“What am I doing here?”, Sally asks herself. “This is pointless”, She continues. After shuffling back her notebook and pen into her bag she gets up and walks out of the secluded cabin in the forest. She’s so frustrated.
You see, Sally came all the way to her small cabin in the forest to look for ideas. She had been stuck on the second chapter of her new novel and thought that some quiet time in the cabin could make her creative juice flow. Well, we all know how that turned out.
Improving Your Creative Thinking
If you happen to be in the same shoes as Sally, take heed of the followings. These some simple things you can do to break the barrier that’s been blocking your mind from entering the mystical creative zone.
#1. Go out of your comfort zone
If you’re a writer, read books outside of your niche. Reading too much of the same thing halts creativity. Break the barrier and read stuff way out of your niche. Find books covering topics so unrelated to your own writings.
“But I’m not a writer…”
So? This advice applies to whatever field you’re in. Listen to different music genres, code different types of programs and apps, sculpt things that you never find interesting, and so on.
The goal is to find inspiration. If you can’t find it in your box, it’s a good idea to search for it in someone else’s.
#2. Eat something different
Pancake for breakfast, hamburger for lunch, and pizza for dinner? Change that!
Whatever your current diet is, go with a different set of food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Something healthier is preferable, of course. Take into account your allergies too. We don’t want to end up in the ER, do we?
When you put different types of food into your system, your body will start to think differently. Try it!
#3. Create something, anything
It doesn’t have to be pretty or useful. As long as you use your time productively, new ideas will keep coming in.
Cook something, paint whatever you have in mind, make a castle with a stack of cards, or whatever. You don’t even need to do it all the way through. Dumping the whole thing halfway through is acceptable too.
#4. Listen to ambient sounds
If peace and quiet can’t tickle your creative parts, it’s high time for ambient sounds to take over the job. Getting the right level of ambient noise has helped many creative workers break the blocks.
“But why? How?”
The right level of ambient noise provides distractions. It breaks your fixed thinking pattern and let your creative imagination loose for a bit.
OK, that’s all for our list of simple stuff you can do to boost your creative thinking. We sure hope this will inspire you and get things going again.