Creativity does not always come easy and the truth is, it takes practice and critical thinking to grow our creative minds. We may not all be creative geniuses like Kanye West, but hopefully with these tips, you will learn how to unleash that part of you and start thinking in a way that is more “outside of the box.”
Close that screen, get up, and do something!
Go out and get some inspiration from the real world. Go to an event that is related to your interests; a concert, for example. I know that when I go to concerts, that’s where I get a ton of my inspiration and ideas from, even just random ones. Or, go hang out with friends, go for a jog, go to the library! You are guaranteed to get some form of inspiration when you’re out doing what you enjoy and what makes you feel good, that’s when your creative juices start to flow.
Watch or Listen to Motivational Speeches like TED Talks
Ted Talks are filled with inspiring creative individuals sharing a story. Whenever I need an idea or an extra boost to motivate me to get something done, I listen to TED Talks. Here is a list of 11 must-see TED Talks and from that list there is a talk done by Ken Robinson called “How schools kill creativity” relating well to the concept of this post. If you are looking for more creativity related TED Talks, a couple of my personal TED Talk favourites about creativity include this one by Elizabeth Gilbert called “Your Elusive Creative Genius” and David Kelly’s “How To Build Your Creative Confidence.“
Sometimes all we need to do is write and get our thoughts out there on paper and then, later, connect the dots. Brainstorming and writing in general helps when our minds become cluttered with too many ideas and creates room for more creative growth. Try this one out next time and just “word vomit” all over the paper.
Other forms of brainstorming include talking and collaborating with others. Brainstorming in groups or individually can help to not only generate more ideas, but also learn how others think critically and creatively. Sometimes ideas in groups can clash, which is why individual brainstorming can sometimes work more effectively but learning how to deal with clashing ideas is also a good skill to understand. If you want to read more about brainstorming, read what Mind Tools says about it.
Don’t Think About it
“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” – Ray Bradbury, author.
This quote is pretty perfect and can help when you’re trying to unleash your creativity. It takes practice to, for once, not think before doing something, to not hestitate, to not be anxious about how it’s going to turn out, but when you give up thinking and just do, you might find that the creativity will just flow.
There are simple exercises designed out there to help you enhance your creative thinking. For example, as a kids, most of us were given riddles to try and figure out. This shows how our minds think and trains our creative thinking and problem solving potential.
Try this exercise out which is all about coincidences. It’s a little scary, but fascinating at the same time. Here is a list of other exercising you can try out for your creative mind as well. If you are in for more of a challenge, this article posted by 99u has five classic creative challenges to test your creative thinking. Anything from doodling to brainstorming to reading can get you in the groove you’re looking for.
Daydream, Go For a Walk, or Even Bore Yourself …
These are all other ways that are scientifically proven to boost and unleash your creativity. Daydream as much as you can (but pay attention in class too!), go for a walk when you need ideas, have a study spot and get messy with it, work in cafes or areas with some noise, or dim the lighting around your work spaces.
Certain types of music also help with creativity flow and staying on track with your work. While I was writing this post, I was listening to this 3 hour long YouTube video called “Studying & Creativity Music – Concentration Music.” At first, it was different and something I was not normally used to listening to but it did feel as if the music kept me on track and focused with what I was writing. The next time you are procrastinating on a project or studying for a test, try listening to it and see if it works out for you!
What are your best tips and tricks for getting into your creative zone? Share yours with us @RUStudentLife.