Five Creative Ways to Stay Creative

by Vidya Premkumar

Have you ever been stuck for ideas? Did you ever feel like your creative juices have dried up? I remember this one time in the 1980s, when I was a teenager, and I had a big project due for a school science exhibition, and I just couldn’t come up with any creative ideas and felt like like my creativity had abandoned me.

But I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I started searching for ways to bring back my creativity. I talked to friends, read through many science magazines, and tried unconventional methods like talking to general people about what they would like science to do for them. And you know what? It worked! I was able to tap into my creative resources  and come up with a fantastic idea for my project, ‘Solar Cooker for Women in Villages,’ which won first prize in the district science exhibition.

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So, if you’re in the same boat, don’t worry. With a little effort and creativity, you, too, can break out of your rut and come up with some incredible ideas. Let’s dive into five tips and tricks to help you break open the inner creative genius!

1. Journal as a Creative Source

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One of the best ways to bring more creativity into your life is by keeping a journal. Write down your thoughts, ideas, and inspirations. You can also use your journal to sketch, doodle, or write poetry. It’s a great way to express yourself and explore your inner creativity. Plus, you can look back at your journal and see how your ideas have evolved, and sometimes you can find your inspiration in old ideas.

2. Take a Different Route

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By that, I mean a literal route. Change up your routine and take a different route to work or school. Pay attention to your surroundings and notice things you may have missed before. This can help you see things from a new perspective and spark new ideas. Being in new places and allowing your senses to take in new sights, smells, and sounds can trigger novel thought processes that can lead to new ideas.

3. Toys can be Creative

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Don’t be afraid to play with toys and other things you associate with childhood. Legos, Play-Doh, and other toys can help you tap into your imagination and get those creative juices flowing. Sometimes the shapes, colours, and patterns that we work with randomly can elicit associations and original concepts.

4. Write with your Non-dominant Hand

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This may seem odd, but writing with your non-dominant hand can help you access a different part of your brain and stimulate creativity. It stimulates neural pathways in the brain that lead to creativity and problem-solving. So, the next time you feel stuck, shifting your pen to the other hand and doodling will generate innovative ideas for you.

5. Collaborate with Others for Creative Ideas

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Working with someone else can help you bounce ideas off each other and create something unique. Find someone you trust and admire creatively, and see what you can develop together.  They could find loopholes in the ideas you have or be able to expand the idea you have and suggest something unique.

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While all this can help you find new ideas, remember that not every idea will be a winner, but that doesn’t mean you should give up. Keep experimenting, keep trying new things, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Sometimes the most creative ideas come from the most unexpected places.

In conclusion, creativity is not a gift that only some people have. It’s a skill that can be developed and nurtured. You can bring more creativity into your daily life by keeping a journal, taking a different route, collaborating with others, playing with toys, writing with a non-dominant hand, and ultimately embracing failure. So go forth and find the spark of creativity in your daily life and bring passion to your work.

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