5 Ways to Amp Up Your Creativity | NJ Business Mentor
I’ve always believed I’m a creative soul, despite the fact that I can’t draw well, I’m no expert painter, sculptor or maker, and I often struggle with putting words to paper. (And by no means can I walk onto a stage and recite lines of poetry.)
So why do I consider myself a creative? Because I have a desire to see the world in fresh ways. I have a million ideas — big and small — and I take time to nourish them. I see connections between business, brands and people and try to design collaborations. I’m creative because I want to learn, grow and expand.
Creativity is a way to express yourself. It doesn’t mean you have to be skilled in the arts. Creativity can be found in cooking, home design, dance, medicine, branding, even in parenting! Creativity is an outlook — it’s being open to new things and experiences. It’s finding new, inventive solutions. It’s taking action even if the process is risky, messy and not perfect. I believe this creative bug exists deep inside all of us. However, it can sometimes get lost when we don’t take the time to attend to it. If you’re longing to connect (or reconnect) with your creative self this fall, here are a few easy ways to amp up your creativity.
1) Design a vision board. Grab the scissors and glue and get ready to channel your inner 2nd grader! A vision board is simply a collage of images, pictures and words that reflect your dreams, aspirations and goals. The cutting and pasting process of designing your vision board is very creative and eye opening. Grab a stack of magazines, scissors, a glue stick and either an empty journal or a large poster board. Start the process by tearing pages from the magazines when you spot images and words that make you feel something.
Don’t think too hard about it! Just tear out anything that resonates with you, makes you smile or reminds you of a personal goal. Once you have a good stack of visuals, start designing your board. Look at the images you picked and start pasting them on. Follow your creative intuition. There’s no wrong way to do this; just fill up the board with your images! Once you get rolling, you’ll find your own rhythm and all the images will surprisingly make sense together. Once the images are all pasted, voila! You’re done. You’ve created a vision board that expresses your mind and heart. Now that’s creative!
2) Sign up for a class in something entirely new. Bring out your creative side by learning something new that you wouldn’t be able to do on your own. Maybe it’s a cooking class, piano lessons, or a diving into a new language — challenge yourself to do something outside of your comfort zone.
There are so many resources for discovering new avenues of learning. Try an online class or an in-person one! (Check out www.skillshare.com or www.creativelive.com for online classes.) It doesn’t really matter what it is, as long as you make the commitment to show up.
I recently started a watercolor art class, and my beginner mindset made me feel timid at first. But over time, the process of learning a new craft opened up my mind and encouraged me to take more chances with my work. It’s empowering to trust your inner creative.
3) Step away from the computer and move your body. Staring at a computer screen for hours can suck up your creative spark. As a photographer, I spend too much time like this. Too much screen time can rob you of productivity and creativity. The cure for that sluggish feeling staring at a screen all day can leave you with? Exercise.
Exercise is what helps me clear my mind more than anything else. It can be as simple as a walk around the block or as intense as a sweat-dripping spin class. Just make sure to move your body in some way everyday. Schedule an alarm on your phone reminding you to take a break. This movement will help you gain focus and clarity. It will inspire you to move from stuck to spark.
4) Read, escape. Your brain can’t be “on” 24/7. Sometimes, it needs a break, and getting lost in a story is just what the doctor ordered. Reading lowers stress, recharges your imagination, and sparks creativity. Books for the win!
Whenever I finish a fiction novel or business book, I feel so alive with new feelings and new ideas, so be sure to make time for reading in your daily schedule. I love turning the pages of a real book, but hey, do whatever works for you. If audible books are what you need at the moment, they are an excellent alternative that will still have you reaping the benefits of reading (www.audible.com).
5) Get out and Explore. This is my favorite way to fill my inspiration tank and cure creative blocks. Traveling to a new destinations can do WONDERS for your creativity. And it doesn’t have to break the bank. You can find inspiration close to home, too! Visit a museum. Listen to a new genre of music. Drive to a different neighborhood town. Shop at a new boutique. First time experiences heighten our senses. This open mindset helps flourish and unleash your creative juices.
So what are you going to do now to tap into your creativity? Make a promise to yourself to take action on something, one thing. Even a little thing. Once you do, you’ll find yourself pulled in the direction of other creative experiences. Soon you’ll gain creative momentum in all areas of your life.
Looking to connect with others who are ramping up their creativity mindset? Join my free Facebook Group : Brand Confidential, where we share ideas, prompts and images to express our stories and creativity. http://bit.ly/brandconfidentialparty