Enhancing your creativity is a lifelong journey, but how can you do give it a boost? Here’s a few suggestions
1. Find a Creative Outlet
Drawing, writing, flower-arranging, photography. It doesn’t matter what it is. We all need a focal point for us to channel and express our creative energy. So, take up your favourite hobby, learn more about it and get going!
2. Increase Your Output
Creative people are doers as well as thinkers. The only way to develop your creativity is to increase your output. To come up 1 brilliant idea you need a lot of ideas in the first place. To invent 1 new product you need many prototypes.
3. Carry An Ideas Book
Ideas come to you in odd places at unusual times. In the shower, sitting on the bus. Make sure you capture the eureka moment as soon as it occurs, otherwise you may lose it altogether. Be it your favourite notebook or your favourite app, make sure it’s your constant companion.
When you relax, your subconscious mind gets to work and ideas pop into your head. It’s impossible to be stressed and creative at the same time. Listen to music on headphones, lie in the sunshine, go for a swim, ride your bike.
5. Get Fit
Exercise can contribute to creative output as it increases oxygen in the blood which is delivered to the brain. Also, certain types of exercise such as running, walking or swimming can create meditative rhythms and help you relax. (see point 4)
6. Get Regular Fresh Input
Routine is the enemy of creativity. Your mind needs fresh stimulation to get new ideas and new perspectives. Aim to do something different every day and seek out new experiences. Listen to a different radio station, visit new places, order something that you’ve never tried before
7. Use Creative Tools and Techniques
This is just a snapshot of some of the things you can do to help nurture your creativity. If you’ve got any more suggestions, I’d love to hear from you.