Success in life is about being productive and creative. Being productive is a simple manner of managing your time and energy, use the seven steps described in this article to become more creative.
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Seven Steps to Increase Your Creativity

I suppose everyone has their own idea as to success in life. To me, success in life is about being productive and creative. Being productive is a simple manner of managing your time and energy, but how do you become creative? You don't have to be an artist or an inventor to be creative, anyone can use the seven steps described in this article to become more creative.

1. Get adequate sleep.

Many studies have shown that sleep loss significantly impairs mental performance. If you want to increase your creativity, you must let your brain enter a stage of deep sleep known as REM sleep. REM stands for "rapid eye movement". During REM your eyes dart around rapidly as you dream.

Dreams are a byproduct of your brain as it tries to organize itself. It tries to make sense of the patterns it collected during the previous day as they relate to patterns it has stored over your lifetime. During sleep your brain is actually reorganizing and growing new brain cells and connections called dendrites that it needs to store the new information it has learned.

If you don't get adequate sleep to let your mind enter REM, it can't reconcile recently collected sensory and thought patterns. You can't learn and remember new information as easily as you should, you can't do well on exams in school, and you can't be creative.

2. Take a break and go for a walk.

Sometimes when you're sitting at your desk, or facing a task at hand, you put too much pressure on your brain to come up with a solution to a problem. Your brain is so focused on the stress of needing to come up a solution to the problem that it can't focus on creating an idea. You face a creativity mind block.

It may seem like a contradiction, but you might be able to come up with a creative solution if you stop thinking about the problem. Sometimes your mind gets caught in a track of thought that it can't get out of. Get away from the problem, relax, take a walk and think about something else.

Surprisingly your subconscious mind will still be working on the problem in the background. Except now it's not under the brain blocking stress that it was before. Your brain will leave the nonproductive track it was caught in, and to your surprise, a creative solution may come bubbling forth.

3. Capture ideas when they pop into your mind.

Your subconscious brain is constantly working in the background, generating random thoughts, ideas and concepts. Most of these ideas don't make sense in the light of reality and the brain quickly forgets them before you even know they existed. But every once and a while the subconscious mind judges one of these ideas to be compatible with reality and so lets the idea bubble up to your conscious mind.

Unfortunately these ideas can popup at inconvenient times, like when you're waiting in line, when you're sitting on the toilet, or in the middle of the night when you're in bed. Once your subconscious brain informs your conscious mind of an idea, it quickly forgets it. If you don't capture the idea the moment it comes forth, you will most likely forget it. In fact you will probably forget that you even had an idea.

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