Every creative person has one of “those days” where they don’t feel creative, their ideas seem stale, and they are boring themselves for no reason. Sitting on a cozy couch an to travel the world of dreams is not a deed of creativeness. However, exploring will play the chords of in-depth knowledge and learning which will turn the pages of thinking. The next time you need a boost to your creativity, try one (or all) of these tips.
1. Get Out And Observe:
Leave the house, office or studio, get away from your cubicle, desk or computer, get out of town and maybe even the country. It doesn’t matter so much what you do or where you go, just the change of scenery helps get you out of your head. With a fresh perspective or new point of view comes fresh ideas. Looking at new things can help you see old things in a new way, and bring that same thinking back to your creative work.
Try to make a habit of “getting out” at least once a day… walk around a new neighborhood, take a different route home, shop in a store you’ve never visited, take your laptop to a new coffee shop, or check out a different department in your office building.
2. Connect with Creative Minds Globally:
Exciting and creative people gravitate towards other inspiring and fascinating people. Talking (and listening) to someone else is an excellent way to see a problem differently, re-think your ideas or find a new solution. And you just don’t need to talk to them ABOUT your project or creative roadblock. Talk to them about their work, interests, the last book they read or movie they saw, music… really anything. Connecting with creatives are a great way to unlock your creativity.
Go to a presentation or lecture by a designer or writer you admire, or one you’ve never heard of. If the speaker is outside of your particular area of focus, even better. Some of the freshest ideas are inspired by things that are entirely unrelated to the problem at hand. Challenge yourself to connect with a different creative person at least once a week, either in-person or long-distance. Seek out lectures and presentations on innovative topics, even (or especially) areas of focus outside of your own.
3. Learn Something New:
Constantly learning keeps you fresh and inspires new creative thinking. Take a class, read a book, research a topic online, watch a webinar or online video, or listen to a podcast. There are so many ways to access information; the problem may be narrowing down the choices! Learning something within your field is a great way to freshen your thinking, open your perspective and advance your career. Build your skillset, experiment with new technology, research the history of your craft, or study the masters of your industry.
Learning something outside of your area is a great way to get the creativity flowing as well. For a writer, doing visual art can get them out of their head and open up to new ideas. For a visual artist or someone who works slowly with technology, try some reading or writing for a new perspective. Challenge yourself to learn something new every day, and purposefully take advantage of classes and other formal learning opportunities as often as you can.
4. Establish Credibility To Unlock Your Creativity:
If you do not already know the participants in your workshop, then get some biographical material to participants before the session begins. Include anything that will help people understand that you have the experience and expertise to be a valuable resource.
If this is not possible, introduce yourself early in the session and describe your qualifications. You must reassure participants that you didn’t walk off the street with a magic marker in your hand. Doubt kills creativity. Do everything possible to remove uncertainty from the room.
5. Establish Ground Rules:
If you want to break new ground in a creative thinking session, you will need to establish clear ground rules first. Participants need to know what game they are playing – which behaviors are acceptable and which are not. You are, in effect, establishing an ideal “culture of innovation” in the room – the kind of mood that will be conducive to the appearance of new ideas. Rather than telling people what these ground rules should be, your task is to facilitate the process by which participants identify the ground rules they want to live by.
These ground rules help create the safety required for the “shy” right brain to make its appearance. They also secure everyone’s permission for you to play your facilitator role – an assumed ground rule that will need to be articulated – especially since there are likely to be some participants who do not like giving up control to someone who they’ve never met before or someone they have some reservations about.
6. Break The Ice:
Most people who end up in your creative workshop will probably not be in a creative mindset when they enter the room. On the contrary, they are likely to be hurried, multi-tasking, overloaded with information, overwhelmed with tasks and feeling underappreciated. One way or another they are likely to be dwelling in the logical, linear, left side of their brain. What they need is some transition – a bridge from the world of “human doings” to the world of “human beings.” A well-facilitated icebreaker is the best way to do this.
7. Look Up and Move Ahead:
Exemplary ideas are not learned in any classroom; neither is the creativity. You need to look for things in practical life, take them as motivational instances, and run with the flow of thinking. The thoughtfulness is not bound to any sphere, so just observe things as inspiration to and let breeze you mind with unique experiences.
8. Keep Questioning, To Think Broadly:
Your curiosity behind the doors of imagination will build questions and queries. And if there is query then apparently there is an answer too. Questions always stimulate mind at work, and when brain works more, it generates deep thinking ability. If you want to explore your knowledge questions will create a creative relationship with things, to make them understand fully.
Plan, process, and actions will drive your thoughts to go with something rational something different.
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