7 habits of highly creative people

Are you a creative type? Usually you can identify one when you meet them, but sometimes it’s difficult to know exactly what it is that they do differently from everyone else. Here are some traits and habits of highly creative types – see how many apply to you.


Daydreaming kind of seems like it may just be a waste of time, but it’s a casual activity that can pay dividends over time. It can cause you to make connections and get inspired in ways that you might not otherwise if you were deliberately thinking about a topic. In fact, neuroscientists have found that daydreaming involves the same neural processes connected with creativity and imagination.

They spend time alone.

Doing things like daydreaming require being alone, and to get in touch with your inner creativity you’ll need to be comfortable spending time alone. A lot of artists are portrayed as being loners, and that may be in part because creativity requires some alone time. For a lot of people, solitude is the catalyst for producing their best work.

They try to find new experiences.

Creative people thrive on the exposure to new ideas and sensations that comes with new experiences. New experiences offer excellent fodder for further creativity, and willingness new experience new things is a great predictor of creativity.

They are resilient.

See, creativity often involves many failed attempt before finding someone new and wonderful. So creative people are very resilient in the face of failure. Those who aren’t eventually start to stray away from creative efforts, so being resilient is necessary for sustained creative success.

They observe.

Creative types are usually curious about other people and their lives because they realize that other people can be a great source of ideas and inspirations. So creative people usually like people-watching, an activity that can boost creativity while also being highly amusing.

They lose track of time.

When a creative person is “in the zone,” they often lose track of time. That ability to get some deeply immersed in the act of creativity that a person loses track of time is the hallmark of a true creative.

They read.

Reading immerses the mind in a completely different world, and creative types tend to enjoy that release, as well as the connection to another’s creativity. Reading is also an excellent source of fodder for daydreaming.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.