Wednesday, August 4

How to boost your creativity with technology


WITH the school holidays underway, many of you are likely to do things that give you a rest from thinking as much as you did during the school term.

But if afterwards you find yourselves bored and restless, why not try something imaginative or stimulating? Better yet, you can do it without being separated from your tech devices.

Aside from getting yourself accustomed to the use of technology, engaging in activities that enable you to become creative with technology can help prepare you for the future workplace, as creativity is deemed one of the most valuable employability skills in the digital economy.

As long as you use them in moderation, your tech devices can be your means of discovering new perspectives and generating new ideas. Here are a few ways to enhance your creativity with technology.


Express and interact

By using the necessary software, you can express your ideas and opinions in various forms, such as text, sounds, illustrations, photographs, videos, and many more.

And thanks to the Internet, you can now share what you have with the world through social networking sites, media-sharing platforms, and other online channels.

Sharing your content online also gives you the opportunity to meet people from other parts of the world, whether they are giving feedback on how to improve your content or discussing interests that you have in common with them.

Your interaction with them can then help broaden your views and boost your confidence as you continue to express your thoughts online and offline.


Be open and explore

People who are highly creative are usually open to new experiences and are willing to explore and experiment with fresh ideas.

This can be helpful when you join the workforce in the future, because you won’t find it difficult to learn and adopt new technologies required for your job.

So should there be newly-installed apps or rather drastic software updates on your tech devices, take your time to familiarise yourself with the new layout and functions.

If you’re interested in specific tech-related fields, take the initiative to discover the resources, tools, and apps you need to get started, and where possible, try them out if they happen to have free trials.


Have fun and play

Most importantly, have fun with them. When you enjoy using your tech devices and you treat them as support tools rather than mere distractions, you may find it easier to create content and solve problems.

Wherever you truly want to let go and still be creative, pick up a console or mobile game. Many studies have shown that playing video games is greatly beneficial, improving coordination, concentration and, of course, creativity.

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