I can never get enough of these tips – staying creative, like anything worth having in your life, needs to be worked on every day, and you should make it a priority to keep going – stay creative, stay motivated, stay inspired, and you WILL stay on your creative path.
I came across this amazing infographic a while back on YouTheDesigner - you can see the full infographic here – How To Be More Creative
Here’s what inspired me:
1. Gather real-world inspirations and don’t over-think
Having a Pinterest account, and a long list of “favourited web links” is great, but nothing beats physical inspiration – gather magazine clippings, make a vision board, write down your ideas/goals/visions, and doodle (doodle like crazy!).
What stops most of us from letting creativity flow is over-thinking an idea (or over-thinking the idea that we need to come up with something awesome) – don’t think, just do. Whether it’s free-writing, free-drawing, talking to yourself, reading, or just meditating; try and switch your brain off and let it come to you organically.
2. Go outside, and get specific about your goals
Step out of your home or office and take a walk, sit in a park or by the beach, take a long drive, or sit in your garden – the idea is to let your mind wonder – give it an opportunity to escape from your day-to-day thinking and being.
Get specific about what you want to achieve – do you want to write something new, create a new art piece, or have a different business strategy? Think about what you want in terms of creativity, and take that first step!
3. The Lotus Blossom Technique
Similar to a mind-map, this technique was originally developed by Yasuo Matsumura – for a great tutorial, just click here.
4. The Six Thinking Hats
Red, blue, yellow, green, black, and white – these hats represent different types of thinking from emotional and rational to judgmental and constructive – check out the original infographic for more details – it was helpful to be reminded of these, as it is easy to fall into a pattern of only using one type of thinking process.
Being more creative is often as simple as literally BEING MORE CREATIVE - stop wishing you could be, and just do it!