Have More Fun!

Deadlines! Rules on how to do it! Grades! How can you be creative when someone is breathing down your neck? If a learning situation doesn’t stimulate curiosity, awe, wonder, and discovery, learning can become boring and difficult. Unfortunately, in many schools, because of large classroom sizes, lack of funds, and a focus on testing, they…

Outside the Box

Do you look for ingenious ways to solve your problems? Or do you fall in the trap of thinking you always have to do something the same way every time? Trying something new or exploring a different approach are wonderful ways of activating your conscious mind. Why is this important? When you are in your…

Listen

My mother used to say, “You need to learn how to listen!” It took me many years to understand the wisdom behind her words. Simple drawing techniques similar to the ICWIB art activities helped me learn to focus my mind, and still my heart so I could listen and hear the kind and gentle voice…

Shift

It may look like you are merely moving your crayon around the paper aimlessly but doodling can help you shift effortlessly from the reactive (subconscious mind) to the problem-solving mind (where learning takes place). Harvard research has also shown that there can be a significant increase in comprehension and recall when an individual is allowed…

Let Go!

When was the last time you scribbled? I mean really scribbled with abandonment. When was the last time you allowed yourself to cut loose and do something as childish as scribbling? Well, today may be the day you need to cut loose again. Scribbling can serve many purposes. It can be an aerobic activity that…

Creativity

Creativity sparks the mind, nourishes the soul, and can help you weave your whole self back together again. Whenever I feel lost, overwhelmed, disoriented, or confused, I try to do something creative because I know it will bring me back to myself and help me remember what is important faster than anything else. The creative…

How

Whenever I begin a new journey or project I ask myself a series of questions to help me focus my mind and stay on course. Here are some of the questions I ask: What is my ultimate goal? Why is this important? Who will it impact? Where is it needed the most? When does it…

Outside

I like going outside the lines, because for me creativity, innovation, and magic happen outside the lines. On the other hand, some people prefer staying inside the lines because it helps them to calm and center their system. We all have an innate tolerance for chaos (unpredictability) and imposed external order (predictability) though the proportions…

Panic

Procrastination can be a way of mobilizing internal panic, but why would anyone want to mobilize internal panic? Panic dumps adrenalin into the system, which can help focus your mind, and ultimately summon you into action. Think of first responders. Unfortunately, this approach places you in the non-thinking part of the mind, which makes it…