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15 Cool Ways To Boost Your Creativity

Feeling burnt out or lacking creative ideas?

This article is especially for all you writers, artists, business owners or anyone looking for some new ways to get their creativity flowing.

Here are 15 ways to give your creativity a jump start:

Write Your Ideas Down

Get into the habit of writing your ideas down as soon as you get them. This way you train your brain to keep coming up with ideas, and as soon as you get them you write them down.

When they are written down you don’t have to worry about remembering them and this allows more room for new ideas to form in your mind.

Relax

Good ideas and creativity usually do not appear under stress. When you are relaxed and rejuvenated, creative ideas usually come rather naturally.

Take a walk on the beach, take a nap, go and play some sport or do whatever it is that relaxes you so that your brain can be more creative when you get back to work.

Have No Expectations

Similar to living with no stress, but specifically no stress from the outcome.

When you create with love and passion and no expectation of the outcome, the chances are much greater that you will create something remarkable!

Be Easy On Yourself

Stop criticizing yourself and stop being so harsh for yourself. Accept yourself the way you are and do things to the best of your ability.

You are enough and you are creative. Don’t let self-limiting beliefs block out your creativity! Remove the barriers and the ideas will begin to flow.

Read

Reading stimulates the mind. The more you read, the more you open your mind up to new ways of thinking and thus the more creative you will become.

I know that reading can be a bore, especially if you have to force yourself to do it. Just start small.

Choose a book on a topic that you like (it can even be about your favorite sport or artist) and spend 30 minutes before you go to bed reading that book. This way you can read 1-2 new books every month without it being a lot of effort, and it will definitely contribute to you being more creative.

Listen to Mozart

Albert Einstein said he owes his creativity to listening to Mozart pieces. Certain songs and compositions allow the brain to be more creative and function better.

Albert Einstein did not know why this was the case, but he found Mozart compositions to help his thinking.

In the present age the concept of music enhancing your thinking has been scientifically researched and proven. Certain frequencies have a positive effect on increasing your brain’s performance and creativity. Today they are known as Binaural Beats and Isochronic Tones.

Basically, scientists have engineered sound-files (I canít really call them songs) with researched frequencies that have proven to increase brain performance. Simply buy purchasing some of these tracks and listening to them with stereo headphones, you can already notice an effect on your thinking and creativity.

Meditate

There are certain techniques that allow your mind to find peace and that allow you to silence all the hundreds of thoughts that constantly run through your mind all day.

When you achieve this inner calm, it has all sorts of benefits like being more creative and having better ideas.

Exercise

The effects of exercise and physical movement on the mind and creativity have been studied for centuries.

There is no doubt that you feel much better after exercise. This is because after you exercise, endorphins (feel-good hormones) are released into your bloodstream.

Ask For Help

Don’t be scared to ask someone for help or for their opinion. The input from a friend or stranger could be enough to jump-start a whole series of ideas and new creativity.

Expand Your Horizons

Do something you have never ever done before in your life. Go sky-diving or bungee-jumping. Sign up for hip-hop classes.

The experience of it may be enough to boost your creativity tenfold and give you many new ideas.

Eat Blueberries

Blueberries are said to be the richest in anti-oxidants and good for your brain an thinking abilities. Eat a handful a day, and even if you donít get extra creativity, enjoy the taste and the health benefits.

Stop Doing Drugs

I’m talking about sugars, processed foods, alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes.
(I shouldn’t have to tell you not to do hard drugs!)

Not only will your health benefit, but you will feel much more energetic. The chances are huge that you will find all sorts of new inspiration that comes with your new energy levels once you start eating healthy and stop consuming junk.

Do Puzzles

Puzzles stimulate your brain to look at a problem from different angles. The easier you are able to open up your mind to new ideas and new approaches, the more likely it will be that you become more creative.

Make Music

I personally like playing piano. It is relaxing and it allows me to experiment with new tones, melodies and ideas. Often while playing an instrument and making music I get very creative ideas for my own projects.

If you’ve never played an instrument, why not start with something simple like piano, guitar or the drums?

Practice

Practice makes perfect.

