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4 Tips to Unplug and Promote Creativity

4 Tips to Unplug and Promote Creativity | Unplug | Scoop.it
Most business managers thrive on information, but this overload can thwart the energy you need to build your business. Here's how to get it back.
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Spend enough time online and your might feel like you've lost your connection to creativity, but it's not lost so much as just misplaced.


Peter Gasca shares with us 4 simple and effective ways to reconnect with our creative side.


  • Take A Walk
  • Schedule Creative Time
  • Meditate
  • Covet Thy Sleep


Adopting simplicity of action in your life will keep you close to your gifts.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 16, 2014 12:15 PM

The key points are something that could be integrated into classroom time. Even meditation could be quiet time for students and teachers.

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Composing music with your thoughts

Composing music with your thoughts | Unplug | Scoop.it

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The project is the brainchild of Professor Eduardo Miranda, a composer who has made a living out of his fascination with what he calls music neurotechnology."


"His device reads thoughts, with the aid of a brain cap, and promises to translate those thoughts into music - a world away from the traditional composition process."

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Just Press Off

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It’s easy to get caught up in all the noise surrounding us.
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It's true simplicity does create focus and it's not hard to do... Just Press Off...

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Build the Business of Your Dreams with Mindfulness, Meditation & Happiness

Build the Business of Your Dreams with Mindfulness, Meditation & Happiness | Unplug | Scoop.it
Mindfulness and meditation are the essential keys to conscious creation in any aspect, but most importantly – in this case – your business.
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Consciously creating anything can be summed up in just three words.  Feel Good Now.  That's the premise of Tharyn Taylor who writes that mindfulness, meditation and happiness are the "essential keys to conscious creation" in your business (or in any part of your life, for that matter).

 

How to achieve conscious business creation?  Mr. Taylor shares three simple steps:

 

(1)  Keep it simple.  Mindfulness is the “quality or state of being conscious or aware of something”. Meditation is the practice by which you strengthen concentration and is directly linked to an increased sense of mindfulness. Feeling good has a direct link to creating better future experiences.

(2) The formula.  Meditation + Mindfulness + Feel Good Now.  Know it.  Do it.  It's not easy -- especially continuing a habit of feeling good in each present moment.  But if you continue to practice, it's "worth every once of effort".

(3) Leverage every advantage.  A wise business person leverages every known advantage in their business in order to grow.  This includes believing (and practicing) that mindfulness, meditation, and feeling good are fundamental keys to your success.

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Your Killer Taste & The Creativity Secret

Your Killer Taste & The Creativity Secret | Unplug | Scoop.it
On grit, the art of storytelling, and bridging the gap between good taste and great work.

This American Life host and producer Ira Glass
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According to Ira Glass, the ultimate secret of success turns out to be as simple as filling up the gap between your killer taste and those future best books (songs, paintings, etc.) with...


1. the work

2. THE work and, well,

3. the WORK.


But he doesn't just pound out the point relentlessly, no. He points out how human it is to notice the gap between your ability and ambition and to feel discouraged. Animated kinetic typography creatively emphasizes his encouragement to stay with the work, to give years to becoming your best. The big secret of success for writers, artists and others with that creative spark turns out to be plain, old-fashioned consistent hard work.

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When Planning is Planning to Fail - A Case for Creativity Off the Cliff

When Planning is Planning to Fail - A Case for Creativity Off the Cliff | Unplug | Scoop.it
"The job -- as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy -- of the artist is to embrace uncertainty, to be sharpened and honed by it."

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In the writing life (and often in general daily living) Ironing out our plans turns out to be a creativity killer. Dani Shapiro tells her own story of writing and how it's not about certainties as much as it's about embracing uncertainty, leaping into the unknown in order to birth great things.


Hard work combined with...


1. focus

2. diligence

3. integrity

4. honesty

5. optimism

6. courage...


"just might produce something good" says Shapiro. Whether writing, unplugging or recharging your life, story after story reveals more about grit and less about talent, more about creativity and less about planning. 


For more on creativity and writing, you might enjoy: http://sco.lt/8zpOG9

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The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life Teaches Entrepreneurship & Creative Thinking

The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life Teaches Entrepreneurship & Creative Thinking | Unplug | Scoop.it
Internet mogul Xavier Niel believes his new college, called 42, will produce graduates who are more employable, but some educators criticize its nontraditional methods.
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A new technology academy in France founded by Xavier Niel is turning 18-30 year-olds into entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and innovators. 

