Friday, October 12, 2012

33 Ways To Stay Creative

"The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas."

Are you an inventor? Do you have a mind full of ideas yet don't know where to start?

The first step is simple. You must tap into your creative mindset! Listed below are 33 ways to stay creative from Creative Director Freunde von Freuden. 

1. Make lists
Making a list can put your mind at ease and make you feel somewhat organized. 

2. Carry a notebook everywhere
Inspiration can strike at any moment so make sure you have a notebook with you to write down thoughts, ideas, or quotes that may inspire you. 

3. Try free writing
Why free write? Free writing is a very simple process that has a lot of creative potential and is the starting point of discovering lots of hidden information. When practicing free writing it is important not to cross anything out or erase anything you have written down. Forget punctuation, spelling, and grammar. The goal is to write faster and more fluently. 

4. Get away from the computer
Most of us spend our day staring at a computer scree. Take a minute or several, to go to the gym or take a hike outdoors. The fresh air will be good for you. 

5. Be otherworldly
Tap into your spirituality. Meditate. Pray. 

6. Quit beating yourself up
Abraham Lincoln once said "Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed."

7. Take breaks:
According to an article from the New York Times written by Phyillis Korkki, "A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity-and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion." So go ahead, take that break that you deserve.

8. Sing in the shower
Sounds silly, but singing can actually boost your immune system, increase feelings of well-being, encourage creativity, and strengthen your concentration and memory.

9. Drink coffee/tea
The caffeine content in coffee improves alertness, concentration, and energy. 

10. Know your roots
I love this quote by Maria Sharapova who is one of the best tennis players in the world:
"I know my roots and cannot forget the journey I have made."

11. Listen to new music
Listening to music allows you to actively pursue creativity. 

12. Be Open
"Flexibility requires an open mind and welcoming of new alternatives."
Deborah Day

13. Surround yourself with creative people
Learn from them. Work with them. Share ideas. Seek inspiration from them. 

14. Get Feedback 
Even if it is negative or constructive

15. Collaborate
At times it's better to work in numbers. 

16. Don't give up

17. Practice, Practice, Practice
I heard it makes perfect....

18. Allow yourself to make mistakes
This is why pencils have erasers; learn from your mistakes. 

19. Go somewhere new
"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors."
-Terry Pratchett
Travel induces creativity and may provide you with a new perspective. 

20. Watch foreign films

21. Count your blessings
Those who continually count their blessings are more likely to show higher levels of positive emotions such as vitality and optimism and are more likely to make progress towards important and personal goals. 

22. Get lots of rest
and take naps. 

23. Take risks
"All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake up in the day to find it was vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.

24. Break the rules
I think Neil Gaiman stated it perfectly: "Rules and responsibilities: these are the ties that bind us. We do what we do, because of who we are. If we did otherwise, we would not be ourselves. 

25. Do more of what makes you happy
Life is too short to do otherwise

26. Don't force it
Give it time, give it space

27. Read a page of the dictionary
Always fill your mind with new ideas or concepts. Vow to learn something new everyday. 

28. Create a framework

29. Stop trying to be someone else's perfect
Please just stop! Be you!

30. Got an idea? Write it down
Keep post-its in your purse, briefcase, or desk. 

31. Clean your work space

32. Have fun

33. Finish something
Make a goals and stick to it. 
"You playing small does not serve the world"
-Marianne Williamson

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