Thursday, February 26, 2015
Key to Creativity--a good nights sleep
Finding your passion is also about using your creativity. Many of us, do not believe we are creative, but all of us have some hint of creativity. You have probably had experiences of creativity yourself. Perhaps while talking to a friend, going for a walk or reading a magazine article, you find yourself suddenly inspired with an idea that solves a problem totally unrelated to the conversation, scenery or article That is creativity.
Likewise, the scientist who, through sudden inspiration, invents a new chemical or technology or theory, will almost certainly have been actively looking for such solutions in the past. Indeed, passive creativity seems to be one approach our mind takes towards solving problems
Although the exact process is not clear, it seems that the biochemical process of the brain restructures memories before storing them during the night. This restructuring most likely allows our minds to see problems in new ways and so bring new solutions to them.
Most of us thing that creativity is about when we generate creative ideas as potential solutions to a problem in an active way. Active creativity occurs in brainstorming sessions where we are actively generating ideas; while mind mapping; when we are sitting at our desks trying to figure out how to make a business presentation more compelling to a client; and in any other situation where we are actively trying to solve a problem.
In fact, one could argue that all creativity is the result of previous efforts at active creativity. The author who dreams up an idea for a novel may not have actively been looking for a new novel idea. But, since her profession is writing, you can be sure she frequently does actively seek new ideas.
Research carried out by the University of Luebeck in Germany found that sleep seems to be an essential ingredient for creativity, which confirmed what many people have long suspected: sleeping on a problem can help you solve it more creatively.
Inspiration alone will not give you ideas. You need to break down your problems into creative challenges and actively try to solve them. But, if the solution does not come through the usual idea generation channels, one of the best creativity tools you have available is to put the problem to the side of your mind, so to speak, and give your mind a chance to add new input and surprise you with passively creative ideas. A good night's sleep along the way will only help