10 Tips on How to Become More Creative
What does creativity mean to you? Take some time to think about what energizes you. Do you want to bring new worlds into existence through words or images? Do you want to create art that expresses your feelings and life experience? Do you want to tell stories that will inspire others to pursue their dreams?
Creativity is crucial for the betterment of our world and how we come together as a community. Creativity takes courage and it is something many of us often feel we lack. Here are 10 simple tips to spark your creativity:
- Daydream. In my house I have a thinking chair. This might sound strange, but I always try to find time to sit in that chair and think. Not browse my phone, not watch television while I think. I simply allow myself to daydream and imagine a better world.
- Carry around a notebook. Stephen King and Walt Disney were the masters of the notebook. When King would have a nightmare he would take notes in his notebook to incorporate the ideas in his next novel, the same with Disney excepect instead of nightmares it was his vision for a better tomorrow. Jot down your ideas, no matter how simple.
- Listen more intently. You will be more creative the more you listen to people. Not only will you tap into their minds and ideas, but you will hear about the problems they see in the world. Now that you know the problem, what is the solution?
- Declutter your space. Creative people are not cluttered people. A simple tip is to clear your work space and clear your mind and begin the creative process with a literal clean slate.
- Read more fiction. Dive into the mind of another creative individual by reading about fantastic worlds and daring adventures. This might create a creative spark in you for your own project.
- Be curious about everything. You never know when random, seemingly unrelated ideas will come together to form a new idea. The more you question, the more problems you will discover that need a solution. Never be afraid to ask, "why?"
- Reconnect with your inner child. Buy crayons and a coloring books, play jacks, draw with chalk on the sidewalk, build a fortress, go to the playground and climb on the swings. Children develop some of the most innovative and imaginative ideas because they are unafraid to fail and they are having fun!
- Combine ideas. Combining ideas is a unique way to develop new ideas. Look for relationships in desperate things; look afresh at what you normally take for granted. Wheels + Gym shoes = Roller-skates or TV + Music = MTV. Think new by thinking combined.
- Challenge your assumptions. A fat, round watermelon takes up a lot of room. Instead of just assuming that watermelons had to be round, Japanese farmers began inserting melons in square glass cases while they were still growing on the vine. Solution? Square watermelons that easily fit in a refrigerator.
- Simply begin. Creativity is there all the time; sometimes you need to begin before you have all the answers. Courage and creativity go hand-in-hand. Be inspired. Be the change.
Here is a continued list of other ways to spark your creativity. What works for you?
- Create the dumbest idea you can.
- Ask a child.
- Open the dictionary and find a new word. Use it in a sentence.
- What else is like the problem? What other ideas does it suggest?
- What or who can you copy?
- What is your most bizarre idea?
- List all the things that bug you.
- Take a different route to work.
- Make up and sing a song about the problem while taking a shower.
- Listen to a different radio station each day.
- Ask the most creative person you know.
- Ask the least creative person you know.
- Make up new words that describe the problem. E.g., “Warm hugs” to describe a motivation problem and “Painted rain” to describe changing customer perceptions.
- Wear purple underwear for inspiration.
- What if you were the richest person on earth? How will the money help you solve the problem
- If you could have three wishes to help you solve the problem, what would they be?
- How would the problem be solved 100 years from now.
- Think about it before you go to sleep.
- Talk to a stranger.
- Mind map your problem.
- Imagine you are the opposite sex. Now how do you perceive the problem?
- Force yourself to smile all day.