10 Ways To Be More Creative

Being creative is only easy when you have a process that you can follow.  What I want to show you is tools that you can use to be more creative in your life. 

Being creative is often thought of as a natural gift but I am here to show you that it is a skill that can be learned, developed and practiced.  There are many ways to be more creative in your life.

Firstly, the definition of Creative is “relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something to make new things or think of new ideas”.

The Benefits Of Being Creative

1.Expanded Sense Of Time.

Many artists have discussed the experience of timelessness that one encounters when in the creative zone.

2.Freedom 

Here’s an opportunity to return to that feeling of freedom such as we experienced in childhood. When was the last time you had permission to be clueless and not care about being right or looking good?

3.Enhanced Relationships

When we are actively creating, we feel better about our relationships. We tend to be more generous to others. We have more to give because we have answered our urge to create.

4.Energetic, Lighter Quality To Life

Call it a natural high or just a good mood. When we’ve done our creative work, we gain energy for our other responsibilities.

5.Allows For New Ideas 

New ideas can come from anywhere at any time. That ‘eureka’ moment is often not as a result of hard thought and pondering, but a stroke of luck from other more interesting tasks.  Creativity promotes clarity

6.Creativity Strengthens Critical Thinking

This can help you when doing tasks that may be more demanding.

7.Creativity Helps See the Big Picture

You will gain more clarity in what you are doing when you are more creative.

8.Faith And Confidence In Our Impulses

When we create, we recognize that our work does matter even if it is not published, displayed or presented to the public. We trust our instincts and gain confidence from expressing them. This confidence carries over into decisions we make in other areas of life.

9.Honouring The Source Of Creative Ideas

Where does creative inspiration come from? Some think it is God, or other divine source. We honour the gift of creative inspiration when we listen and act on our ideas, and by doing so, we are connecting to a deeper wisdom than our own.

10.Self-Knowledge And Discovery

Creativity is the route to authenticity. As we create, we plumb the depths of our being, accessing what we think and believe. You may be surprised at the resources, thoughts and impulses that you discover there.

10 Ways to Be More Creative

1.Brainstorming

By sitting down and writing out fresh new ideas has the ability to make you more creative.  The brainstorm forces you to write for a period of time without stopping until you have say 10 new ideas.  The ideas will come of out of you and you will be surprised how powerful this technique is.

2.Keep a creative journal

Keep a spiral notebook with you at all times to capture ideas when you . It’s like keeping an art diary, and it’s for your eyes only, so you can record everything.

3.Create An Idea Treasure Chest

Collect images from magazines, quotes, postcards, etc. This can be anything that will stimulate future work. I do this all of the time.  I keep a a box with all pictures of things that inspire me.

Having a reservoir of creative content to dip in and out of, whether it’s project ideas or blog titles, provides a constant source of inspiration to play with.

4.Listen to Music

Don’t try to force creativity. Just be okay with the lull. Most times it’s a great incubation period and ideas will surface later. The tank will fill again.  Listen to music while you work can help get the creative juices flowing for you.

5.Do Something Different And Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Distract yourself temporarily, and see if some time away allows you to recapture your excitement for the project. If you can’t get enthused, put the project away for even longer, or just move on.  Go outside, explore museums, visit art galleries, go for long walks; it’s not always about hands-on making and doing, sometimes it’s just about getting outside and enjoying life.

6.Review your results

You may have created something that isn’t quite right. Or it’s not the final version of what you want to submit. Consider it a practice piece and remove the pressure of it being the final version.  Review what you have done and then start again with a fresh perspective.

7.Read Books

Whether you’re looking to build your creative confidence or seeking a little encouragement to maintain your creativity, there are several books that will help you on your mission to live a more creative life.

8.Try New Things – If you find your current creative hobbies are growing stagnant and no longer hold your interest or you’re struggling for inspiration, try new things and explore new ideas.

9.Attend Events

There is only so much we can do alone, attend events where you can meet like minded people and get involved with the creative community. Join a class, visit designer-maker markets, and go to creative talks.  Surrounding ourselves with creative people and becoming an active member of the community will help us live a more creative life.

10.Reach Out To People

Making creative friends and building a support network is super important for creating a more creative life and surrounding ourselves with encouraging, supportive friends. Seek out inspiring creatives, reach out to them, and engage in the conversations taking place online.

11.Take Time off

Taking time away from work or your problem can help you be more creative.  This has helped me in life many times on ways to be more creative, just remember Creativity fills the space that stress occupies in day-to-day life.    If you can escape your comfort zone and maybe get away from your work, this will allow more new creative ideas to flow to you.  Think about when you go on holiday – you seem to leave all your problems at home and whilst on holiday, you may be an idea that can help you or a solution to your problem.

Finally -Be More Creative – Give It A Try

Even if you take just one idea from the above, it will help you be more creative.

Finally, try turning creativity into a game, and give yourself rules. If you have to solve a problem, set a timer for ten minutes, and see how many solutions you can come up with before the alarm goes off. Even if most of them are terrible, you might end up with one that works

Good luck.

 PS  – 10 Quotes To Be More Creative

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.” – Oscar Wilde

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

“Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.” – Dee Hock

“‘Keeping busy’ is the remedy for all ills. It’s also the means by which creative impulse is destroyed.” – Joyce Carol Oates

“The first draft of anything is sh*t.” – Ernest Hemingway

“This is how you do it: You sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” – Neil Gaiman

“Creative works may indeed by kind of like property, but it’s property that we’re all building on.” – Kirby Ferguson

“The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.” – Edith Södergran

“The thing is to become a master and, in your old age, to acquire the courage to do what children did when they knew nothing.” – Ernest Hemingway

“Never put off writing until you are better at it.” – Gary Henderson

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense.” – Pablo Picasso

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” – e.e. cummings

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