Ever since I can remember, I thought of creativity as a personality trait, some people are simply creative, and some aren’t. I always thought that I just wasn’t as creative or talented as others, but at some point I realized that we’re all creative beings. I can be creative in the way I write, cook, parent, or photograph. You can be creative in the way you dress, the way you solve your problems, the way you do your makeup or the way you decorate your home. The point is, we are all born to be creative, free to embrace our curiosity. It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist, an attorney, or a stay-at-home mom, you can use your creativity to bring some fun back into your life. Creativity isn’t something that you either have, or you don’t. It’s something that’s acquired, and the more you exercise it, the more you’ll find more innovative solutions to your problems, you’ll have a ton of different, fresh, new ideas.
EXERCISE YOUR CREATIVITY
You can do this even when sitting down on your couch in your living room. When you look around the room, look at the different objects that surround you. Can you create a story to connect some of the things you see around you? It doesn’t have to be good but this will help you exercise your creativity. Cool thing about this is that you can do this pretty much anywhere- when sitting outside, when you’re in a waiting room somewhere, even when you’re stuck in traffic. This is a fun thing to do with your kids too and it’ll help them exercise their curiosity as well.
If you’re a writer/blogger reading is probably one of the best ways to boost your creativity. I’m a big believer that in order to become a better writer, the first thing you need to do is read. I love to read everything. Magazines, books, blogs. The more you read, the easier writing will become. Your vocabulary will become richer, you’ll remember words or phrases you’ve forgotten, you’ll find it easier to find your own style of writing. Sometimes, I can sit down with my laptop, and write a long post in fifteen minutes. Other times, I spend hours writing, changing, erasing and basically not getting anywhere with my posts. I find that one of the best things to do whenever I have trouble writing, is reading.
DO SOMETHING NEW
I am one who is not too crazy about change and for a long time I really didn’t like trying new things. For years, my husband has been pretty much forcing me to try new things- like snowboarding, skydiving, hiking, kayaking, going out to new restaurants and bars, watching films I’d never watch. I get nervous and anxious about trying new things, but something else happens as well- after a while I start to enjoy myself. I notice that when you let go and start saying “yes” to more things, life can actually be pretty fun- that’s how you grow. But how does that help with my creativity? Trying new things can really change your perspective and you can learn new things about yourself.
CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Turn off your TV, your phone, your laptop and get outside. Go for a run, or for a walk, or just grab a blanket, lie down on the grass and look at the sky. Disconnect for a little while. If you always work on your laptop by your desk, maybe try working in a new spot- in the kitchen or even in your backyard. Changing your surroundings is another great way to boost your creativity. When you see and do the same things every single day, your brain simply starts to feel too comfortable. When you’re in a new setting, exposed to new things, experiencing and seeing something different, your brain is free to be creative. If you start feeling like you’re in a creative rut, try to switch things up a little.
CREATE DISTANCE BETWEEN YOURSELF AND YOUR PROJECT
This is very important. Whenever I am stuck in a creative rut whether it is a blog post or a even a parenting solution I remove myself from the situation and give myself some distance. When you step away for some time you will gain new perspective on the situation. You will be amazed at how your creativity will come out as you go back to the project or situation.
What do you do when you’re in a creative rut? In what ways do you think you’re being creative in your everyday life? I would love to hear your ideas, please share and comment below.