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.
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!