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Bulletproof Ways to Boost Creativity

Guest Post: Diana Smith

There is a creative side to all of us. Some express it constantly through their work, hobbies and everyday life, while others express it in subtler ways, like making an amazing cake once a year for their birthday. No matter which category you fall under, we can all afford to be a little bit more creative. Here are some bulletproof ways to help you boost your creativity, overcome writer’s block or start that next project you’ve been putting off:

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Write everything down

Creative ideas come to us in the most unexpected moments, and making a mental note of that idea is not the best way to go. During a busy day, you are going to have so many different things to think about, that the idea you had will simply disappear. So, make sure you always have a notebook or device in which you can write the idea down on you. You can even make audio notes about it so that you can get into details without spending a lot of time typing it. Some people who don’t like carrying a lot of things with them even resort to having a non-toxic pen on them and writing things down on their arm. Find a system that works best for you and go back to that list of ideas whenever your well of creativity dries up.

Observe through a different medium

If we spend a lot of time working on one project, like writing a book, we will find ourselves confined to that medium. Instead, try to explore your story, idea or project as if it were something completely different. If the book you are writing was a movie, what would happen? If the dress you’re sewing was a cake, what would be your main concerns be? If managing your team were a videogame, what would be the core features? This way of thinking will allow you to get out of the box and find new solutions to problems you might be facing.

Collaborate

We can’t do everything alone. Sure, sometimes it’s nice to be able to say that you did it all by yourself, but if you really care about the project you are working on, you will not have a second thought about bringing on someone who will make the final product better. Whether it means asking for advice, seeking guidance or simply having someone to brainstorm with you, you will be able to find a better solution working together. Bounce your ideas off of each other and think of something wildly creative that will benefit the project.

Be in the right mood

Your work will always reflect your current mood, no matter how much you try to hide it. That’s why, if you are agitated, you won’t be able to create a delicate piece of work. So, do whatever you need to put yourself in the right state of mind. Get a pair of comfortable in ear headphones to isolate you from your surroundings and play music that will put you in the right mood. If needed, scroll through some Pinterest boards, read a book or watch a film that corresponds with that mood and that will allow you to create something that truly works together with the project.

In the end, it’s important to understand that everyone has times when their creativity is not on the level where it usually is, and that it is completely okay to have those periods. Take a break and devote yourself to another task for a while to let your imagination refresh. You never know where you will find the inspiration that will ignite that spark in your mind and you will be back to creating in no time!

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12 Comments

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    Doreen
    November 6, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Great tips! Love it! I always thought I wasn’t very creative until someone said to me, ‘But Doreen, you are creative, you style your own hair and knit beautiful scarves, that’s creativity.

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    Chandra
    November 6, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Thank you so much! I truly feel like I’m not very creative. I feel like I have to see someone else’s idea before I can even think of my own. I feel like I’m always stealing someone else’s idea in a way. I use OneNote to keep all my thoughts together. I love it!

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    The Brash Brunette
    November 7, 2017 at 1:19 am

    Yes – writing everything down is KEY. That’s the only way I can function. Love these tips!

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    Victoria
    November 7, 2017 at 2:36 am

    I always always try to write everything down but sometimes I don’t get the chance. I have to work on that!

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    Rosa Fors
    November 7, 2017 at 4:20 am

    I’m new to blogging, I’ve always been creative so this is a new avenue for me. I’m learning most of these tips now but writing them down seems like the best idea for me! Thank you.

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    tachira wiltshire
    November 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    I always have a notebook or write on the notepad on my phone. Inspiration strikes at some of the strangest times. This a great post for creative minds 🙂

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    TheHappyFoodKitchen
    November 7, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I think trying to be creative always puts a block on it.

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    Vivian Evans
    November 7, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    I found that if I write everything down, I can accomplish more. If I don’t, I get lost 😀

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    Stephanie
    November 8, 2017 at 2:13 am

    I love these tips. They’re different to others I’ve read so will definitely save this for future reference. Thanks

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    Sarah
    November 10, 2017 at 4:08 am

    I write everything down in a notebook when I plan and brainstorm. By using a notebook I just grab the notes or glance at it for any information that I needed. It makes me productive and saves me a lot of time.

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    Anita
    November 10, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Writting everything down really helps to not loose any stray blog post ideas I am having through day. Also trying something new helps. It can be so simple like going to store you haven’t been before or changing your everyday route.

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    Tara
    November 10, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    being in the right mood is so spot on. if i’m not, I take a break and get some fresh air and perspective!

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