Self Isolation During COVID-19

Tips for Keeping Your Creative Juices Flowing in Times of Self-isolation

Savan Francis
Savan Francis/April 13, 2020

Whether you are a brand manager, an influencer, entrepreneur or employee, the period of self-isolation applies to each and every one of you. Thankfully, we’re seeing people looking for ways to overcome the challenges posed by the coronavirus and what better way to deal with them than getting creative. After all, few things inspire more creativity in human beings than a good long period of self-isolation. Don’t believe me? Well hear this, some of the greatest works in the history of human civilisation including those of Isaac Newton and Shakespeare were produced while they were in self-isolation during some plague outbreak.

So does it mean we have an inherent obligation as human beings to become creative during a pandemic?  Well, not necessarily but there are ways in which you can nurture creativity and become a more productive person during your quarantine period.

People have this tendency to associate creativity with the arts. However, you don’t necessarily have to be an artist to be creative. Of course, arts are inseparable from creativity, but the latter also applies to other disciplines like engineering, design and science.

So let’s look at some practices which you should probably develop during your quarantine period to bring out the creative side in you and expand your horizons.

Start paying serious attention to your curiosity

Maybe the random thought you just now had in your mind holds the key to some amazing ideas. But then, you didn’t even bother to give it a second thought because you think of curiosity as an indulgence. The sooner you start indulging your curiosity, the better. As we all may know, in order for creativity to flourish you must get curious about something. Creativity always springs from our imagination and curiosity plays a huge role in the process.  So the next time you feel curious about something, keep pursuing that line of thought. Find out where your curiosity may lead you and what it will make you explore.

Building up your confidence level

The insecurity in you has a way of seeping into your personality traits and making you lose confidence. The lack of confidence, in turn, can impair your abilities to become creative. Hence it’s important to build confidence. As you work on different methods to restore confidence, make sure to track the progress you’re making. Once you feel you’ve got somewhere, you should be ready to start taking some risks. The world of creativity is inhabited by people who take risks.

Taking risks is the most effective way to build your creative abilities. Of course, every risk you take may not result in success, however, it will give you a springboard for stretching your horizons and developing creative talents.

Brainstorming for new ideas

Brainstorming is perhaps the most overused term in the digital age. It’s a technique which allows people to generate as many ideas as possible within a short span of time, ideally, people conduct them in quick sessions. However, it remains to be seen how many people actually make the most of it. As far as creativity goes, brainstorming is an effective technique that helps people become more creative.

Learn to stop being so self-critical and start thinking of ideas and their possible solutions. You need to keep doing this for a short span of time until you think you’ve got enough ideas. Instead of settling for the first idea think about all the related ideas and the possible solutions they could have. Now, proceed to separate the wheat from the chaff and whittle down the ideas into the best form. When performed effectively, brainstorming can improve your problem-solving skills.

Set up a mind map and flow chart

So you have done all the hard work generating tons of ideas. Now you need to have a mind map in place to connect all the dots and find creative solutions to the problems. If a brainstorming session allowed you to find a great number of ideas, a mind map will help you branch out those ideas and visualise how all these ideas may be linked to one another. As you try to turn ideas into potential projects, build a flow chart to see the project through from beginning to end. The flow chart will help you track the progress of the project and different paths or scenarios that may emerge along the way. In the long run, the flow chart will help you identify the potential obstacles and find unique methods to overcome them.

Searching for inspirations

Are you looking for the wrong things in all the wrong places? Well, then you are doing the right thing. Creativity is not something that just happens to when you idly sit under an apple tree. Well, there may be exceptions. But 9 times out of 10, creativity works better when you start looking for inspiration. So never make the mistake of waiting around for creativity to happen to you, rather actively see ideas that will inspire you to do innovative things. Make the most of your free time by reading a book, watching a movie or listening to music. Try engaging in discussions with your friends. The idea is to stay open to new experiences and improve the quality of your life. Always make a point of noting down your ideas when they come to you.

Relax your mind and focus better with meditation

When you feel drained of all energy, relaxation can work as an effective tool to exercise your creative ligaments. Relaxing your mind every now and then can do wonders to your mind and imagination. Now put down your phone, shut down your laptop, just lay back and unwind. It’s the break your mind has been crying out for all along. The age-old technique is neither time-consuming or costly. It can be something as simple as meditation. It will help you tap into the real potential of your mind. Meditation will mellow your mind and stimulate your general mood, thus helping you to remain calm and focused.

Meditation is also a useful technique for organising your thoughts and leveraging productivity. More importantly, it will put you in the right frame of mind and make you receptive to creative thoughts.

So, as you can see, it’s all about how all of you can, in your individual capacity, take up the challenge and look into ways to be more creative. Encourage your team members to stay positive and come up with solution-driven ideas that can offer real value to clients in challenging times like these. As we start getting more creative, we will be able to offer innovative solutions to help everyone live a better life.

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