Having a hard time getting your creative juices flowing? Feeling like you can’t think of something innovative & new? Sometimes, it’s inevitable that we run into a expressionless funk, but do not fear! There are plenty of ways to re-energize your artful mind and CREATE your most powerful pieces yet!
1. Take notes!
Creativity can strike at any moment, especially when you least expect it. A good habit to get into is to carry a notepad and a pen (or you can even use your smart phone!!) to record your creative ideas when they hit you! Even if the idea seems small at the time, having it written down allows you to reference the thought in the future (like when you are struggling to come up with ideas!)
Writing down creative ideas as you get them is a great start to fueling your creativity, but that isn’t always going to be enough. In order to truly fuel your creativity you need to take time for yourself to recharge. Feeling overwhelmed or stressed does not help your creative juices run efficiently; but if you feel relaxed and comfortable, your mind will be far more open to new and innovative ideas.
Your body & your mind effect your creative potential! A change of pace can often open up your creative flood gates better than anything else. Some people like long, leisurely walks to let your mind wander while others prefer a fast paced session at the gym to re-energize. Working out your body and your brain from time to time will help you to come up with better, more original and creative ideas when you need them most.
Exercise can often help you look at your materials in a new and interesting way!
4. Ask Questions !
Reward your curiosity by asking questions -lots if ’em! It may be hard to realize it, but when you ask yourself questions you are creating and sorting a system for the thousands of ideas in your mind. Asking a lot of questions means a lot of organizing, and thus a lot of new creative ideas to work with. So don’t ever be afraid to ask questions, in-fact: ask a lot of questions every chance you get!
5. Brainstorm !
You can never expect creativity to just happen, sometimes you need a little help from inspiration! If you’re blocked on a certain project, try looking at similar projects for motivation. Sometimes it’s easier to generate new ideas if you have some background to case them off of. Another good technique, is to create an inspiration is to look at new sources. Try reading a book, visiting a museum, listening to music or engage in a lively debate with a friend!
Looking for even more ways to jump start your creativity? Check out this list from www.todayandtomorrow.net.
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