right. If some days, you feel that you are going nowhere, you don’t have to get frustrated.

el alright at where you are and not get pulled/pushed back. It’s a gradual buildup of how you feel and the product of your hard work. So if you feel good one day, ask yourself what is it that makes you feel good and keep striving for the thing that makes you feel good. If compromises are necessary, do it anyways. Strategically weigh the prices you have to pay for the future that you desire vs the having to feel bad at this moment.

2. Leave all baggages behind. If you are waiting for someone or hoping that someone would turn around, don’t. Put a closure to it. If you must intentionally destroy all chances you have with that person, do it and say everything you need to say ‘good or bad.’ Just don’t linger on any expectations. If something is meant to be, it will be.

3. Always smile and have faith in your actions. Never question yourself and if what you do is right or not. Just believe in yourself and realize that you’re human. If you’re making mistakes towards your objective, don’t sweat it too much. The outcome will be the same regardless of how many mistakes you make as long as you are striving towards that ending you desire.

4. If you’re lazy or your work habit is a mess, start putting effort into things. Get in touch with the feelings of discouragement, unsatisfactions, and guilt for not reaching your goals. They are your callings. Listen to them, and use them to be the driving force of your productivity. Only productivity can make you happy.

5. Forget everything else. Put the less important stuff aside. Try to not procrastinate. Be conscious of your habits and slowly replace them with something else. For example, if you find yourself watching Anime instead of studying, while watching Anime, think about your work behind your head. Eventually all you’ll be thinking about is work.

6. Start slow. Don’t immediately throw everything aside, start small by working towards making greater and greater sacrifices. For example, don’t immediately decide that you are going to stop hanging out with friends, or stop watching Animes, instead, slowly remove one thing at a time.

7. Should the day come when you finally succeed, then you can rest if you want to. At least, you’ve already lived your life to the fullest and will not have any more regrets. You’ll be eternally happy and carefree.

General Tips To Help You Focus When Studying

Unlike my previous article on how to deal with various factors that cause you to be unfocused, this article is less situation specific and more on general things that you could do or try.. However, since the tips here will be more general, they might not be as helpful. They could however help you when you haven’t yet figured out your problem and you just want quick solutions.

1. Choose to study in the public such as a library, coffee shop or empty classroom. Sometimes trying to study at home can make you less focused because you have more privacy. Studying in public takes away the privacy and forces your mind to focus on things you could only do while you’re in public.

2. Use the 5 Minute Rules or something alike to help you get started. The 5 Minute Rules is telling yourself to start on something such as reading the assigned readings or doing your practice questions and trying your best to stay focus for as long as 5 minutes. 5 minutes is really short so it should motivate you to get started on something you may dislike.

3. Reward Yourself. Think of something that you would like to do instead and tell yourself that only once you finished what you are supposed to do are you allowed to do the preferred thing. This tip will work well if you have something else on your mind and need to put it aside to stay focus.

4. Study at a good time. When is a good time for you to study? When do you find yourself most productive? Do you focus better at night or in the day? Do you study better when you are fully rested or just moderately? Knowing the answers to these questions could you determine a good time to study. Sometimes, we study when we are feeling less into it and that’s not a very efficient way to go about studying.

5. Use a Timer. We are generally really poor at estimating how much time we need to get something done. We overestimate the amount of time we have and we end up procrastinating. If instead, we just set up a timer to like work for an hour, we are more likely to want to hold true to our words and see what we can accomplish. A part of achieving our goals is to set up a deadline for when certain tasks are needed to be done.

6. Break Larger Task Into Smaller Ones. Sometimes, we feel like we have so much to do that we procrastinate, because we dread. Instead, we can avoid this by doing what we’re able to do first and slowly build our way up. Furthermore, it helps if you seek help for the tasks you can not accomplish so you don’t get stuck on one place and becoming frustrated.

7. Use a state of flow to your advantage. The state of flow is when you most productive and focused on the task. When you take notice of this state, you want to keep working on what you’re working on to make the most use of your efforts.

8. Listen to certain music can help you focused. If you have a playlist of music that helps put you in the mood to study, you might want to try listening to those musics prior to when you study. However, once you are focused, you might want to turn the music off since listening to music can also reduce your ability to absorb information.

9. Study where others are studying. Sometimes it’s easier to study when we see that others are studying so you might want to try a library or classroom.

10. Find ways to put yourself in the mood to study. Sometimes, you might feel tired or unmotivated to study, but if you warm up, it could help. Some things you could try are listening to music, talking to friends to ease your mind off other things, or just finding a quiet place to sit still.

I think it’s important that our heart wants and desires something before we can fully commit to an activity. If we don’t find joy or meaning in what we have to do, we don’t really want to put in efforts. It is important that we really want something. You guys know how there’s a saying in my Tumblr that “Look where your mind wanders when you are distracted and that’s usually where your heart is” I think it’s true when it comes to trying to focus as well. We tend to focus on things we actually have feelings for where it’s effortless for our thoughts to wander to those places. When it comes to school, your heart has to be thinking about it first before you can truly focus with little efforts.

Psychology Questions to Ponder

1. Do night owls possess higher IQ? 

2. Do easily distracted people have greater creativity? 

3. Are sarcastic people more intelligent? 

4. Does swearing reduce pain? 

5. Do people who easily blush make better lovers? 

6. Why do people trust you more if you act embarrassed? 

7. Why do we do better in some things but not others when people are watching us? 

8. Why do people talk to themselves?

9. Does eye movement tell you what someone is really thinking? 

10. How does walking through doorways cause forgetting? 

11. Why do studies show that you are happier spending money on others than yourself? 

12. Does similarities breed attraction? 

13. Does writing down your worries help you perform better on exam? 

14. Does journaling your thoughts really help you with over thinking or does it make it worse?