Do you know that you can learn to be creative? Psychologists state that people are not born with creativity. So don’t worry if you have felt that the “creativity gene” skipped over you. I must admit that I am usually a highly creative person. If truth is told, even I have those days where I just don’t “flow” or even know where to start.
Believe it or not, practice leads to being a creative individual. You may be wondering where to start. Here are seven suggestions to help get your creative juices flowing!
1. DOODLE WHILE YOU WORK
As a veteran workshop facilitator, I always encourage my participants to doodle. I usually hand out papers specifically for them to doodle. I have found that doodling enhances the learning process and, in fact, helps participants to stay focused. Doodling often helps jump-start the creative process. So pick up that pen, pencil, or crayon, and paper and doodle away.
2. ALLOW YOUR INNER CHILD TO COME OUT AND PLAY
Much research has concluded that play is one of the most foundational paths to learning. Think about it, children are constantly creative. They play long and hard. They haven’t learned to be hindered by what others may think of them. They aren’t afraid of or embarrassed by failure. So turn back the hands of time and allow the child within you to come out and play. Sometimes I’ve had silly putty or even a slinky within reach on my work desk. One of my favorite playful sources of encouragement is that large, “That was easy” button at my work- station.
3. TAKE A CREATIVE COURSE AND NETWORK WITH CREATIVE PEOPLE
There is no shortage of creative courses you can take. There are courses focused on writing, crafting, painting, cooking, and a multitude of artistic expression. Whatever course you may take, remain open minded. You may notice how your strengths and weaknesses surface. You may be surprised how your creativity begins to flow!
Similarly, when you’re trying to learn something new, don’t you attempt to surround yourself with others who are knowledgeable in that area? Likewise, you should be surrounding yourself with creative people. Engage in conversation. Truly listen to what they have to share. You will surely benefit from being around these highly creative individuals.
4. TAKE A BREAK
I don’t know how many times my mom encouraged me to take a break from my homework or project that was frustrating me. She believed that if I took a break and returned to it later, with a clear mind and fresh eyes, I would work through whatever had been so difficult. I can’t tell you how often I’ve applied my mom’s principle to so many areas in my life. Her words of wisdom haven’t failed me yet. You see, breaks allow your mind to work without getting or staying stuck. In fact, most creative people schedule regular breaks into their schedules.
5. TRY OUT NEW THINGS
What have you always wanted to do but have never allowed yourself or taken the time to do it? What do you think you’d never enjoy? I encourage you to try out new activities that fall into both of those categories. You may be amazed how much you enjoy these new ventures. A bonus is that new ideas and creativity seem to naturally flow out of participating in new activities.
6. Listen TO MUSIC
We all know that music can calm our nerves. Put together a couple of playlists and relax as you work.
7. DON’T GIVE UP AND KEEP AT IT
Just like any new skill, creativity doesn’t happen overnight. Practice creativity. Encourage each other as you adopt this new way of thinking and working.
Yes, creativity will stick!