In this generation, we barely have the time to do things we actually enjoy doing. We are either always working, or are glued to the smartphone which distracts us too much from creative thinking.
Yet, we just can’t seem to focus on the things that really matter. When a person is distracted or busy wasting time, a lot of things are sacrificed.
But, among the others, our creativity suffers a lot.
If you don’t invest any time to be with yourself, how will you peacefully express your creativity? When we’re constantly busy, we lose our abilities to concentrate or to daydream and create.
Emma Seppälä says that we must collaborate our linear thinking with our creative thinking, which can only come when you’re idle. When you can switch between these two, you can be sure that your days will be fulfilling.
Daniel Levitin, a neuroscientist, observes that information overload lessens our willpower as well as our creativity. He opines that creativity makes direct use of daydreaming, to translate our ideas into reality.
The spark of creativity doesn’t pop up at any time. For the creative process to start, you must carve out some time from your day and devote it to relaxing, letting your mind wander.
How can this be possible when every single moment you get, like at a red light or a restroom break, you reach for your phone instantly?
When you’re making your mind concentrate on things all times, it gets used to the idea of being busy. The brain then craves to be busy and to indulge in something rather than relax.
And this is what’s hindering man’s capabilities.
Journalist Michael Harris says that what we need to lessen our interactions, lessen the addiction to social media and to enjoy your own company with peace. Or else, our lives will just become an ocean of noise, where the valuable qualities are lost underneath.
But how will you disconnect from the increasing demand of being connected with people?
Here are a few suggestions by Seppälä.
1. Go for a walk and leave your phone behind.
2. Try venturing out of your comfort zone.
3. Take more time out for doing fun things.
4. Alternatingly do some work that needs focus and some activities which are more lightweight.
The fact that we’re too busy to have enough idleness for creative thinking gives most of us anxiety. We get a fear of missing out on the chance to express ourselves. And guess what, this actually affects health badly. So, think about it, would you rather try exercising your creative spirit or obsess about how many comments your profile picture got?