Creative Techniques

Time – 5 Ways You Know You’re Wasting Time

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In this post I will cover 5 ways that you might be wasting time; more so with your creative ideas, and I will hopefully have the solution to each of these aspects.

Are You Constantly Coming Up With New Ideas?

Not to say that it is a bad thing to have a vast amount of ideas, but the more you think of new ideas, the more time you are wasting on a perfectly good idea you may have come up with in the first place. It is never a bad idea to have too many ideas, but it becomes a bad idea if you do not develop those ideas at all. Not everyone will succeed from their first idea but a couple ideas down the line or maybe more, they will start to see some progression and start gaining the results they have hoped to see.

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How Does Your Behaviour & Creativity Link?

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There can be huge link between your behaviour and creativity, if you let it happen. We are not all born with the creative flare that others are blessed to have, however there are ways in which you are able to incorporate being both imaginative and creative. I for one believe that anyone can be creative, we just need the right attitude and to be able to break out of our comfort zones. Being creative isn’t as easy as you think, there are always questions you may want to ask yourself to reach a creative solution or you will get agitated in not receiving the ideas you want.

Curiosity is a great way to start being creative, if you have a look at our previous post Curiosity Killed the Cat it will give a reason as to why curiosity and creativity are strongly linked.  You can’t go wrong in being curious when it comes to increasing your knowledge and imagination. Read More

Tips on Handling Stress

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Stress Relief

As of recent, I’ve been interested in stress management. Stress is something that unfortunately has the possibility to hinder us all at times. We can however, use stressful times as an opportunity to find relief in new directions, try something new and/or use the negative energy to fuel something positive.

In such an interest, I’ve been researching tips and tricks to help handle stress.

I think the first thing to identify when discussing stress is that there are different types.

Covert Stress

Covert stress as its name suggests builds up with no clear warning and can occur in various ways. The most common factor that aids covert stress is lack of sleep. Unfortunately this can happen for various reasons such as your job, responsibilities or something as simple as an unorganised environment.

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Personal Touch

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You’ve got an idea, a project proposal, a way to do something but think or know someone else has already come up with the it, and then feel as though you’re a copy cat. Most of the time people will come up with the same solution to a common problem.  The difference in being creative and coming up with the same solution or result is due to adding a personal touch.

Now this is only a short post, but it is something worth thinking about. Ask yourself this question: Does the work you produce reflect your personality?

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Top Five Kind Art Posts

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As you are aware, Kind Art produces content including creative techniques, motivation and inspiration. As well as written content we also aim to provide a strong portfolio with a mixture of web designs, photography and the use of Photoshop.

Below I have compiled a list of the top five (in no particular order) Kind Art posts to date:

Try Something New

Stuck in a rut? Do you often find yourself getting bored easily because you’re doing the same thing over and over again. This post wants you to try something new! Break out of the vicious cycle of doing tedious tasks and do something different, or try something completely new. There are five things to try, so why don’t you give them a go today if you haven’t already.
“Trying something new ensures you don’t run your creativity into the ground.”

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5 Techniques For Creativity

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Creativity comes from the vision of artistic integrity. Being creative is something anybody and everybody can do with risks and a thought-out plan. With an artist being creative there is no right or wrong decision on the creation you display just a visual expression in what you have produced.

What is creativity?

Creativity develops from combining two unusual elements to identify uniqueness for an individual and their creations, creativity is developed from experimenting. Along with experimenting; a portfolio of well drafted ideas and a strong focus on the task could create a huge increase in your creativity.

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Seeing is Believing

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The idiom seeing is believing originated from around 1639, mainly associated with religion, which I won’t be getting into. The proverb means ‘you need to see something before you can accept that it really exists or occurs.’ which has a similar meaning to the proverb if it is used as an idiom ‘only physical or concrete evidence is convincing’.

This posts is being written to relate the idiom to our creative ideas and what we are able to gain from seeing what we can produce. So, how much does the idiom associate with out creativity?
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Taking Your Ideas Further

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Same Thinking, Same Results

It’s imperative for a creative mind to understand the importance of asking questions. Asking questions opens up new ideas, it takes us down new paths that we may have never envisioned before, and the right questions will determine whether such a endeavour is worth the time and effort.

If you find yourself with answers that do not lead onto more questions, you’ve reached a stalemate.

Ending up in a place where there are no more questions is a very dangerous place for a creative. If this is case, as creatives it means that we’re not using our minds as strongly as we usually would, or that the current path may be running dry and doesn’t have as many creative possibilities as we initially thought.

“If you don’t have any more questions for what you’re doing, that doesn’t mean you’ve arrived at an end point. It means you aren’t looking in the right places.” – Tanner Christensen

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Technology: Friend Or Foe?

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Technology is everywhere, used every day and a huge amount of those using it believe it or not, are children. They use it so much that they’re becoming more advanced in using devices than some of the older generation.

It’s worth nothing that social skills have decreased due to individuals wanting to spend more time inside on the internet or watching TV, rather than interacting with their friends, family and/or colleagues. This raises the question of whether technology helps or hinders our ability to be creative. Some say it does and some say it doesn’t, but what is the real answer?

Is technology a friend or foe?

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Five Creative Ways To Brainstorm

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Brainstorming helps with solving problems, coming up with ideas and just a way to get things from your mind to paper. It can be done with just yourself or you can indulge in group discussions to gain more ideas in a small amount of time. There are many ways you can brainstorm. For the time being, here are five ways you can brainstorm creatively:

1. Mind Mapping

A very visual way for you to be able to capture your thoughts and ideas. Mind mapping will allow you to plan things, remember things more easily and is useful to write general notes. You can use it for your exams, organization, planning parties, events, conferences and much more. When starting a mind map, consider using bright colours that will attract your brain to recall what is written down, you can also use pictures in place of words. As we do tend to remember imagery more than words.

Mind mapping is claimed to be invented by Anthony “Tony” Buzan. He has developed a mind mapping software called iMindMap8, the software also allows you to brainstorm your ideas as well as presenting a template of a mind map. I’ve not looked at it yet, but it’s worth checking it out.

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