“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” – Dee Hock
“How to unlock creativity: slow down, study another field, get into nature, get out of office, music (lots), sketch, cardio before/after, nibble on small ideas, throw stuff away, atomize the work, look for orthogonal inspiration, breathe, learn about circadian rhythm, paint.” ~Brian Norgard
We are all born with creativity but as we grow to adulthood many push that to the back of our mind, thinking creativity won’t help them become successful citizens. But using your creative abilities is a way to be more fulfilled and successful in your life and career.
As children we often played make-believe or played games that we made up the rules for. We dreamed up characters and talked to our stuffed animals like they were alive. But as adults we obsess over what others will think of us and our ideas. This can kill our creativity, causing us to keep it hidden.
You can learn how to tap into your creativity in many ways. It can be brought up to the surface when you need it and should be used often. It doesn’t have to be creating art or building something, although that is certainly a part of being creative.
Here are 13 strategies to try to tap into your creativity.
- Walk aimlessly. Leave your phone at home and just walk. Pay attention to where you are and where you’re going. Otherwise just walk. If you get lost, ask someone for directions. This leaves you open to the unknown and builds a connection being okay with uncertainty.
- Create a list of 10 bad ideas. You must be willing to fail or look bad to tap into your creativity. Stretch your creative thinking skills by coming up with 10 original ideas.
- Create a unique solution to a problem you’re having. Make a list of problems you’re having in one column. Then make a list of creative ways you could attack each one. Think outside the normal solutions.
- Dance by yourself alone in the dark. Let your mind relax and enjoy the feeling of movement. Your body and mind are connected. Dancing lets your body have a creative outlet. Doing so in the dark allows you to dance freely without having to see how you look doing so. This lets you be more open and release creative blocks.
- Take a break. When you are in the middle of your problem, you often don’t see but one solution. Changing what you’re doing helps your brain break free of the pattern. Take a few minutes to take a short nap or go for a short walk. The moment right before or right after a nap are especially fertile in bringing in creativity. Walking as well frees up your brain to allow creativity to flow.
- Go to a different location when you’re in a mental rut. Go to a place that makes you happy, such as a nature preserve. Go somewhere where you can relax and just lose yourself without thought.
- Connect with your inner child. What did you like to do for fun? Did you jump rope or ride bikes? See animals in the clouds or build rocket ships to the moon? Hold space for your inner child to run wild by swinging on a swing set, playing checkers or lying in the grass looking at the clouds.
- Coloring isn’t just for kids. It’s a great way to boost your creativity while relaxing you. Grab an adult coloring book and some colored pencils. Find a quiet place and let your creativity flow. The act of coloring is calming and meditative and gets your mind moving in an imaginative way.
- Meditate and do yoga. Tap into your creative energy that is naturally flowing through you by practicing yoga and meditating. Yoga opens up your chakras and gets the life-force energy flowing as it strengthens your body. Meditation, even for just 10 minutes, calms your “monkey brain” that gets in the way of the creative muse within you.
- Try a new skill. Your creativity is sparked when you learn a new skill. You have to be open to learning and trying, which is a part of being creative. Sign up to learn how to paint or take up voice lessons. Try a weekend of snowboarding or spend some time learning how to fly-fish. You’ll enjoy yourself learning a new skill as you expand your creative.
- Try Feng Shui to allow creativity to flow. Feng Shui is about creating balanced areas of your home or office. For example, place whimsical and playful items in certain areas to overcome creative blocks.
- Take a different route to work. This shakes up your routine, activating different parts of your brain. A different route gives you a different perspective and you start to see things differently.
- Read different types of books that you normally wouldn’t read and varying them. Read a self-help book followed by a political memoir, for example. This opens up your mind and inspiration.
Changing how you do things or by spending time alone is a surefire way to tap into your creativity. Whether you try one of these strategies or others that help to boost your creativity, you are sure to find the ones that work best for you.
All the best,
The writing prompts gals