Creativity is not a gift bestowed to a select few before birth. Everyone is creative. It’s just that for some of us that creative spark may be buried under piles of bills, boring tasks, routines and responsibilities.
Creativity needs to be nursed, cultivated and practiced. And there are many simple—and fun—ways to let your creativity loose, whether you’re interested in nurturing your hobbies or your business. You can apply creativity to any endeavor or craft. 20 Ideas from Creativity Connoisseurs To Inspire Your Imagination By MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, M.S.
Have a place to work.
Create a comfortable space that is designated only to your creativity. This place should be where you can set up a project and know that it will still be there when you get inspired to work on it. Setting up your materials / equipment every time you feel creative will drain some vital energy that you will need to bring your ideas to life.
“Don’t worry about making it perfectly, doing it ‘right,’ or set unreasonable standards for yourself,” Jessika Hepburn. “Creativity is full of surprises, so you need to give yourself permission to try things, fail, make mistakes, and then begin again with new insights.” Gail McMeekin
Resist the urge to follow the pack. All great ideas start off as half-baked impossible plans.
Learn from the Masters. Steal their ideas and make them your own.
By studying the masters you will hone your sense of what works. Study the details, ask “why” do people consider this great art, use the ideas of the masters and eventually you will discover your own “voice.”
Talk to other people that are interested in similar topics.
The best part of getting excited about an idea is sharing that ideas with another person that is also excited about the idea. Synergy – is the interaction of elements or people that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements, contributions. People who work alone, work small.
Don’t wait for inspiration to strike.
Sometimes good ideas just pop into our heads. But more often, it takes effort. “You can’t sit and wait for a brilliant idea to come along, you’ve got to get your hands dirty.” “Build up that discipline of action no matter what, and you open the window for creativity to fly through,” said Veronica Lawlor.
Think of the need that your project is fulfilling.
Understand why your project will take the form that it does. Try to create the idea from a new perspective. Brainstorm, try new materials, change something that is unexpected.
Make time for creating.
Fitting creativity into your life, whether it’s 15 minutes or several hours, has far-reaching effects. “I have realized that if I fail to make the time to play with my tools and materials, from crocheting to playing with pixels, that I am less productive or creative in the other areas of my life,” Jessika Hepburn.
“Mak[ing] time for making” also can be restorative. “When I feel frustrated or overwhelmed by to-do’s, I make space for being creative. Whether I come out of it with a painting or a pot holder I am refreshed and ready to focus on other things with renewed clarity.”
Set deadlines or due dates.
Having too much time to wait for the perfect answer to fall out of the sky will stop you from every fulfilling the need to make your idea. Working on stuff will allow your brain to come up with more ideas that may improve your first idea. Get it done.
Learn from others.
“Study the people who do what you want to do.” Ask for help. Most often people who have reached an established level of success in their field love to share advice to people who are just beginning. If a person is not still excited by what they do or not willing to share their experiences, then perfect they are not worthy of your time. Only talk to people that can inspire you.
Seek out inspiration.
“Your imagination is powerful, but it needs fresh fodder (fuel),” Laura Simms. Engage in activities that inspire you, such as visiting a museum, attending a live concert, reading your favorite author, taking in a sunset.”
Take a break.
“Downtime is just as important as having a schedule and being productive” Laura Simms. Many great thinkers have understood the benefits of a break. For instance, “Charles Darwin is said to have taken several walks a day for ‘thinking time.” Our brains are able to work on projects even if we are doing something else. In fact by doing something else you will shift the area of your brain that is working on the solution. Doing something else will send the problem into your subconscious mind. This is where really good solutions are born.
Carry a notebook with you—always.
Save your ideas in a journal or sketchbook. “Jot down ideas while you are out or if I don’t have the time to pursue the idea right away, make quick sketches, staple fabrics/yarns or paste image, collect colors and textures.” When you are ready to create, look in your sketchbook for “a treasure trove of thoughts and inspiration to draw on.”
Subtract “serenity stealers” from your life.
McMeekin refers to “serenity stealers” as anything that sabotages your creative process, whether that’s “people, places, things [or] unsupportive beliefs.” Getting rid of these saboteurs leaves you “free to create.”
Similarly, only share your project with people who will be completely nonjudgmental and supportive, she added.
Readers “question, wonder and explore,” Gail Simms. “Wakes your brain up to new possibilities.” And you can start anywhere. You might wonder: How does “a Stairmaster work? What does that leaf smell like? What would happen if I added cumin instead of coriander?”
Find activities that get you “in the flow.”
We’ve all experienced a time when we were fully focused on an activity and even lost track of time. That’s what being in a state of flow feels like. Gail Simms described it as “another sort of consciousness [that] takes over and you ride on instinct;” where “time is distorted.” “Explore what activities let you work in the flow state and enjoy the effortlessness of working from there.” This can be anything from running to reading to drawing to dancing. Gail Simms