 

The college is called 42, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where the number 42 is proclaimed as the “Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything.”

 

While Niel's academy may not give its students the answer to the Universe, it is designed to produce graduates who are "more innovative, more employable, more diverse and more useful to the stagnant French economy."

 

Mimicked somewhat after Google with a young, playful atmosphere, Niel's idea is quite controversial in France; yet he believes it will work.  So much so that he has invested $94 Million for the academy's first decade of operations. 

 

Let's hope he has also made another type of investment -- a curriculum which includes learning about the benefits of unplugging.

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Sagan's Insight: Don't Just Unplug, Don't Just Ask "What's the Point?" But...

Sagan's Insight: Don't Just Unplug, Don't Just Ask "What's the Point?" But... | Unplug | Scoop.it
An inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness, spanning art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more.
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This brief but jam-packed Brain Pickings' gem draws our attention to Carl Sagan's legacy and, consequently, the influence his input can have on our worlds. Combined with golden insight from Neil deGrasse Tyson, you'll find motivation for more meaningful living in less than five minutes of encouragement. Read and listen...then, make it work for you.

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OF TREES AND HUES

OF TREES AND HUES | Unplug | Scoop.it

"Immobile. Impassable. Impenetrable. A wall that, despite our best efforts, is determined to stop us in our creative tracks. So, what do we do? What’s the best way to get back on our horse?"


"Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all fix for a problem like this. Luckily, though, there are a ton of options at our fingertips. The only question is which will work the best for each of us when the wall sets in."

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Walls may seem immovable but there are always ways around the obstacle.


Be creative in finding ways around daily distractions that keep you from being focused on what you want.

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Flying Atop The Creative Wind

Flying Atop The Creative Wind | Unplug | Scoop.it

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The problem: Often when I try and consciously do something creative I feel as inventive and whimsical as a pencil sharpener. Are there exercises one can do? Tips? Bon mots of wisdom one can latch onto like a drowning man clutching a life preserver?"

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I've always thought everyone had deep reservoirs of creative juice and for years I was bowled over whenever someone told me they weren't creative. How is this possible I'd ask myself, everyone if full of creativity.


Over the years I haven't changed my mind but instead I've changed my thinking about how easy it is to be creative. It turns out that for many people they do indeed need a map or a path with clear markers laid out for them


Of course everyone has a creative side but not everyone grows up being shown that side and if you fall into that group don't despair, you can learn how to crack open your treasure store of creativity.


Karen Woodward shares a wealth of ways you can use to ignite your creative flame and let it loose upon the world. Jump in, you'll be amazed.

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Creativity takes no excuses.

Creativity takes no excuses. | Unplug | Scoop.it
Creativity takes no excuses. Creativity means you are actively creating. No excuse – how tired you are, or how you feel stuck, or the fact that you don’t know where to start – will do if you want to...
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5 Ways Unplugging Helps Revive Your Creativity

5 Ways Unplugging Helps Revive Your Creativity | Unplug | Scoop.it
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly


"It's impossible to keep going all the time. Even cars need to rest their engines and refuel. While on vacation this past week, I was reminded why this was important for me too. Rest is key in refueling my creative energy as well as for my peace of mind.
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Adding Unplugging to your everyday routines will in short order make it a habit, a habit that is both healthy and one that will enable you to generate more creative ways of doing things.

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Freelance Writers Need to Unplug Too!

Freelance Writers Need to Unplug Too! | Unplug | Scoop.it
By Tiffany Howard. I don’t know about you, but as a freelance writer, I’m certainly guilty of spending too much time online. This isn’t new. I first discov
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As a freelance writer, Tiffany Howard reminds herself of the "importance of unplugging, going outside and spending time in the offline world."

 

So peel yourself away from the screen to find inspiration; enhance your physical well-being; and create an opportunity to collaborate with friends and colleagues. 

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Terence's curator insight, November 5, 2014 5:51 AM

Too true.

 

And so easy to justify time online -- research,  you know. 

 

However, when I do unplug and hit the gym, take a long walk, or otherwise 'get away', I find myself so revitalized.

 

This headline takes front and center space on my corkboard right above my monitor.

