I’m always trying to be creative, but sometimes it just won’t work. It’s like having a writers block, you just can’t. But how do you snap out of this creativity block? I found these 10 great tips and tricks.
Read them after the jump!
#1. Don’t go shopping!
Hey, isn’t it my job to convince you to go to the store and buy all the latest products? Well, I guess it would be OK if you were to buy all the Cosmo Cricket stuff, but other than that, try improvising. Improvisation will force you out of your box. You will HAVE to try and solve the problem with something you didn’t think of first and that could just turn out to be a brilliant new idea!
#2. Clean your desk.
Ahhh, I know we all hate to hear that right! But a messy area will make you feel overwhelmed and that feeling is NOT going to get your creative juices flowing! I am the queen of messy desks, but since we put our house for sale, I have had no choice but to keep it clean. Here’s what I’ve discovered, for my 10 minutes of clean-up time each day (yes that is really all it takes), I have been 100 times more productive! It is well worth the investment.
#3. Take a walk.
It doesn’t have to be a walk necessarily, I get great results with showers too. It’s funny though, on almost every walk I come home with at least two new ideas. There’s something about the repetition of movement, the sound of my steps and being outside that let’s my mind wander to little creative places.
#4. Expand on what works.
When you get a good idea, try to extend it out to as many new ideas and uses as possible. Turn your spark into a flame and your flame into a fire.
#5. Bounce ideas off friends.
Sometimes you just have to get out of your own personal bubble. Go out, meet your friends and share ideas and thoughts! Who knows what you might come home with!
Sometimes we get so caught up in what something has been, that we neglect to see what it could be. Is it a book or a purse? Is it a sewing pattern or artsy tissue paper? As you walk through stores constantly ask yourself, what else could this be?
#7. Take a Break
If you find yourself in a creative rut on a project, take a break. Walk away. Give yourself a time-out. It’s amazing how after coming back from a break you can have a completely new perspective.
#8. On your break, drink a coffee
Studies show that after only 20 minutes of drinking a cup of coffee, people’s brains are more alert and creative making better and faster connections. If you don’t like coffee, tea will do the trick as well.
#9. Keep a notebook nearby
I especially find a notebook on my bedside table to be handy. I often get good ideas right when I’m waking or falling into sleep. I jot these down and then look at them when I’m fully awake. About 50% of them make sense and about 50% of those are actually good.
#10. Live your Life
You can’t have new ideas without new inspiration and I don’t mean Pinterest. Get out there, enjoy a picnic, play a game with your kids, go see a movie. Creativity is actually just coming up with new and useful connections, but you need things to connect and that comes from living!
Tips came originally from Cosmocricket but I adjusted a few things.