Habits That Can Crush Your Creativity!

Habits That Can Crush Your Creativity!


Whether you realize it or not, your thinking is structured by your habits. Habits are the actions that you do repeatedly day in and day out. As you think consciously in this direction, such actions will impact your subconscious mind. In the process, you tend to become a stereotype, crushing your creative impulse.

Therefore, it calls for introspection into your habits with a view to check whether such actions or habits actually promote creative thinking or hinder it. In this regard, let us explore a few habits that hinder our creativity.

Allowing Your Ego to Come in the Way of Your Thinking

This is the hardest of habits to be done away with. This is because it looks natural, so it is hard to realize but it prevents you from thinking logically, so much so that you never realize that there are other unexplored ways or ideas. Finally, you are resistant to change.

Not Starting Because of Self-Doubt

This is a problem with many of us. Often, we ask ourselves, “Am I creative?” “Can I handle this project?“ “Can I find a creative solution to this problem?” Eventually, we never start.

Being Disorganized

Your mind works well when you are at peace with yourself. You can never be at peace if you have a disorganized house or workstation. Eventually, we place an extra burden on our minds to think hard to recollect any missing object or to finish an incomplete task. Though there are certain individuals whose brains work faster under stress or as a deadline approaches, this may not be the case with everyone.

Sticking to One Idea or Solution

It so happens that we feel very happy if we can quickly find a solution to a sticky problem. We tend to go with that, not bothering to think of an alternative solution. We must bear in mind that there is no single solution to any problem. So, it is necessary to keep exploring creative solutions.

Not Having Enough Sleep

Sleep rejuvenates your body and mind. We often observe that lack of sleep slows down our minds and we feel lethargic throughout the day. It also reduces mental stress and it is well-known that a stress-free mind enables us to open our mind to several positive ideas around us.

However, today, this has become a much neglected activity. We often compromise on the amount we sleep because we have a lot to do. But we must keep in mind that this is detrimental to our creativity because an active mind is much more creative than a lethargic one.

Habits are very hard to overcome because they become a part of us over long periods. Nonetheless, identifying our bad habits is the first step to getting rid of them. In addition, with consistent and conscious practice, you can replace them with proactive habits that boost your creativity.

Do share your thoughts on the same.

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  • German

    Another cause of reduced creativity is allowing the others to take decisions and do not having discussions when you think there are better solutions than the proposed by your team-mates. We need to find a balance between just acepting other people ideas/positions and being the “mr always no”. The Evil’s advocate, when properly used, is a great way to keep your mind active.

    On the other hand, you need to train your brain to think in different ways. That means that you have to avoid the practice of “seroius thinking only at job”. Find some hobbies or activities for your free time that foster creativity. That creativity will arouse at work when needed!!

  • I work for the Creative Education Foundation (CEF) and we promote a process that leads you to deliberate creative thought. We were founded in 1954 by Alex Osborn, the inventor of brainstorming, through royalties from his book sales.
    Our main product is the Creative Problem Solving (CPS) process. It is a six step process that has been described as the premier tool for top level executives in critical decision making, however, it is useful to people from all walks of life.

    I really liked how you alluded to one of our main principles- deferment of judgment. All ideas are good ideas when it comes to thinking creatively and you can’t let your ego or your self-doubt get in the way of that.

    The CPS process uses divergent thinking (broad and exploratory) in tandem with convergent (analytical and reason-based) thinking throughout the multi-step process to produce the best possible action plan to reach your goal or wish or overcome your challenge.