My Creativity-Enabling Toolbox

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If you are a regular reader of the seempli blog, you already know that many of my posts are about how each and every one of us can develop and ignite their creativity. seempli — the creativity platform — is designed to help you master and apply your creativity on a daily basis. But today I would like to highlight other tools I am personally using. They might not be the first tools that you think of when considering creativity tools. But for me, they are real creativity-enablers. Whether you will use these tools or similar ones, there’s an essential takeoff from this list: creativity starts in your head, but there are tools that can help you clear the way to an even higher level of creative results.

seempli v2.5: Your Creativity Toolbox

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It’s springtime here in Israel, and this makes a perfect time to launch the latest updated of seempli. We took this opportunity to redesign the navigation in our platform around what you are aiming to achieve when you work with seempli. So, without further ado, this is seempli v2.5:

Open Space

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Are you working in an open space? No, I don’t mean the physical cubicles. Are you working in an open environment? Do you have the space to be creative, to take risks, and to fail?

ReMix and Get in Gear!

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The February 2018 release of the seempli Creativity Platform is live with two exciting features that will help you take your creative skills even further!

The Creative Butterfly Effect

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One of the coolest things about the creative “process” is its randomness. Regardless of the many attempts to capture creativity as a process, I find it more effective to think of it as quite a random mess.

On Building Skills and Quick Wins

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How much are you willing to invest in your creativity? Not in terms of money. Let’s talk about time: are you willing to spend 10-20 minutes a day for an entire year? Or will you prefer a one-day workshop to boost your creativity? And how about other skills? Can you really become a better manager or run a more effective life by attending a workshop? Will you wake up the next day with better skills and new capabilities? Many (maybe even most) organizations tend to search for quick wins. But when it comes to building skills quick wins are often a facade. There might be wins along the way, but if you stop with the “quick” ones, the effect will not last. Let’s understand why so many organizations look for quick wins and what is the inherent problem with that approach.

What Makes Good Raw Material

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Many people try to describe creativity as a process. I don’t think we can (or need) to formalize it using a process language. There isn’t any predefined list of steps we can follow that will guarantee creative results. But creativity does share one important attribute with processes: without input, there won’t be any output.

Get in Rhythm

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Back in 2012, I launched a website designed to publish a single photo each day – a photograph taken somewhere in Tel-Aviv. I planned it as a year-long project, but eventually, it ran for four years. Some photos were great, some were just plain. But what was essential for me to was to create something every day. Creativity benefits from rhythm. It is not the rhythm of the results that counts, but rather the rhythm of getting creative work done. Whether it is a photography project, writing a 50 words story, or working on with seempli, getting in rhythm sets your mind in anticipation mode and builds a habit. Rhythm creates flow. Just like working out at fixed intervals prepares your body for the next workout. How do you get into a creative rhythm? All you have to do is work on some creative challenge on a regular basis. Pick a challenge you can work on daily, and set a recurring task. Make sure not to skip a day. Remember that the work is more important than the result. Don’t wait for the muse to come. Just do it! As long as you get in the rhythm, you are on … Read More

The Ultimate Writing Prompt

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Reality is the ultimate writing prompt. When you look around you mindfully, anything can be an inspiration for writing. Stories are hidden everywhere. You just need to discover them. Scratch that. Stories are mostly in your head – in your imagination, but sometimes they need an external trigger to surface. And such triggers are literally everywhere.

Get Lost

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When was the last time you got lost? It’s 5:30 AM. I am walking in an empty street in Tel-Aviv with a camera, as I have been doing at least once a week in the past ten years. Tel-Aviv is the second largest city in Israel, but on a global scale, it’s tiny. Its area is less than 7% of the area of New York City, and less than 4% of the area of London. And as I tend to do my photo-walks always around a few neighborhoods in the southern part of Tel-Aviv, you would think that by now I know every building, every wall, every ally, and of course, every single street.