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Sprucing & Juicing: A Digital Hiatus

Sprucing & Juicing: A Digital Hiatus | Unplug | Scoop.it
You extend the life re-chargeable batteries if you let the battery drain completely before you re-charge it....When to Take A Hiatus and How to Make A Hiatus Extra Useful and Holy...Hiate. (I made that word up.) Hiate when you're pumped to jump.
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Danielle Laporte is taking a digital hiatus.  For a few weeks there will be no online publishing, Tweets, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.  And she thinks you should take one too.

 

Not the kind of digital hiatus where you simply recover, but one of sprucing and jucing -- where you "make space in which to prepare for the New".

 

When to take a hiatus and make it extra useful?

 

  1. Take a hiatus before you burn out; not because of it
  2. Take a hiatus when you want to enter a new creative phase
  3. Take a hiatus when it's time to create new habits
  4. Prepare for your hiatus; set a start and end date
  5. Have the courage to step back from what has substantially been feeding you

 

So go ahead and "hiate" -- Pause, Cleanse & Create!

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There Is No Left Brain/Right Brain

There Is No Left Brain/Right Brain | Unplug | Scoop.it

You are hardly alone if you believe that humanity is divided into two great camps: the left-brain and the right-brain thinkers — those who are logical and analytical vs. those who are intuitive and creative. It seems to be natural law. Except it isn’t.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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Wow!  This is news to me!  There is no Left Brain/Right Brain divide.

 

For as long as I can remember, human beings were either left-brain thinkers (rational and analytical) or right-brain thinkers (intuitive and creative).  Come to find out, that's not the case at all, and apparently scientists have known this for a very long time.

 

While the "left and right halves of the brain do function in some different ways, these differences are more subtle than is popularly believed."  In addition, the halves of the brain do not work in an isolated way.  Instead they work together as a whole system.  Finally, "people don't preferentially use one side or the other."

 

A brain myth busted!

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Lawrence Lanoff's curator insight, December 29, 2013 4:16 AM

Oops. I did it again. 

Miguel Garcia's curator insight, December 30, 2013 5:16 PM

great!

Eero Karvonen's curator insight, May 9, 2014 11:59 AM

Not left and right, but bottom and top…

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Zero In - A Path to More Aware Leadership

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Excuse me while I see who this text is from... Oh, wait. Have you noticed how it's become more and more difficult to zero in on specifics and stay there? Essential leadership skills consist of what Daniel Goleman refers to as a "triad of awareness."


These three golden disciplines are:


  • focusing on yourself
  • focusing on others
  • focusing on the wider world


Cram-jammed full of clarification of what the triad of awareness consists of and how it reveals character, this Harvard Business Review blog post is worth your undivided attention in spite of the length. Of particular illuminating significance, you'll find this nugget explains quite a lot in our current culture:


"Alarmingly, research suggests that as people rise through the ranks and gain power, their ability to perceive and maintain personal connections tends to suffer a sort of psychic attrition. In studying encounters between people of varying status, Dacher Keltner, a psychologist at Berkeley, has found that higher-ranking individuals consistently focus their gaze less on lower-ranking people and are more likely to interrupt or to monopolize the conversation."


This read also uncovers how focus and creativity go hand-in-hand. Goleman's put out yet another revealing, empowering exploration of emotional intelligence.

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Entrepreneurs Are Born -- Not Made

Entrepreneurs Are Born -- Not Made | Unplug | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs: nature or nurture? Telegraph.co.uk With the news that Labour are considering scrapping benefits for the under-25s if they are not in work, and as we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, Cause4 Michelle Wright questions the theory...

Via Thomas Faltin
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One of the fastest growing studies in both the US and the UK is the study of entrepreneurship.  And as Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated globally, Michelle Wright poses an interesting question: Can any child grow up to be an entrepreneur?

 

Still cynical about whether entrepreneurship can be taught, Ms. Wright agrees that every undergraduate should have the opportunity to learn how to set up and own a business.  Yet there is a fundamental difference between teaching students how to set up a company vs. the sensitivities it takes to run it. 

 

"The key skills of sparking somebody’s imagination of creativity, boldness and the desire to take risks, are instincts."  So it stands to reason that some people are are more suited to be entrepreneurs than others. 

 

In Wright's view, perhaps it is then the question itself that needs to be rephrased.  Instead of asking ‘can entrepreneurship be taught’, we should instead be questioning whether its principles and concepts be applied to the real world. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stand UP! Get Outside; Call Your Mom/Sister/Brother/Dad and...