Yeah it’s cliche, but it’s true. Do you want to be a great writer? Then write ever single day, even if it’s just about your dog.

Do you want to be a good designer? Then design something new every day, even if it’s just a logo for your favorite food.

Diggy shares his experience about self improvement at his blog Upgrade Reality

Diggy also created a cool course that will teach you how to cook easy healthy dinner recipes in 10 minutes or less.

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38 Responses to 15 Cool Ways To Boost Your Creativity

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  3. The Vizier says:

    Hi Diggy,

    I love the 15 ways you have shared to jump start our creativity. The ones that stand out for me most are:

    Read

    It is amazing just to see the kind of ideas and associations we can make and the subsequent ideas we come up with if we read. There have been many ah-hah moments in my life due to reading. The key here would be to read something that you don’t normally read. When you read something new, be it a new book, website or even a new field of interest, you broaden your horizons and open yourself up to new ideas.

    Listen to Mozart

    This is interesting. I don’t listen to much music and never knew that music had a proven effect on creativity. This is something that I will definitely look into!

    Practice

    I fully agree with practice. No one is born an expert at anything. And all the experts become good at what they do by doing it repeatedly. The lesson to take away from this is that we too can become good at anything if we practice consistently. Thus, even if we may not be creative now, one day we can be.

    Thank you for sharing this article!

  4. Bilal Kamoon says:

    Hehe 15 is just too little. Here’s 142 ways to boost your creativity: http://bilal-kamoon.blogspot.com/2010/08/142-ways-to-boost-your-brain-power.html

  5. Another cool way, would be to play a game. Because you are forcing yourself to play by rules outside of the day to day norm, you will often see your creative juices flow.

    I recommend games like Charades,Cranium, Pictionary, or What. Those games rely on what you contribute more than on a die roll.

  6. Diggy says:

    Hey Bryce,
    Yeah I agree with you. Maybe even Scrabble.

    Great addition!

  7. Writing down ideas as they arise is a key one for me. I have good ideas on occasion but if I do not get them down in writing, I tend to forget them. Still trying to figure how to safely write down a thought while tooling down the freeway but I have on occasion called my home answering machine (hands free call of course) to leave a message.

  8. Sumit says:

    Dear friend,
    Hello,
    It is good to share your knowledge and experience with others. I appreciate it. You may like to visit http://www.letsthinklogical.blogspot.com/ for spiritual articles including articles on meditation too.
    Thanks.

  9. Diggy says:

    Yeah the habit of writing down ideas as you get them is super important. Otherwise I forget it, and that sucks when it is such a sweet idea.

    Personally I have a digital camera in my glove box, so if I’m on the freeway and get a super cool idea, i just grab the camera, switch it on video mode and say my idea out loud while the camera is on the dashboard pointed at me. Easy :)

  10. Lisa H. says:

    For me writing down ideas and being easy on myself hit home the most. I find that I get ideas all the time and having a notebook handy has been instrumental in being able to capture them. I have also found that when I relax, my creativity just flows, making the project I am working on a lot easier. Great reminder!!!

  11. Gemma says:

    Making a concept map can help a lot.
    Also, going over previous work and thinking of ways to improve it is a great way to come up with new ideas. And talking to others in general is a great way. Not necessarily asking for ideas, but just having a conversation about a related topic can be of great help.

  12. Dia says:

    Hi Diggy,

    Nice post! Meditation and exercising really help a lot. They relax us and give us peace of mind. Thanks for sharing

  13. Morpheus says:

    Thank you for the brilliant and effective article. At least, I know that I’m on the right track. Keep up the good work..

    Cheers,

    Morpheus @ grooveTEK

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  15. ravi says:

    hi,

    Thank you for sharing this article!

    Gr8 points

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  18. Tuffgong41 says:

    just what I needed!

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  21. M Mehrani14 says:

    Hi
    thank you for writing simply , that me I have poor English I understand

  22. sky d says:

    Helped me to apply boost-up to my creativity

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  38. Bob O'Connor says:

    How about reading “Finding Yourself in the Town of Ceniuses–Climbing the Road to Self Realization” Really uplifting–even if you only listen to the videos.

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