However creative you may be, there will be times when you feel a dearth of creativity. Perhaps you need to motivate yourself, or you’ve been working too hard, and feel “tapped out.”
It would be a good idea to take a break before attempting work again, but the following techniques may also help give you that added boost of creative power :
- Think Differently. Always ask: What if?
- Take Time Out. Don’t work under pressure.
- Get Experience. Travel to new places.
- Control Your Emotions. Divert negative thoughts.
- Study the Greats. Know your creative heroes.
- Take a Step Back. Consider another perspective.
- Aim for Diversity. Surround yourself with different viewpoints.
- Stop Waiting for a Eureka Moment. And start working hard.
- Stop Brainstorming. Write first, discuss later.
- Take More Risks. Break the rules.
- Do More Exercise. And start working hard.
- Welcome Criticism. Apply it constructively.
- Wake Up Earlier. Do meaningful work in the morning.
- Set Goals. Creativity thrives with ambition.
- Create a Routine. Focus on important decisions.
- Don’t Give Up. Good ideas take time.
- Follow Your Dreams. Work with passion.
- Practice Meditation. Clear your mind.
- Don’t Make Excuses. Creativity can be learned.
Any idea, no matter how world-changing, can die in committee or, worse still, after implementation, without attention to all four steps of the creative process. Paying attention to targeting the right issues, developing solutions thoughtfully, and then implementing them with both sensitivity and determination will help you turn that creative spark into a true breakthrough innovation. Knowing the process is like having a good map, now it’s up to you to drive innovation home.