Once in a while you may find yourself falling into a creative slump. However, there are many ways to avoid this by doing simple, fun activities to wake up your creative senses and keep on going! Here are a few ideas:
- “Famously, Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs & Ham after betting that he couldn’t produce a story using less than 50 words. The research shows Seuss was on to something. Most people naturally take the path of ‘least resistance’ and build off of older or existing concepts when brainstorming, which can lead to less creative ideas. In order to put the brain in overdrive, you can mimic Dr. Seuss and place restrictions on yourself while creating, which will prevent you from falling back on past successes. If you usually write 1000-word short stories, try to create a story in under 500 words. Only use a small handful of chords in your song or colors in your design. The limiting nature of the task can bring out your most creative side.”
- Change up your environment. If you usually work indoors, get outside (did you know seeing the color green can boost your creativity?)! Usually sit at your desk? Sit on a couch for awhile! There are many easy ways to mix up the scenery to get the creative juices flowing!
- Move your body! A walk around the block or a few quick stretches can go a long way in terms of coming up with new ideas and creativity! Can’t get outside? Try out these desk exercises!
- Differentiate your art form – if you usually write, try your hand at photography instead! Or if you usually design on a computer, use your hands and complete a craft! Be creative in a different way than usual to help you gain a new perspective and get your creativity rolling on the project at hand.