Doodling for Creativity, Health and Productivity

The value of a stick figure

stick man medI used to think that I am not creative because I cannot draw or paint. Even my stick figures are pretty horrid.

Then a couple of decades ago I realized that my love of cooking and entertaining, even if it started with a recipe, was creative.  I even began to see my career in high-tech as having some creative aspects to it. As a consultant, one of the most exciting aspects is getting to create goals, project and methodologies for my clients. (It’s also one of the most daunting aspects, but I save that discussion for another time.)

As I better understand creativity, I realize it is present in every aspect of our lives… not just creating a painting.  It can be with us in most activities–from driving a new route to getting to know a stranger. More important, it is a good way to strengthen our physical and mental health, and it’s easier than we think.

Remember when you were a kid and could play outside for hours?  Yes, toys were a part of it, but they were rarely used for their intended purpose: a hula hoop became a marker for tag, or a swing became something to jump from. Even those simple changes came from engaging our brain in a different way. Doing this as adults helps us to use more of our brain cells, which helps us to stay creative and continue to gain mental power.

KC_OverTheHump_Masthead 230x200Being creative is also easier than we think. As discussed above, just doing something in a slightly different manner has positive effects:

  • sit in a different seat in your weekly meeting to get a different perspective on it
  • go out of your way to meet new people and ask unusual questions
  • approach a project in a method that diverges from your process of the past: if you often start with brainstorming with a group, go solo before engaging others–or visa versa
  • doodle, even if your stick figures are as funny as mine, stare out a window, or let your mind wander

How do you express your creativity? Do you see it as an important part of your life? Will you do anything differently after reading this? Try a new recipe?

Please help us all learn by sharing in the comments below!

Continued success!

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“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”

~ Albert Einstein

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