Creative blocks tend to strike at the most inconvenient times—like when hard deadlines or big projects loom.
We created a list of 9 tactics you can use right now to spark creativity. Use them when you need a quick creative fix!
1. Get Your Blood Flowing
Regular exercise is important to your health—both physical and mental—and exercising can improve your ability to harness your creative powers. However, if you need a quick fix for your creativity block, you probably don't have time to run to the gym.
Good news. There are a ton of exercises you can do right from your desk at work. Take 10 minutes to get your body moving and free your mind.
2. Give Yourself the Blues
A study conducted by the University of British Columbia found that when exposed to or surrounded by the color blue, test participants were able to think more creatively. You might not be able to repaint your office on the fly, but you can change your desktop background!
3. Play a Video Game
According to researchers at Michigan State University’s Children and Technology Project, most computer games appear to boost creativity. So why couldn’t this work for adults? Turn your mind off and enjoy your favorite 3D game to coax your creative brain into coming out to play.
4. Get Messy
In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, researchers found that a clean space and a messy space both have their time and place. Clean workspaces are known to promote healthy habits, generosity and conformity. However, messy workspaces are now believed to have their own set of benefits—creativity topping the list.
So go on, get messy.
5. Watch a TED Talk
Have 10 minutes to spare? Watch one of these 10 TED talks designed to spark creativity.
6. Imagine Opposites
Janusian thinking is the ability to imagine two opposites or contradictory ideas, concepts, or images existing simultaneously. The tactic was used by Einstein, Mozart, Edison and Van Gogh when they needed a creative jolt.
7. Dive Into Uncharted Waters
Explore a new neighborhood. Try a new food. Talk to a stranger when in line for lunch. Anything to take yourself out of your comfort zone will work. Your mind needs new experiences to draw from in order to spark new creative ideas.
A post published by Scientific American suggests that even just thinking about a far away place can help.
8. Deprive Yourself of One of Your Senses to Boost Another
Sensory deprivation involves taking away one of your senses in order to boost another. For example, if you wear earplugs, your sense of sight, smell, taste and even touch heighten. Cover your eyes or plug your ears for a minute or two. The change in perspective might just get you over that creative hump.
9. Play a Mind Game
Mental challenges are a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Here’s a favorite of ours: Pick two random words and try to connect them in exactly 10 steps.
Have any tactics to add? We’d love to hear them!
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