7 ways to get those creative juices flowing

We’ve all been there. Sat at the laptop thinking “what shall I write about today?”. Sitting with that blank notepad in front of you. Watching time pass slowly by. It can be difficult to get those creative juices flowing at times.

So if you are sat there wondering which planet your brain is currently residing on, read through our 8 ways to spark your creativity. Let us know what you do to get those creative juices flowing!

1. Take yourself away from it…

You don’t have to travel far. I mean booking a holiday to Spain every time you lack a bit of creativity could get a little expensive. All I am saying is to take yourself away from your work for a while. It might just be 10 minutes, it could be an hour. A simple walk in the garden, or a trip to the shops could free up some space inside your head and get you thinking more creatively.

2. Team up…

It is so much easier to come up with ideas when you are brainstorming with a colleague or friend. Get someone involved you think might help. By teaming up with someone you will likely get a different spin on things. So explain to them you challenges, and see what they come up with.

3. Have a notepad on standby…

Creativity comes at the strangest of times. I have lost count of the times I have come up with ideas in the shower, on the road, or even in the middle of the night. So keep a notepad on standby. Then next time you have that LIGHT BULB moment, jot it down. However I would not recommend taking the notepad with you in the shower…

4. Mind map it…

Mind mapping is an effective way of visually connecting thoughts and ideas, creating, rather surprisingly, a map. It brings together a series of words and visuals all linked to the central idea. It can help you see things you maybe haven’t already seen. Try it and see if it gets you seeing the bigger picture.

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Mind Map

5. Listen to music…

Listening to music gets the right side of the brain working over the left. The right hand side of the brain is the creative side, and is stimulated by things such as music and art. It might be that you have been stuck too long on the left hand side on your brain, especially if your creativity involves writing. Take a bit of time listening to your favourite Coldplay or Bieber (God forbid) track.

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Left and right side of the brain

6. Turn off those distractions…

If you need a distraction, then get away. Listen to your music (see above). Do something else. But try not to have any distractions when you eventually get back to your work. Things like the TV can have a detrimental effect on your creativity. A report back in 2011 found that watching ‘stupid’ TV shows can actually make us act stupid. So turn off Love Island, or whatever your guilty pleasure it, and get back being creative.

7. Do some exercise…

Exercise has been proven to increase creativity. Now I am not a scientist so I decided to pull a couple of quotes from some pretty trusted sources. The Telegraph reported back in 2013 that –

“Cognitive psychologist Professor Lorenza Colzato of Leiden University in The Netherlands, found that those who exercised for four times a week were able to think more creatively than those with a more sedentary lifestyle.” – Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent (The Telegraph)

Still not convinced?

“Exercise also promotes the growth of new nerve cells and synapses through elevating levels of neurotrophins (a chemical that fosters the growth of new nerve endings) and by increasing oxygen in the blood, which helps provide mental energy.” – Sally Koslow (Health Magazine)

So, if you are lacking creativity, get off your bum and go for a run! A brisk walk we be just as good.

 

Let us know in the comments below what gets your creative juices flowing. Everyone is different. If you are struggling, try some of ours. If you want to chat; click here to contact me direct.

Author: Dave Williams

Dave Williams is the founder and director of onefoursix; a digital marketing agency based in Northampton. After setting up onefoursix in 2011, Dave has gone on to grow it to one of Northampton’s finest agencies. His expertise include social media, user experience and SEO.

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