Are you struggling with how to ignite your creativity or find creative inspiration?
A few years ago, I worked with someone who easily balanced both creative hobbies with analytical ones. I struggled with this for a while, but found some great habits to help me succeed at my full time job, while also igniting my creativity for hobbies (and for new projects at work too!)
These tips help you get out of a creative rut and help you think outside the box if you feel stuck.
The book I mentioned, The Creative Habit.
Practice A Skill
The first tip for igniting creativity is to practice a skill until you master it.
The skill you practice will vary depending on what it is you’re trying to be creative with.
In the book, The Creative Habit, it was dancing. For me personally, at one point it was playing guitar. I’ve also practiced this habit with writing, singing, product development and more.
Creative Inspiration: Learn To Improvise
Practice improvisation with the mastered skill. This step is difficult until you’ve mastered the skill – because you can’t think “outside the box” until you know the box.
Cross Train: Learn New Skills
Cross train. Learn NEW skills.
Your brain will draw from new experiences, which helps your expertise differ from someone else’s.
Brainstorm by yourself.
You can do this by writing out your ideas…
Or you can do it more visually by cutting out images that compel you from a magazine.
Brainstorm with other people.
I find brainstorming with other people incredibly inspiring, especially when they feel excited for it. My husband is a creative like me, so when I’m really stuck, sometimes I’ll ask him to bounce around ideas with me.
I’ve also done things like organize focus groups to get opinions and feedback.
Take a Break
Take a break and let your subconscious kick in.
Your subconscious mind is much more powerful than your conscious mind!
For much more details on these tips, watch the video above!