Einstein said, “creativity is intelligence having fun.”
One thing I find interesting is how many people don't realize how creative they actually are. Creativity shows itself in a variety of ways.
Some people are creative for fun: making arts and crafts, DIY projects, writing, etc. Others are creative in their work, mastering a particular skill set or starting side business ventures.
They're compelled by something difficult to describe.
Whatever the outlet, creative people tend to share certain characteristics and habits. These habits, when practice regularly, turn into routines. And those routines often lead to being more productive.
So for those of us who are less creative, we can try to incorporate some of their methods in our own lives.
Here's 8 unusual habits of creative people, thanks to our friend JeffBullas:
1. Me time
“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” – Aldous Huxley
When you want to understand your ideas and get deep into your mind to test them, you’ll naturally gravitate towards solitude. Does this mean you have to be an introvert to be as creative as you possibly could? No. Extroverts can be just as creative as introverts. The key to success is in the balance.
Creatives need both socializing and solitude at different times. They depend on the surroundings if they want to get better ideas, but they also need their me time to reconsider their own opinions and dig deep into their creative hub.
An idea may seem silly at the beginning. When you first tell it to someone, they may laugh at you. Do you think that Jack Dorsey and his team had it easy when they got the idea of Twitter?
Of course not!
It was new. It was risky. Fortunately, they took the risk.
3. Conservation of ideas
Sometimes you get an idea in the middle of the night. You think: “this is great; I should start doing something about it.” In the morning, you start your usual day and continue with the current project.
Later, you’ll be left only with the impression of your idea. You know you had something, but you lost a particular element that was very important: the excitement.
That’s why creative people write down their ideas. Every single one of them. Have you seen Dostoevsky’s notes and doodles? The writer used to write down all ideas before transforming them into the novels we still read and love.
4. Accepting Failure
Resilience is an important personal strength that keeps creatives going. The creative process often comes with repeated failures.
You need to test different approaches, and many of them will be total failures. Then, you’ll find the one that works.
“People love Facebook. Hmm, I wonder why. I wonder how I could use their love for social media to create something new for them.” Do you see the point in this mental concept? Curiosity is what drives ideas.
Creative people have a habit of intense conversations with themselves. They wonder, and they try to find the answers within.
The world is your greatest inspiration.
Marcel Proust’s incredible memory was triggered by a madeleine. “I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me.”
This was no ordinary cake. Nothing is ordinary in this world! A single ray of light can inspire you to create something beautiful; you just need to notice it. Observe!
Whenever you see something interesting, you should wonder if you could apply it to what you’re doing. If you’re in the marketing niche, you can get inspired by novels, paintings, nature… anything.
Reflect on your impressions and think how you can accumulate new ideas from them. Then, write those ideas down.
What’s creation without imagination? Routines are good, and commitment is even better.
But, sometimes you need to unleash your mind, so you can observe how it works when you don’t control it. You may find beautiful ideas hidden in there.
You can learn more odd habits of extremely creative people from our friends at JeffBullas.