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37 Ways to Be and Stay Creative


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Use this as your guide to become creative or dramatically increase your creativity.

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37 Ways to Be and Stay Creative

  1. 1. 37 Ways to Be and Stay Creative /successstore/blog/37-ways-to-be-and-stay-creative/
  2. 2. Working in your business or on your job can become mundane after a while. It’s important to shake things up a bit to stay sharp and full of fresh ideas. We’re constantly creating new products and programs, and after a while it can become challenging to do something new. You can get comfortable and go with something you’ve already done, but when you want to raise your level of expertise, authority and innovation, you have to get more creative. Here’s a list of 37 ways you can charge your creative juices in your business. Try implementing at least one a day over the next month. You may come up with your next million- dollar idea! 1. Writ e f reely. Write uninhibited thoughts early in the morning when you first wake up to jumpstart your creativity. Brilliant ideas, solutions and reminders will come early in the morning. 2. Keep an idea journal wit h you at all t imes. Whether you love a pen and a pad or you use a notepad app, when inspiration strikes record it quickly right when the idea is fresh. 3. Writ e on t he walls. Use extra large paper you can stick on the wall and write your ideas. It’ll bring out the kid in you and help you to create freely. 4. Use st icky not es. Record a single thought then later you can rearrange your ideas into a flow that fits your project. 5. Medit at e. Clear your mind through meditation. Get in tune with your inner spirit and allow yourself to hear divine ideas that are meant for you. 6. Get mont hly mot ivat ion in t he mail. Subscribe to magaz ines in your industry and other magaz ines that inspire you as well. Every week I visit the bookstore and purchase all the weeklies. They are full of ideas, up to the minute information and the latest trends and styles. 7. Make list s. Lists are an easy way to get a lot of ideas out quickly, just start writing…more things will come once you get started. (I used this technique to write this list actually) 8. Break rout ine. We are all creatures of habit and doing the same things over and over can dull your mind. Break up the monotony and do things a little different. 9. Get moving. Ride a bike, run on the treadmill, exercise and get your blood pumping. The increased blood flow positively impacts your creative juices. 10. Take a walk. Fresh air and natural surroundings will inspire you. 11. Get sunshine. Sunshine improves your mood, which is also good for your creativity. 12. Browse t he bookst ore. Peruse the aisles, check out the NY Times best seller list, thumb through selections that catch your idea. Go around the entire store, not just your favorite spots. You’ll be surprised at what you’ll find. I’ve found great ideas in cookbooks, decorating books, calendars and more.
  3. 3. 13. Get order in your of f ice/home. A clean space will conjure up your creativity. Everything speaks to you…so clear the distractions of clutter so you can hear what inspires you not what’s draining you. 14. Add color f or creat ivit y. Colors have been known to enhance your mood and impact your thinking. Go for the color green when you want to be more creative and the color yellow when you want to enhance your mood overall (which also helps your creativity). 15. Experiment . It’s okay to experiment. Try something new with your project. Listen to your gut and go for what hasn’t been done before…your best work can spring up out of hunch! Give it a whirl…you can always adjust later. 16. Surround yourself wit h creat ive people. Creative energy of others can fuel the atmosphere and produce a conducive environment for fantastic ideas to flow. 17. Check out t he compet it ion. It’s good to see what your competition is up to. You’ll keep your competitive edge and you might find something that sparks an idea for your own projects. 18. At t end conf erences. Live events are a great place to learn new things, meet new people and trade information as well. You may find a new product for your business or meet a potential business partner. 19. Take a class. Keep your skills sharp by staying abreast of the latest information in your field. Thankfully the Internet makes this process simple. You can take an online course or other courses offered by experts. 20. Creat e vision boards. Create a visual of your ideas that you can meditate on often. Put it where you can see it, it will inspire you. 21. Tune up your creat ivit y wit h Music. Like color, music can get you right in the mood for inspiring ideas. What ever music you love that can get you in a z one…turn it up, tune everything else out and create! 22. Ask “What if ?” Allow yourself to imagine and think freely about ideas that come to you. Focus to remove the barriers and consider how everything would turn out if…. 23. Invest igat e f urt her. When an idea or image or a phrase you may have heard strikes you…dig a little deeper. Maybe you need to research or write more about the topic, whatever you need to do, don’t let it be a fleeting thought. 24. Finish. Un- clutter your mind of unfinished business so you can think more clearly. 25. Wat ch creat ive movies. Sometimes it’s good to watch movies that inspire you. 26. Forget f ear. Fear stifles creativity. Just for a moment just consider exploring your new ideas, inquisitive thoughts and actions…don’t consider any repercussions or what others may think…just do it. 27. Get a hobby. Channeling your creativity into something different than your work can keep your mind sharp and rejuvenated. 28. Capt ure creat ivit y wit h camera. Images speak loudly and can inspire you so capture the moments forever with a camera. 29. Try a new workspace.
  4. 4. Work outside, in a new room or even a new location altogether. Take a moment and look around the new place…take note of all the things that inspire you. 30. Find t he Wow! Look for inspiration. Open your mind to be inspired by becoming more observant. When you see the magnificence that surrounds you daily…say wow! 31. St ep away f rom a project and ret urn wit h a f resh perspect ive. Sometimes we can get so engulfed that we can think of anything else to add or change. Take a break and then come back you’ll be full of new ideas! 32. Work wit h a t ime clock. The pressure of a deadline can inspire you to creatively finish faster. 33. Embrace mist akes. Mistakes or failed attempts at something can sometimes lead to other brilliant ideas. Art Fry used another scientist’s seemingly useless glue (that was strong enough to stick to a surface but couldn’t bond) and created the Post It Notes. 34. Broaden your horiz ons. Take in cultural activities that you wouldn’t normally be interested in. This new exposure can inspire you to add something new to your work. 35. Check out new social media sit es. There are new social communities that can open you up to new ideas. You can search for ones in your field or others that are inline with your interests. Whether you’re into cooking, drawing, sculpting, web design, photography…there’s a community out there waiting to be discovered by you. 36. Eat clean. Fresh fruits and lots of water can keep your body and brain aligned which helps with creativity. As opposed to junk food that can steal your energy. So fill up on foods that fuel you! 37. Have f un. Make work fun, laugh a little and play…having fun in your business makes it easy to develop new concepts and ideas.