Here are 10 ways to help spark your creativity:
1. Learn a new skill. Take a class, watch a video, or learn from a friend a new skill that interests you. If you have a college or university in your community, browse the continuing education course offerings. Your local community websites or newspapers may also offer workshops on a variety of topics such as improv, cooking, photography, or CPR. Be ready to discover!
2. Take a journey alone. When we are alone we tend to be more focused on our surroundings and the experience, providing an easier path to spot creative ideas. Stretch yourself to move outside your comfort zone. Being uncomfortable might feel a little stressful at first, but the more you do it, the better it will feel. We are not growing until we are uncomfortable.
3. Change your environment. Instead of working in your office or cube every day, try a change of scenery. Take your work to the library, park, or other inspiring location. Visit workplaces of friends and colleagues.
4. Visit a museum. Whether your interest is art, science, animals, cars, airplanes, antiques, or other area, plan a trip to a museum. Museums are full of inspiration and history. There may be a local museum or historical society in your community that you never knew existed. Take the time to explore. Search here for a museum in your area.
5. Play in the dirt. There is something about being close to nature that can relax our mind and body. Maybe you need to pull some weeds, plant some seeds, or do a soil sample. Enjoy your time in nature! Mother nature is a great teacher.
6. Exercise. Regular exercise not only improves your energy level, flexibility, and numerous other health benefits, but it also sparks your creative inspiration. Take a walk, ride a bike, jump rope, or visit an exercise class. Build an exercise routine into your schedule so you can continually improve your mental and physical performance.
7. Take notes. Keeping a journal, notebook, note cards, or other documenting system, will allow you to track your thoughts and give you time to reflect. Sketch an idea with visuals or with written words. You never know where you might be when a note worthy opportunity arises so it’s important to keep a pen/pencil/paper or electronic device close by to capture your ideas.
8. Dream. Relax and let your mind wander. Visualize the outcomes you want to achieve.
9. Build your network. Reach out to others in similar roles across different industries, attend workshops and conferences, connect online and offline. Be appreciative of others that are different from you, as they will enhance and broaden your views.
10. Make good mistakes. Thomas Edison explored hundreds of good mistakes on his journey to making a light bulb.
“The person who is afraid to make mistakes will be afraid to try.”
– Arthur W. Combs, Educational Psychologist
An essential element to business is the joy of creating. Keep looking for ways to expand your discovery skills and creative inspiration.