7 Ways to Improve Creativity in Just a Few Minutes
Contrary to popular belief, creativity isn’t always a natural talent. Creativity is a skill learned over a long time of practicing and developing. Sure, some may be gifted with the ability to acquire creativity easier than others, but constant practice is still key to improvement. According to Larry Kim, founder of WordStream, you can nurture creativity more by making it part of your daily routine. We couldn’t agree more!
And to incorporate creativity into your daily life, here are 7 ways how you can do so – and you can get started in a few minutes!
Start with oodles of doodles!
Although popularly defined as “absentmindedly scribbling”, doodling actually helps with staying present and more engaged during an activity. It helps your mind avoid drifting off from the topic at hand. The author of ‘The Doodle Revolution’, Suni Brown, stated that well-known people like Henry Ford and Steve Jobs jumpstart creativity through doodling. Doodling in meetings is also sometimes encouraged as it enhances recall and also doodles can serve as creative visual accompaniment that you and your colleagues can review at a later time to remember the minutes of the meeting easily.
Do something you haven’t done before.
Even as working creative professionals, continuous learning shouldn’t be disregarded. Get out of your comfort zone and enroll in adult education classes to improve your skills or even learn something new. Classes can vary from something completely unrelated to your line of work to something that will benefit you professionally in the long run. If time or budget is an issue, free online tutorials such as videos and blogs are a good way to get started.
If you can’t find the right stimulus, create it!
Creativity is in every individual, it just takes time to make it work for you and harness it at will. Improve or look for the right type of stimulus, support, and environment to get you started. An example of a great creative environment is Google’s office area. Decorating your workspace is also a good idea. Get rid of unnecessary clutter and surround yourself with items and tools that can help you get inspiration and ideas, such as mood boards.
Move your body, drop what you’re doing (just for the meantime).
Brainstorming is great IF it produces the information needed, but if it just wastes time then it might even be better to clear your mind, go for a walk, and hope for the best. A change of pace, or getting to another location physically might just prove to be the right way of stimulating creative thinking for you.
Start drawing more and keep references on your desk.
It might help if you just leave your gadgets alone for a moment (since these can get you VERY distracted) and start drawing and sketching in your sketchbook. Keeping your sketches is good since it works as a way to preserve work, letting you look back on the sketches you’ve done along the way. Keeping toys such as articulated action figures on your desk has been encouraged by many creative design companies both past and present, including our office at MicroCreatives. Having mechanical toys, legos, or even origami paper can help you with producing better ideas. Tinkering with something else other than just staring at the monitor waiting for inspiration is a better use of your time since it can yield better results.
Fiction work can also help, particularly “flash fiction”.
Flash fiction is a fiction work even shorter than short stories. It usually consists of only a few hundred words or fewer. Writing flash fiction is a good practice to get your creative juices flowing, as creating a story in just a few words can be challenging yet mind-stimulating.
The 30 Circles Test.
Coined and started by Bob McKim, the 30 Circles Test is done by drawing 30 circles on a piece of paper. In 60 seconds, you should be able to create a drawing out of each of the circles. The first circle can be the sun, the next is the earth, then a ball, and so on. Start from simple and obvious sketches to something more creative and unexpected.