While some people seem to be naturally more in tune with their creative right brain, everyone can be creative.
For many people, however, the main problem with creativity is consistency.
Everyone gets stuck when writing a new book or starting a new piece of art or even beginning a new project for work.
Creativity is a fickle creature, but you can get past your mental block. Here are X ways to boost your creativity and get your mind flowing.
1. Go for a Walk
Going for a walk is one of the most accepted ways of boosting creativity. If you’re stuck on a project or draft, take a walk.
Get out of the formal work area and spend some time outdoors. While research isn’t completely clear on whether the boost in creativity is due to the physical movement or the change in scenery, but many artists, writers, and creative problem solvers take a walk whenever they get stuck.
Perhaps it’s simply being in nature that boosts our creativity. After all, research suggests that looking at something green before beginning a creative project will help you stay more creative. And nature is certainly full of the color green.
2. Listen to Background Music or Ambient Noise
If you’ve ever wondered why you tend to work so much more efficiently and creatively in your local coffee shop, the answer could be the ambient noise.
Working in a place with just the right amount of noise can actually boost your creativity.
Perhaps your subconscious is picking out ideas from the conversations around you. Perhaps your brain has to simply focus a little more to keep from being distracted by the noise.
Either way, if you’re stuck in a rut, stop by your local coffee shop and see if it helps.
As for music, in general, music tends to boost creativity. It works especially well when dealing with problems of a scientific or mathematical nature. Many writers and artists often listen to music while they create, while others need absolute silence. Experiment with different sounds and music. See what works for you.
3. Work While Tired
Many people know that while we sleep our brains continue to work on problems creatively.
Did you know that working early in the morning or late at night can also help our creativity?
Much like having a drink makes us less inhibited and more creative, working in our non-optimal time of day can make our mental filters and thought processes less restricted and more creative.
If you’re a night owl, try working on a problem early in the morning. If you’re a morning person, try working late at night.
**While this shouldn’t be done every day (or your sleep schedule will suffer), use this if you’re really stuck on a problem.
4. Lie Down
While you may not be able to stretch out on the floor at your next board meeting, research has shown that lying down gives a significant boost to word games and creative writing.
If you’re trying to come up with some clever copy for your website or Facebook post, lay down on the couch or floor or bed.
Just make sure you don’t fall asleep.
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Article written by Kelly Mahan, also a writer for homeyou.com, a company that connects homeowners to reliable and professional contractors for their home improvement projects, remodeling and interior design. Check more on Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.