If there is one thing constant about creativity, it would be this: It has its ebbs and flows. There will be days when much-needed inspirations elude you. But this does not mean you have to stop creating. You just have to find ways to get inspired. Learning how to boost your creativity and get creative ideas flowing is an important skill that will go a long way accomplishing the things you set out to do.
1. Know when to take a break. Stop whatever it is that you are doing. There is no use staring into the wall waiting for inspiration to arrive. You have to do something, not do something, or do something else to find it. Taking a breather can be good for your mind and body. Even a 10 to 15 minute break takes your mind off what frustrates you. It can shift your attention to other things that may prove to be sources of inspirations.
2. Clear your mind. This approach follows the Buddhist wisdom of emptying your cup. It is essentially about clearing or unblocking your mind. One reason you may have hit a creativity block is that you have a lot of thoughts and ideas running in your head. Calming and clearing your mind is one of the many ways to get your creative juices flowing.
3. Shake things up. Many artists, writers, and all sorts of creative people develop their own routines. While routine can be essential to productivity, it can be mind-numbing and stifling over time. Temporary or permanent changes in your routine can be disruptive in a good way. It ushers in new experiences. It changes the way you think or view the things you used to do on autopilot.
4. Take note of random ideas. A lot of great and highly creative ideas appear when you least expect them. Keep a notebook handy so you can use it anytime to write down random thoughts or ideas. Do not edit yourself. You might be surprised just how much creative materials or projects you can launch from thoughts that came out of the blue.
5. Get a good night’s rest. Sleep deficit affects your physical and mental health in the long run, if left unchecked. It makes you feel more tired. And it may even leave you sluggish and uninspired. Make sure that you get quality sleep so you have the mental clarity and the energy to get your creative juices flowing.