Are you wondering how to be more creative? Maybe you're lacking motivation and need more creative inspiration in your life? Getting creative can sometimes seem like a challenging task, especially when it is the only thing you are focussed on. This tunnel vision can actually make it harder to spark a creative idea, so it is important to think outside the box and shift focus - this is when the ideas really start to flow!
Below you will find 3 simple ways to boost your creativity. These are effective daily practices you can implement, which are all backed by science, that will really get the creativity flowing and help you gain a new perspective. I have also created a video which runs you through my top 3 tips for boosting your creativity, so make sure you check that out at the bottom of the page!
1. Start Journaling
Journalling is an amazing way to get all your ideas down on paper. It is an exercise in mindfulness, as it helps us to connect with our thoughts and clear our minds for new ideas to emerge. Studies have found a strong correlation between handwriting and increased levels of creativity and brain activity, so make sure you are putting that pen to paper as often as you can.
Here are two exercises you can try if you are new to journalling:
Every morning when you wake up, write down 5-10 new ideas. It's a wonderful way to get your brain thinking and you will be pleasantly surprised with the ideas that you come up with. These can be any ideas; from goals, to inventions, to tasks for the day.
Create a brainstorm: Draw a circle in the middle of the page and write a topic of interest in the centre. Then write as many words as you can around this circle. This is all about quantity over quality, so write down even the silliest things that come to mind. Think of it as word vomiting! When you look back over the brainstorm, there will be hidden gems scattered all over the page.
2. Change up your Schedule
When we get stuck in the same routine, day after day, we can start to feel like our life lacks inspiration. Changing up your schedule can bring a new freshness to your life and add a change of pace and scenery. When we make small changes, our minds begin to see the world in a new light, and creative inspiration will emerge.
Try changing your schedule in these simple ways:
Drive a new way to work
Reorganise and redecorate your workspace
Wake up earlier in the morning
Take a walk with nature or somewhere new - and leave your phone behind!
Studies have shown that taking a walk actually boosts your creativity by up to 60%, so try and fit a walk somewhere new into your schedule at least once a week, and reap the benefits.
3. Try Something New
Trying something that steps you outside your comfort zone is an amazing way to stimulate new ideas. When you challenge yourself to learn something new, you develop new skills that can be applied to other areas of your life. An activity that may not feel relevant to your creative process could be just the experience you needed to spark a new thought.
Seeking out new experiences is also amazing for our brain development. As our neurons connect in new ways, it helps to develop a fresh perspective that we can bring to other tasks. Completing a new project will also help with memory recall, attention to detail and problem solving.
As an added bonus, trying something new is a great confidence boost too, bringing us a sense of accomplishment. So now is the time to try that thing you have always wanted to!
Want more information on how to boost your creativity? Watch the below video on how to be more creative.
We all have that creative genius inside, we just need to nurture them to come out and express themselves. And remember, there are no wrong ideas! So be gentle with yourself and allow your creative energy to flow, in whatever form it shows up.
Here's to finding our peace in creativity!