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18 Habits of Highly Creative People

Though creative personalities are difficult to regulate, there are some behaviors of highly creative people. Gregoire (2015) writes an article to illustrate the 18 habits of highly creative people. Check out these habits and tell us what you think!

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1. Creative People Daydream.

According to a 2012 study, daydreaming can trigger sudden connections and insights. Neuroscientists have also found that daydreaming uses brain processes that link it to creativity and imagination.

2. Creative People Observe Everything.

Creative people keep tracking information everywhere and turn this information into ideas later on. For example, a writer may keep a notebook to write down all his/her observations on strangers.

3. Creative People Work the Number of Hours that Work for Them.

No matter what the clock says, creative people will find their own most productive time and plan their schedule accordingly.

4. Creative People Take Time for Solitude.

Being alone may to some extent leave a space where the mind can wander, which might ultimately bring impressive insights and creative ideas.

5. Creative People Turn Life’s Obstacles Around.

Many creative people have striven upwards from a painful situation. It is found that pain is helpful for enhancing interpersonal relationships, spirit, and personal strength; it makes people discover new chances for living.

6. Creative People Seek Out New Experiences.

Openness to experience represents the will to explore the whole world – both the inner world of oneself and the outer world, leading to the achievement of creativity.

7. Creative People Fail.

The process of making creative work is often referred to as trial and error.

8. Creative People Ask Big Questions.

People with creativity are constantly curious; they keep asking and wondering about things that have occurred around them.

9. Creative People Observe Other People.

Ideas burst out of creative people when they are watching other people; they observe the way that people act and react. What they are examining carefully is human nature.

10. Creative People Take Risks.

Making creative work in some ways means creating something from nothing. Thus, it is not a job for the timid, because they may be overwhelmed by the amount of time, money and reputation they might waste.

11. Creative People View All of Life as an Opportunity for Self-Expression.

Since creative works come from the creators’ minds, they represent their opinion and are media of self-expression.

12. Creative People Follow Their True Passions.

Creative people are more energetic when coping with challenging tasks. This makes them feel they are powerful and making good use of their talents.

13. Creative People Get Out of Their Own Heads. This practice is related to daydreaming. Daydreaming lets creative people transcend their limited reality and allows them to imagine something unreal, which can boost creative thinking.

14. Creative People Lose Track of the Time.

Creative people might fall into a state of mind wherein writing, painting, dancing … doing anything that they enjoy or do well, but is still challenging - they are undisturbed by the outer world. In this state, they lose track of the time because they are wholeheartedly engaged with the work.

15. Creative People Surround Themselves with Beauty.

Creative people tend to have good taste, accordingly, they like to be close to beautiful things.

16. Creative People Connect the Dots.

According to Steve Jobs, creativity is connecting things. Creative people have the vision to link things others might never think to connect. They can see new possibilities.

17. Creative People Constantly Shake Things Up.

The diversity of experience is what creative people cherish. They prefer something new to keeping regular habits.

18. Creative People Make Time for Mindfulness.

Some creative workers embrace meditation as a tool to help them stay creative. Certain sorts of meditation can promote creative thinking and mindfulness practices are related to improved memory and focus, reduced pressure and anxiety and improved mental clarity.

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Gregoire, C. (2015, November 17). 18 Habits Of Highly Creative People. Retrieved September 30, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/highly-creative-people_us_56313441e4b063179910bd4e

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