It happens to the best of us, you’re at work and stuck in a rut. You’re working on an important project and despite your best efforts the creative juices refuse to flow. Here are 5 great ways to ensure you never have to suffer that fate again.
1. Find Your Muse
What inspires you? Music? Nature? Possibly Art? If you know what inspires you then you don’t have to wait for the moment to happen to be creative. You can recreate it when needed by activating the source!
2. Connect with Creative People
Birds of a feather flock together! Interacting with other creative people can encourage dialogue that will allow you to think outside of the box and explore solutions.
3. Write Freely
For 5-10 minutes jot down any and every idea that comes to mind. Rule nothing out at inception. No judgement. Approach the exercise as “No idea is a bad idea”. Once the allotted time is complete, review the ideas and see whats worth keeping. This is called “Free Thinking”
When we are physically active the body loosens up, endorphin’s are released and you’re feeling good. At this point it’s easier to come think outside of the box and come up with solutions. A recent study found that people who exercise regularly performed better on creative tasks than those who didn’t.
5. Be Healthy!
If you are stressed, sick, and just not feeling good overall about then its hard to be creative. That negative physical feeling creeps into your mental space and can inhibit your performance. When you feel your best, you perform your best. Make sure you get adequate rest, eat regularly and allocate some time for physical activity.
DISCLAIMER: This article was originally posted on the Technologo Blog, May 2015.