Stuck on solving a problem, looking at a blank page or just simply bored with what everyone else is eating. Need to get your creative juices flowing, but can’t find your mojo?! This article is will provide the secrets for improving creativity.
In our competitive world, we must be looking for the leading edge to innovate at work, come up with ideas to resolve issues anywhere and sometimes just create original flavors to standout.
Some of us, just don’t think we are creative people. This is a common issue, but I’m here to tell you, you are an extremely creative individual. That’s right, You!
When we are a cog in the wheel of a monotonous world, works, eat, sleep it seems hard to venture out on a creative cliff. But these are the tips to exercise your creative muscles. And it might not be what you think.
You got it. Sit on your arse and do absolutely nothing. When I mean nothing, that means no TV, no technology, no phones, no people, no eating, no sleeping and no smoking. Go somewhere that you’ll be undisturbed with no distractions and sit quietly.
Don’t force thoughts and strain yourself to think of some crazy ideas that end up being absurd. Sit quietly, relaxed and think of anything you like. No talking. Just sit for about an hour.
What’s likely going to happen, is that you may be getting bored and frustrated when nothing happens. You think, why am I just wasting time. But if you stick with it, once you hit the hour mark of sitting quietly, something will happen. The mind is not distracted by all the bright shiny lights of the world and brain’s creative parts start to move into gear.
This is my favorite way to find creativity for problem solving. It doesn’t always take an hour, sometimes quicker and sometimes longer. I also use meditation which normally brings in boosts of creativity naturally.
Get away from what you know
We all love consuming content that’s related to our industry or that is in our interests as it brings satisfaction. Try and get out of your comfort zone and read a book you don’r really desire reading or watch a movie that’s not in your favorite genre.
I’m an avid non-fiction reader and I love learning about how to improve my life/health and help others to do so as well. On occasion, I will get out my norm and read a fiction book or joke books. This helps work different areas of the content consuming part of my mind which in effect helps my creativity.
I also like to ingest different podcasts out of my normal genres. There are so many fascinating things to listen to that really opens your eyes to different parts of life and experiences.
Shock your senses
You may shock your senses when changing your content consumption, but if you don’t, you may need to kick your physical senses. How?
- Take a cold shower
- Run into the cold ocean
- Walk bare foot in nature
- Get into a hot tub or sauna
- Get a massage
- Go to a loud concert
- Go see a 3D Movie on the big screen
- Go on a roller coaster
Do something that gives you goose bumps, something that’s scares you or something that will just give your body a jolt.
Getting all these different types of sense reactions will help improve synapses in the body and brain. When exciting these nerves, they will again calm, and what you’ll notice in these times of clam, your creativity will flow.
Get it on the note pad
Times of premium creativity, sometimes don’t come at the most ideal moments. If we have these great ideas and don’t capture them, they will waste away and will be forgotten. This will weaken our creative muscles if we don’t act on creative ideas.
When you get the creative ideas, write it down ASAP. I mean now, that instant, as soon as it’s fresh.
My moments of creative clarity normally come about 4am in bed, in the shower or when I’m meditating. I always have note pad next to my bed or on me always.
Did you know, the ideas are in your head, you just haven’t thought them yet. Make sure you give yourself that confidence boost by acting on creative urges.
Well that’s my advice on improving creativity. Do you have any exercises or techniques you use regularly to improve creativity? Please comment below!