Anyone who has abundance of creativity and new ideas coming along can count himself lucky. Not only are creative minds perceived by their fellow human beings quite differently – but creativity simply makes life easier and more exciting. Ingenuity, however, is not only desired in the advertising or media industry, but in everyday situations, as well. What to do if you want to come up with a delicious meal in a hurry, but the fridge does not give you much useful stuff? Or what do you do when you have an unpleasant task of buying the appropriate birthday present for the boss? This is where one needs to be creative.
Unfortunately, there is no magic wand or drugs that can increase your creativity. However, a few simple suggestions can help the lazy mind.
Trust your creative intuition
Anyone who considers himself a rather boring, and accomplishes tasks strictly according to "Scheme F" stifles any creativity in the bud. Everyone can be creative and produce ideas. Basically everything is a question of inner attitude and this should - just like spontaneous ideas - always be positive.
With sudden appearance of self-doubt, it is advisable to mentally revive the moments in which you were shining with particular ingenuity. Anyone who completely rejects any creativity should make do with suitable role models. It does not matter if this person is a friend or somebody famous. The main thing is that one has sincere admiration for this person and thinks about how the chosen role model would act and react. So you can mentally try to play the role of this character in order to to fuel your own creativity.
Creativity needs goals and specifications
The whole thing sounds a bit paradoxical, but it is actually quite simple. The more precisely the framework is defined, the more targeted the ideas are. If you have a vague idea about how to work more efficiently on the job, you will achieve far less than someone who explicitly defines the areas in which action is needed. Increase your creativity by setting clear goals.
Even a realistic, well-defined period is important - especially for perfectionists. The longer you “break your head” about a project and the more you feel the need to make everything perfect, the faster ingenuity turns into boredom and unproductivity.
Change of perspective - other opinions for fresh ideas
It is advisable to occasionally think outside the box - and above all to listen. A so-called brainstorming can help in the process. However, it is usually a hard piece of work ahead before brilliant breakthroughs are achieved. Truly liberating there are conversations with bystanders, because strangers often have a refreshingly different view. If these are not complicated technical problems that require specific prior knowledge, it is even advisable to talk to someone who comes from a completely different area.
Take time out and increase your creativity
You are stuck and cannot find a suitable solution? Who lingers too long at a problem, often does not see the forest because of trees. In this case, it means intentionally setting the project aside. Take a break that leaves room for fresh ideas. This is possible by turning to something else or being physically active. A short walk, a jogging session in the park or a short break while immersing yourself in other worlds through movies or books can work real miracles. This is because the subconscious mind continues to deal with the problem and presents solutions often after a certain time. If you sleep over it one night, you usually have a good idea the next morning. Unfortunately, the unpredictability of ideas and creative thoughts is that they come up when you least expect them.
You cannot get creative with deadlocked behaviors
Even the simplest patterns of behavior affect creativity immensely. This is not against a solid routine that makes everyday life easier and more secure. But those who have been eating only one and the same type of food for years, who travel the same way to work every day and visit the main restaurant on weekends, they suffocate all creativity. The ingenuity comes out of unforeseen moments and everything that deviates from daily monotony. Ultimately, creativity and curiosity go hand in hand. Now you do not necessarily have to be creative to visit another restaurant, for example. However, breaking certain behavioral patterns regularly creates room for new ideas. The more one experiences these moments, the easier it is to think in new ways.