1. says

    Hi Michelle,

    A number of these creativity blocks resonated with me. The biggest one is getting overwhelmed by so much information.

    I confess that I love to learn so much that I spend a disproportionate about of time researching, following links and discovering some of the most amazing and wonderful information. Only problem: hours pass and I end up amassing piles of notes and new ideas but neglecting to spend the time implementing them. Not to mention I get too exhausted to be creative.

    Resolved: make time to play so creativity can bubble up.
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    I was pretty certain that this folklore was incorrect- that there is no correlation between creativity and IQ, when one’s IQ exceeds 120. It may not be symmetrically linked 1 to 1, but it clearly has correlation. This article provides more information about that.

    (I admit that we tend to try to measure creativity and have definitely found that a certain IQ is critical for our efforts [but, then again, most PhD’s exceed that level anyway] and that creativity is increased (perhaps as the square root or cube root of the delta over 120 baseline. Our data is also anecdotal, with only 250 or so points.)
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    Hahaha. A lot sound familiar. I’m a personality type who naturally wants things to make sense. The black and white thing works for me. Chaos is yucky. Editing is awesome. Mistakes generally suck. And I love information and thinking. When I get in a rut, I get away from it all and go walk in nature or go drive somewhere. Then the creativity flows again. I love this infographic!
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    That was a great display of graphics and encouragement. I appreciated the order in which you presented your ideas, definitely effective and “creative.” An important part of honing creativity is to eliminate distractions. By removing distracting we can increase our productivity as well. We certainly don’t need high IQs to be creative people!

  5. says

    Fabulous infographic … It was approximately an hour or so I had this discussion with my #2 son. I’m building an APP for an android phone and I don’t have an android phone. My son and my daughter, Android phone users, check the app for problems. After the third trial run, my son said “mom, why are you doing an Android app when you don’t have an Android phone?” I replied “Zu, (my #1 son’s name) if you wait for perfection most things will not get done.”
    I appreciate every one of these tips for getting out of the creative rut.

    Thanks Copyblogger and Michelle for sharing with us.
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  6. says

    Wonderful post to motivate my moods Michelle :) I especially like the part about not separating work and play. I’m actually like that usually and I always find people giving me advice on quitting that mentality. I do work very lightly (although that doesn’t mean that I don’t take work seriously), and it does work for me :)
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  7. says

    Thinking creatively and logically at the same time. That is where I sink myself every single time! I love this infographic. I’ll be sharing it.

    • says

      It can be tough to separate those out. One of the biggest challenges for me when I started blogging was to just write first, and not edit myself while writing. Still have to remind myself of that sometimes. :)

  8. says

    Fantastic infographic and one that not only looks good but delivers! I think the wealth of information we currently enjoy is brilliant but it’s just so easy to get swamped by it all. The key is to stick with it and certainly not let things like others discouraging you and not believing in yourself become a factor.
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  9. Nellie says

    This is definitely a big help Michelle! These past few days, I have been so lazy and I am even losing the creativity I have before and now I am just happy I have found this..

  10. says

    It’s all been said – I’m swamped and overwhelmed with volumes of information sitting around, but you’ve made it clear repeatedly, ACT – don’t wait for perfection – thanks! And this is such a creative way to talk about creativity – will share it too.

  11. says

    Thank you so much for this post! I mean seriously! I’ve been having trouble being creative for a long time now. Could you imagine an artist that’s not creative?? I don’t know about the others but this post carries a very powerful message for me. :) Thanks a bunch! :)

  12. says

    Very good and detailed infograph. I agree that creativity does not have to be related to intelligence (I think only sense of humor does). Creativity is a special state of mind achieved by those who can separate their work and play (as you, anyway, had already showed it on the graph).Loved it. Thank you, Michelle.

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