Some folks are just born with creativity. It flows through them like Spider-Man’s webs or Batman’s hatred of Gotham’s rogue gallery.
Rest assured, there’s hope for those of you without an inkling of creative flow. Here’s our top five ways to get your creativity going.
Top 5 Ways to Get the Creative Juices Flowing
Whether you’re into Swedish Death Metal or have bookmarked an endless array of YouTube covers, music can–more often than not–get the hamster rolling.
As initially touched on in UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Magazine, music can have tons of cognitive benefits when it comes to thinking creatively.
“The results suggest that listening to happy music increases performance on overall divergent thinking,”
The authors of this research also mention music can help “enhance the cognitive flexibility needed to come up with innovative solutions”.
Here’s what we were listening to when we were writing this post. What kind of music helps you think? Comment below!
You’re probably picturing sitting in a room with a bunch of your peers, tossing ideas around.
There’s no good or bad way to go about it. That said, how do you optimize these sessions for maximum productivity?
Our good old friends called pen and paper, that’s how. Write the words down, find different ways to say them.
Dumb things down, smarten things up.
At the end of your session your sheet should be filled with words, scribbles and a tic-tac-toe game.
Don’t get too sad if you haven’t sparked anything, there are three more tips below.
We’re not talking about CrossFit or triathlons here. You don’t need to be a super athlete to boost your creative brain.
As covered in a 2014 Stanford study, just going for a walk can increase your creative output by 60 percent.
A person walking indoors – on a treadmill in a room facing a blank wall – or walking outdoors in the fresh air produced twice as many creative responses compared to a person sitting down, one of the experiments found.
Go ahead, take a walk and get those juices flowing!
Reading anything–blogs, magazines, books and comics–will get your brain going.
Michael Michalko’s Thinkertoys–for example–is riddled with creative techniques you can use to supercharge your mind.
Not interested in adding another quality book to your collection? No worries.
Here are a bunch of the exercises you can test out–for free–from Michalko’s official website.
It’s considered the sincerest form of flattery for a reason.
Look, we’re not telling you to plagiarize work by frantically hitting copy/paste. We are however imploring you to keep your eyes and ears open.
Innovation comes from the need to take something that is preexisting and molding it into something superior.
Maps became GPS’, Dick Clark became Ryan Seacrest and phones went from rotary to extensions of the human body.
Whatever you base yourself off of, make sure you imitate to innovate.