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Feeling unproductive? Maybe you should stop overthinking.

Updated: Aug 30, 2021

Maybe we need to think less in order to get things done. It looks counter-intuitive, but I think that our thinking can sometimes hamper the process of creation. When we tune out the outside world and focus on what's in front of us, we can be more productive.


It has been on my mind recently, so I decided to write an article on it.


So, what does this actually mean? Let's start with a few definitions.


It is the act of using one's thoughts to come up with concepts that have never been thought of before. As a mental activity, it requires the use of logic and reason to be effective.


This term refers to the act of trying to come up with new ideas after someone else has already thought them through. Ideas that come from OT tend to be unrealistic or even ridiculous.


What is the relationship between these two concepts? Well, if you're anything like me, you've probably done both at some point in your life. Working all day on a project makes you feel like you're going through the motions. The reason for this is that you're overthinking it!


On-the-job training (OT) comes into play in this situation. Your brain shuts off specific aspects of consciousness when you ponder too much, which makes you passive and unproductive.


As a result of being continually assaulted with information, your attention span drops as well.


We need to find a way to combat this.


I have one word for you: "Creative Thinking."


When you think creatively, you are doing the exact opposite of overthinking. Instead of analyzing everything with your head, you utilize it to create. A tale can be written, or a picture can be drawn, or a model can be built as part of this.


Brain activity increases when you think creatively. He or she becomes more engaged and receptive to new ideas as a result. As well, it encourages you to think outside of the box and see things from a fresh angle.


The question is, how does all of this relate to productivity.


Those that create should engage in creative thinking regularly. The more you do it, the more creative your brain becomes. Due to fewer roadblocks, your projects will be easier to complete.


In addition, your brain will be more attentive and aware of its surroundings as a result of this treatment. Due to less fatigue and distraction, you'll be more productive overall.


As a result, how does one cultivate the habit of generating new ideas?


If you want it done right, do it!


To improve, you'll need to practice a lot. Really, it's as simple as that.


To cultivate a habit of creative thinking, I've discovered that it's better to engage in it every day. Create time for yourself each day (or each week, if you have more time) to accomplish something creative. By committing to one action per day, you can get a good start. Spend 15 minutes a day sketching or writing, for example. To boost the amount of time you spend, get into the habit of doing one creative activity per day.


It is recommended that you do not exceed two hours per day. Then you're probably just wasting your time and not doing anything creative.


To generate more ideas, you'll need to cross-pollinate your thinking. This is due to the fact that your brain creates connections between different kinds of creative thinking.


So if you're trying to come up with ideas for your narrative about a character who lives in the desert and you draw a picture of that figure, your brain will make a connection and give you ideas for what that character should do next. It's the same when you're sketching a character and you write about their thoughts in a poem. Your brain will make the link and come up with suggestions for how to draw the character better.


You can also break through creative blockages by engaging in a variety of different sorts of creative thinking. A sketch or a poem can help you get beyond a writing block.


However, artists aren't the only ones who benefit from creative thinking.


The habit of thinking creatively can be acquired by anyone. In the case of math, consider composing a poem or drawing an image of an equation to demonstrate your mathematical skills. Why not try painting a picture to go along with your poetry, if you're skilled at writing them? Write a narrative if you're good at drawing graphics.


Combining multiple forms of creative thinking can take this to the next level.


As an example, if you're writing a story about a character who lives in a desert and you draw a picture of that character, you could write a poem about how that character feels in the desert.


Draw an image to accompany a poem about a character you're drawing.


The alternatives are virtually limitless in this case.


In order to succeed, one must retain an open mind and experiment with new ideas.


Avoid limiting your creative thinking to a single type of creative thought.


The possibilities are endless when you open your mind to them.

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