Creative thinking plays a main role in problem solving, so, whatever we do in our family and professional lives, we all need to nurture our innate creativity.
“It is important to take notice.”
“The true secret of happiness lives in taking genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”
- William Morris
Mindfulness is a mental state of being, in which you focus on the present moment and simply take notice. It is a state of awareness in which you are able to notice and acknowledge what is going on both inside you and in your surroundings.
Here are some things to try to boost your creativity.
When you wake up, don’t rush out of bed, take time to take notice of the details around you. Look at the lights, furniture, pictures, switches, door patterns and curtains.
Listen to the sound of the morning. Look through the window and listen carefully for the birds, cars, doors opening, and realize the patterns of sound. Become aware of the sounds, patterns and sequence.
Make yourself a nice cup of juice, tea or coffee and take a few focused minutes while drinking the tea and become aware of the taste and how you feel.
Take 5 minutes to reorganize a part of your space and declutter the space. Your surroundings have the power to affect your mood and we can't think creatively with a negative mindset. Make sure your home & office lifts your spirit.
Change your perspective - start looking at issues and new solutions through another person’s point of view. How would your colleagues and partner approach this matter?
Develop the “what if” challenge. Ask the “what if”- question 7 times on just one issue and make sure the answers are different each time. Do the “why” and “why not” challenge.
Try retrofits for many things around you. Improvise to solve a challenge at home and see new ideas come up. Look for images online and see new ideas and concepts.
As you do all these things and more, your goal is to inspire new ideas flowing into your mind and pushing new possibilities. You need to give yourself permission to try and to make efforts even with the possibility of failing & then try again.
Boosting your creativity at midlife requires mindfulness effort and celebrating your little wins.