Create Yourself a Creative Climate
Notes from Michael LeBoeuf's book,
Certain conditions and attitudes tend to result in new and better
ideas. Your idea productivity can be enhanced by placing yourself
in a proper state of mind.
Give Yourself an Incentive
Write down the rewards that you feel you will reap from making
the effort to generate new ideas.
Put Pressure on yourself
You must create a sense of urgency about coming up with ideas.
The necessary pressure can be created by giving yourself reasonable
but challenging deadlines for coming up with new ideas
and sticking to them.
Creative people frequently develop the knack of visualising and
manipulating images in the area in which they are creative.
A common techniques is to block out all verbal thoughs and
concentrate on forming mental pictures of the subject
or problem, for example Kekule's dream
Be receptive to your new ideas
Almost every invention came about because some person stubbornly
believed in the products of his or her own imagination.
Judgment should be withheld when generating new ideas. Ideas are
produced in greatest quantities when judgment is withheld.
Innovate with a spirit of playfulness
Creative people are known for a spirit of intellectual playfulness and a
marked sense of humour. Such traits allow them to approach their
work in a relaxed manner, which in turn stimulates their creative
Hang loose. Toy at the ideas. Avoid being too careful. Let your
mind wonder. Enjoy.
Focus on one thing at a time
Relaxed attention on the most important task at hand.
A final way to set the stage for creative effort is to perform
an activity or set a condition which subsequently brings forth
your ideas. This is covered elsewhere on this web site under
the topic of rituals.
Last updated: 6th October 1996