How to Improve Creativity
"Creativity is intelligence having fun."
Creativity isn't a skill restricted just to designers, artists, or musicians; it is a useful skill for everyone because after all, being creative is all about finding new ways to solve problems and to approach situations with an open mind. If you've ever wanted to boost your creativity, these tips can help.
Be creative every day
Do something creative every day whether its creative writing, drawing, model making, sculpting or even just coming up with ideas for your next project. This will help the creative part of your brain to flow better if you do not usually do much creative work. During these sessions, it’s best to take some breaks every so often as not you burn yourself out. If you are having a problem with your project, sometimes it’s good to take a break a while, leave your desk, take a walk, splash some water on your face and try to come back to it with fresh eyes.
Never Stop Learning
Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. Always push yourself to learn more, never be happy with what you know. There is always a better or more ways of approach things, a new technique or skill to learn or to improve on your own abilities. Whether you do it by reading, watching videos, traveling or even just talk with other creative people. Find people in your field that you consider masters or experts and study them
Sometimes you need a change of scenery to come up with a solution for a problem. Researchers at Stanford found that going for a walk (especially outdoors) can help boost your creative inspiration. A person's creative output increases by an average of 60 percent when walking. The study showed that the act of walking itself, and not the environment, was the main factor although walking outside did yield better results. So even if you are just walking on a treadmill if you can’t go outside, you will still get a lot of benefit.
Playing with building blocks can be a great 'workout' for your brain. Using all the various coloured and shaped components to construct a large mansion or a bustling metropolis helps foster your imagination while improving focus and cognitive skills. Especially when you are not limited by a single building set, free-form tools such as Arckit, are ‘open-ended’ and encourages the user to freely explore ideas without fear of failure.
Connect with creative people
Whenever you get stuck on your own creative project, one of the best solutions is to talk with other inventive people about the issues you’re having. If you have a group of imaginative individuals you can bounce ideas off and get feedback from, this can really help get your inventive juices flowing. Different people will always have alternative perspectives on your work which could potentially help you come up with new solutions for the problems you have been facing.
It can also open your eyes by surrounding yourself with folks who have a different perspective from you as opposed to always hanging out with like-minded individuals.
Try to connect with other creative minds on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter, these are great for finding visionaries whose work you admire and who you can learn from.