This isn’t to say you aren’t creative, but rather that your creativity is like an athlete that requires training and practice to stay at peak performance.
Creativity isn’t just a fun party trick or hobby – it’s a skill set that has the potential to positively impact all aspects of your life.
It helps you solve problems, think creatively and find innovative solutions to issues.
Creativity is also one of the most challenging things to ‘practice’; it either comes naturally or it doesn’t.
Luckily, there are several ways you can give your creativity a boost so you can find inspiration and ideas when you need them most.
10 Ways to Kick Your Creativity Into Overdrive
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Creativity is a fickle beast. The way you feel in the morning, what you eat, and even the time of day can affect your creative juices. In addition to those natural ebbs and flows, being busy, stressed, or distracted can all make it harder to be creative. And coming up with new ideas for projects, campaigns, products – anything – can feel like an uphill battle at times. But that’s why we need to help our creativity along! Creativity is the engine that drives so many aspects of our lives. New ideas can solve problems we didn’t even know we had, expand our horizons and grow our businesses. Not only that but creative thinking also comes in handy in everyday life; whether it’s coming up with solutions to tricky problems or making everyday tasks more fun.
Diversify Your Thinking
There are many different types of creative thinking, and you may find one tends to come naturally to you. You might specialize in idea generation, or visual thinking, or something else. That’s great, but you can also diversify your thinking by exploring different types of creativity. Understanding what other forms of creativity are out there can help you break out of any mental ruts you might be stuck in. For example, try generating lots of original ideas and then picking out the ones that could apply to your project or project you’re working on. Or, alternatively, try generating lots of ideas that could apply to your project or project you’re working on. This could help you come up with lots of new ideas that could then be applied to your project.
Take Smart Breaks
We’ve all experienced that feeling of being totally “in the zone” with a project, only to lose our flow and focus when we come up for air. Taking frequent breaks from creative work can help prevent this from happening. And taking those breaks in smart ways can actually help you to come back to your project with a new perspective, which can help you to come up with better ideas. There are lots of different ways to take smart breaks, depending on the kind of work you’re doing and the kind of person you are. For example, if you’re working on a specific project, you might want to try taking a break from that project to work on something completely different, or taking a walk to get some fresh air.
Go to Bed Early
Sleep is a crucial part of a healthy life, and it turns out it’s also a fantastic way to boost your creativity. When you go to bed early, your mind and body are given the chance to wind down properly. This helps to clear your mind, letting your subconscious mind do its thing. And because your subconscious mind is less active during the day, this can be a great way to provoke creative insights in the evening. This means you’re setting yourself up for an excellent creative session when you go to bed early in the evening. Try to get to bed by 10pm if possible, or even earlier if you can, to give yourself the best chance of having a breakthrough during those dreamy hours.
Make Your Environment Work For You
The environment you work in can have a big impact on your creativity. Try to make your creative space as conducive to creativity as possible. This can mean a lot of different things depending on the kind of work you do. Experiment with different ways of making your environment more conducive to creativity and see what works best for you. If you can make some small changes that make your creative process easier, they could make all the difference. For example, you could find a quiet corner somewhere, or rearrange your desk so that you have all the materials you need to hand. You could also try experimenting with some environmental changes. For example, you could try turning off the lights, or lighting some candles. You could also try changing your desk or computer background to something that inspires you.
Ask Yourself the Right Questions
Sometimes you won’t even know what questions to ask yourself, let alone where to start. In these cases, it can be helpful to try a creative question technique. Creative question techniques are designed to help you “kick-start” your creative thought process; by asking yourself questions you could come up with new ideas and find solutions to problems you didn’t know you had. For example, you could ask yourself how something could be different from how it is now. There are lots of different creative question techniques you could try out. You might have heard of brainstorming or mind mapping; these are two of the most common creative question techniques. If you find yourself getting stuck while you’re brainstorming, one way you can get unstuck is by using “bad ideas” as a springboard for new and better ideas. Bad ideas are just ideas that are very off the mark, but they can be a good starting point for new ideas. For example, if you’re trying to come up with a new name for your company, but the ideas you have so far are pretty bad, you can use them as a springboard to come up with better ideas.
Give Yourself a Pep Talk
We all know the best way to get out of a rut is to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps. But when you’re feeling creatively blocked, it can be hard to find the motivation to get yourself unblocked. A pep talk could be just the motivation you need to get your creative juices flowing. There are lots of different ways you could go about giving yourself a pep talk. The important thing is that it’s tailored to your needs and what you need to hear to get yourself unblocked. You could make a list of reasons why you need to get creative, or a list of ways you can make your creative process easier. You could also try writing out your thoughts; this can be a great way to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper.
Don’t Be Afraid to Fail
This may sound like a strange suggestion, but embracing the idea of failure can actually be a fantastic way to help you to come up with new ideas. We’re not advocating that you go out of your way to make mistakes, or purposely do badly at something. Instead, try to approach your creative work with the mindset that you’re going to fail. When you approach your work with the idea that you’re going to fail, you’re less likely to be attached to the outcome. This means you’re more likely to come up with new ideas, and to approach problems in a different way, without being bogged down by expectation.
Creativity is an essential part of being human. It allows us to explore new ideas, to develop new things, and to solve problems that we may not have been able to solve before. The most important thing is to feed your creativity, and there are plenty of ways you can do this. From making sure you don’t get too stressed to getting a good night’s sleep, and taking regular breaks from work, there are lots of ways you can keep your creative juices flowing.