Creativity is a skill to be practiced, learned and developed. Snow boarding takes practice, coding takes loads of practice and driving a car is a skill that some people just never perfect! Creativity is no different and the more you make creativity part of your everyday life, the more it will bloom.
So here’s a handful of super helpful get-more-creative suggestions that you can get started on in the next 15 minutes:
Drawing with pen, pencil, or paintbrush on paper is not just for artists. For anyone who actively exercises the brain, doodling and drawing are ideal for making ideas tangible. Doodling also triggers insights and discoveries that are not possible through words. So get off your iMac and start scribbling!
Playing with a puzzle, stress ball or a little piece of origami paper at your desk might seem like procrastination to some, but for us it’s the complete opposite! Certain types of hand movements have an impact on cognitive functioning which improves focus and can even spark fresh thinking or faster learning.
Grab a piece of paper and draw 30 circles. In one minute adapt as many circles as you can into objects. For example, one circle could become a sun. Another could become a globe. How many can you knock out in a minute?
The result: Most people have a hard time getting to 30, largely because we have a tendency as adults to self-edit. Kids are great at simply exploring possibilities without being self-critical, whereas adults have a harder time. The answer: Don’t think just feel!
Having to mentally create characters, places and scenarios, is an exercise that forces your mind to work overtime without any visual or textual aid. This suggestion might seem a bit silly, but role playing can seriously help you develop new solutions to existing problems by putting yourself in the shoes of a client. Don’t be shy, get up and get theatrical.