THE WORD ACCORDING TO MARIA

Maria Gottschalk is one of my favorite online mentors. She has listed 6 ways of unleashing the creative beast in you!

Hope you find this inspirational….

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“1. Your physical workspace. What makes you feel creative? There is no right or wrong answer to this question – it’s a bit like a Rorschach assessment and individual to you – but it should be posed. Look around your work environment and ask yourself: What in your current space enhances your creative energy? For example, consider the aspects of sound, light and color in your environment. Whether listening to music or viewing your favorite painting puts you in the right frame of mind – find a way to incorporate these elements into your work environment.

2. Your “influencer” group. Include people in work life that you consider “creativity accelerators” – those individuals who will explore and develop ideas with you. Don’t have access to a group that has these qualities? Develop one. Whether these individuals work within your own organization or are accessible through online channels, build your own “community of creativity.” (

3. Look for opportunities to collaborate. Creativity can be enhanced when we are exposed to varying functions and perspectives. Find ways to contribute to teams and projects that are somewhat outside your comfort zone – even if this means organizing dedicated time to do so. Work alone at home? Seek a co-working environment and link up with others outside your realm.

4. Idea management strategies. Do you have a system in place to capture your ideas? If you have skipped this step, you may not maximize your creative potential. Find a method to record and review your moments of inspiration. Mount a vision board in your office – or keep a notebook ever ready. (Even Da Vinci had notebooks.) You’ll instantly boost your creative potential.

5. Manage yourself. Do you tend to have a “cluttered” mind that stops you from focusing your creative energy? Do you find you process information better on your own? Try to match your creative blueprint to how you work. If you need “quiet time” to process, seek this out. If you become distracted easily, develop a strategy that set limits and helps you to focus.

6. Don’t force it. Consider rest and reflection within your creative blueprint. Stimulating the senses is integral to maximizing creativity, however the benefits of down time – when your brain has the opportunity to process information – is just as critical. Studies have found that your brain requires rest to perform at its peak. Build time into your day to process.”

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