Creativity exercise: What’s your creativity?


Creativity is not just painting or creating music. Creativity is to come up with new ideas or expressions regardless of what aspect of life they concern. Creativity is about the creative process – how to approach a problem and about the result – the idea, the invention, the artwork, the feeling, the laughter.

Creativity can range from simple problem solving in everyday life to artistic expression, research, business development, politics, how we live our lives and how we become happy.

Have you ever thought about your own creativity, and what you would like to do about it? If not, this exercise may be helpful.

For the exercise you need a blank A3 size or larger paper and a box of crayons in different colours. In the centre of the paper, write “My Creativity“. Then try to associate freely. What emotions, words, pictures come up in your mind. Use the crayons to put these associations on the paper. If you usually think in words, try to draw small pictures or symbols as well. Don’t worry about how they look. This is not a test of how well you draw, and some simple lines are enough as long as they have a meaning to you. Drawing is extra important if you usually think in words, but if you usually think in pictures, try to supplement the drawings by also writing down your thoughts in words.

No matter how it looks, mix as much as possible and use all the colours you have access to. Don’t think too much but try to get into a flow where the output comes from your deeper consciousness rather than your logical thinking. Work with your paper for at least 10-15 minutes. When done, sit for a few minutes in front of the paper and reflect on what you have achieved. Was the result what you expected, or did you find any surprises? Do you have a clear and focused image of your creativity or does it spread it in different directions? If your paper is full – great you have a lot to work from. If your paper is almost empty – don’t feel bad about it. All new ideas have started with an empty sheet and if you continue to work with your creativity, you can later see how much you’ve developed.

If you don’t know what you want to do with your creativity, this would be a good moment to formulate a creative intention. Because how could you realise your dreams if you don’t know what they are?

Illustration: – fietzfotos

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Author: Karl Ekdahl

International public health leader and creativity blogger.

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