Stand UP! Get Outside; Call Your Mom/Sister/Brother/Dad and... | Unplug | Scoop.it
Why do these mistakes really prevent happiness and health?
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You can find happiness by getting out there, apparently. And I have to agree. When we avoid connection, sit in the same spot all day, forget to drink in mother nature's wonder cues and ignore our creative bents, we wither. 


You'll find this inspiring reflection on happiness and health especially helpful as it conveys the golden importance of simple things like...


  • contributing or giving back
  • creative writing
  • belonging


And those are just a few of the many powerful facts revealing a roadmap to richer living. Dive in and then recharge...

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Unplug & Plug In to Earth's Healing Frequencies

Unplug & Plug In to Earth's Healing Frequencies | Unplug | Scoop.it
The term grounding means connected to the Earth, and it is one that spans numerous different cultures, traditions, and spiritual practices.
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You can literally pull off your shoes, set those feet firmly on bare earth and plug into the currents that the human body needs. But you have to step away and make full use of your meditative, visualizing and earth-centered self. These recommendations provide a powerhouse of everything from body awareness to nature appreciation

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Release the Shackles of Constant Connectivity to Recapture Your Creative Flow

Release the Shackles of Constant Connectivity to Recapture Your Creative Flow | Unplug | Scoop.it
Digital Detox. Two little words that, when placed side-by-side, sound like something that might happen at a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. Yet, for the past couple of months, I have been experime...
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Does your creativity get zapped by the glowing screen(s)?  Writer Andra Watkins used digital detox as a way to try to recapture her creative flow. Not a divorce from the Internet -- instead a balanced way to decide when she is online. 

 

Here are the new habits she used to release her digital shackles:

 

(1)  Schedule specific time each day to deal with all things Internet

(2) Make a timed checklist of things that must be completed online

(3) During off-line time, turn off the Internet at its souce and set the phone(s) to silent

(4) When working on the computer, use one online tab at a time

(5) Do not bring your phone to the dinner (breakfast, lunch) table

 

Ms. Watkins end results?  A less cluttered mind and more creative connections.

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Teen Brains are Wired to be Inspired

Teen Brains are Wired to be Inspired | Unplug | Scoop.it
The teen brain is at a crossroad; unlock its potential with 6 strategies.
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Our brains are wired to be inspired -- especially during teen years, says Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.  Here are 6 ways to inspire the teen brain:

 

  • Teach your teen to conceive many unique interpretations of various books, movies or works of art
  • Encourage your teen to be a problem finder and solution setter
  • Ask your teenager to share a "message", reflecting from a  book, movie or hurtful experience
  • Have your teen interpret the lyrics of a favorite song from positive and negative perspectives
  • Watch your teen's favorite TV show with him/her and share different take-home messages for the different characters.
  • Consider a multitude of answers to a question vs. seeking the “right” answer. 

 

As Einstein once said, "Imagination encircles the world.”  Fostering creativity and innovation can help to "drive successful futures of our youth for generations to come."

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10 Surprising Techniques to Jump Start Your Creativity

10 Surprising Techniques to Jump Start Your Creativity | Unplug | Scoop.it
Another great read from Birds on the Blog :

Have you experienced writer's block, suffered through a dry spell or had your creativity completely flat line?

No matter what profess[..]
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John Michel's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:29 PM

No matter what profession you’re in or where you are in life, there will be times when your ability to create something new hits the wall. Any and all creative juices that were once flowing dry up and you find yourself struggling to create something… just anything. 

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Brilliant Online Creativity Courses - Some are free! - Rag Baby

Brilliant Online Creativity Courses - Some are free! - Rag Baby | Unplug | Scoop.it
You really have everything to gain if you try one of Jani Francks creativity courses. It doesn't matter if your preferred medium of creativity is biscuit icing or modern dance, taking photos on your phone, crocheting or proper posh oil painting.
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Three Ways to Stimulate and Encourage Creativity

Three Ways to Stimulate and Encourage Creativity | Unplug | Scoop.it
George Washington Carver said, “Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.”  With change all ...


"Whether you are working with employees, children, or your own aspirations and goals, there are similarities in ways to fuel someone’s imagination."

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My favorite path to get the creative juices going is to add some fun to a project.

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