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Creativity can seem complicated, paradoxical and unknowable. Neuroscience has broken down the right/left brain dichotomy where the right brain is responsible for creativity and the left side for rational thought. No, the other left! But creativity is a fusion of cognitive processes, personality traits, habits and societal influences. So while there is no one creative type, there are a constellation of behaviors that can help you build creativity as a skill.

In this latest 18|8 blog, let’s have a look at making creativity a habit:

1. Rise and Shine

Not everyone is a morning person and not every creative person is a morning person. However, in researching “¬Daily Rituals: How Artists Work”, editor Mason Currey found that full one third of the 161 people featured in the book woke at 7 a.m. or even earlier. Working early in the morning is a respected method to fit creativity into a busy life and ensure you are making your creative work a priority. To build the habit of early to bed and early to rise, simply stick with it. Resist the siren call of the afternoon nap in favor of going to bed at a set (early!) time every day and rolling out of bed to the alarm before you’ve had time to argue yourself out of it. Hey, if Hemingway could rise at 5 a.m. to write after a night’s hard drinking, you can get up even after watching the Late Show.

2. Get Your Sweat On

Science has repeatedly proven the myriad benefits of exercise, and creativity is no exception. A study from Stanford showed that 90% of people become more creative following exercise. The journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience took this even further, finding that regular exercise helped both divergent and convergent thinking, meaning the ability to think of multiple solutions for a problem and also thinking of just one solution to a problem, respectively. Make sure to include exercise as a part of your regular routine to stimulate creativity.

3. Limit Yourself

And on that note, make sure you have a regular