Earlier this month, Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, wrote about six habits of exceptionally creative people. It was an interesting look at how the creative mind works. Here are six strategies Bradberry recommends to help readers reach new levels of creative productivity.
- Wake up early. Not everyone is a morning person, but Bradberry says the majority of creative thinkers wake up early – Ben Franklin, Ernest Hemmingway, Howard Schultz. If you aren’t a morning person, the best way to become one is through consistent sleep habits.
- Exercise regularly. Exercise relieves stress, but it also makes you feel good mentally, freeing your mind so it can focus and be productive.
- Stick to a schedule. Surprisingly, creative people aren’t necessarily free spirits that can’t handle structure. In fact, having a rigorous routine can help us to be more creative.
- Create for yourself. Bradberry’s advice here was “don’t quit your day job,” but that may be too restrictive for some. Instead, we think people are more successful and creative when they are creating something for themselves and not for a paycheck. If you truly love what you do, we think there’s room for your passion to be your day job.
- Be flexible in where you work. Bradberry says creative people have a tendency to learn to work anywhere, anytime. Be prepared at any moment to capture an idea before you lose it.
- Understand that creative blocks are really just procrastination. We’ve all been there. We put things off until the last minute. We need the pressure or adrenaline of a deadline to force us to create, but creative blocks are really just procrastination. Don’t let it bog you down. Power through and keep working.
These are interesting insights that are relatively easy to apply, though they require some discipline. Which of these habits are already part of your day? Which ones can help you to be more creative?