Inspiration can come from just about anywhere, but sometimes it can be tough to find when you’re actively looking for it. The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can get inspired, whether you’re stuck on a specific project or just seeking a fresh perspective. Here are a few ideas to boost your creativity.
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Have a Conversation
Having a conversation with someone is always an opportunity to get inspired. Everybody has a different perspective on life. What is normal for someone may be new for others. You don’t even have to look far to hear someone else’s thoughts. If you’re looking for a creative way to solve a problem at work, you can take a break and ask a coworker what they think -- like a quick collaboration of sorts. If you’re looking for inspiration for a personal project, give a friend a call and ask them how their day is going. You never know where a conversation may lead to, but you may find that inspiration while you catch up with a friend.
Write It Up
We’re always thinking about things, even when we’re not. Our subconscious is always working, and you can make it easier to tell you things. There is a technique called stream of consciousness. The premise is to allow your thoughts to freely flow out into the world. If you’re a writer, put pen to paper and just write whatever comes to mind. Don’t think about sentence structure, proper grammar, or even spelling. Don’t worry if it makes sense or not. Just write, and after you finish a page, take a look. You never know what inspiration may be found in your thoughts.
Keep a Positive Home
Being in a negative mindset can stunt your creativity. If you want to add some more positivity to your life, start at home. Deep cleaning and decluttering can improve your mood and help you focus. Bring some nature into your home as well. While adding some low-maintenance plants is the best option, even pictures of plants or nature can raise your mood.
Do Something Different
Maybe there’s a Polish bakery you’ve heard about or a Latin art exhibit that you want to see. Go somewhere where you can experience something new. Make conversation with the people you meet and take note of their insights. You might want to write down anything you find particularly interesting, be it music, flavors, scents, or sights. Looking at things from a different point of view can allow you to break out of your own box and inspire you.
Another way to break out of your comfort zone and appreciate new perspectives is to donate your time. You can volunteer at a nearby homeless shelter, soup kitchen, animal shelter, school, or community center. You’ll meet wonderful people with all different points of view, some of which may inspire you.
Pick a Card
Playing cards gives your brain a workout in a fun, low-pressure setting. Whether it’s strategizing or creative problem solving, there are all kinds of ways card games can be the stimulating decompression you need. There are benefits, too. Playing card games can enhance your memory, practice your motor skills, and help improve your concentration. It’s also a great way to spend some time with your friends.
Take a Class
Your brain likes to be challenged, so give yourself a regular opportunity to learn. It can be any kind of class you want, like a sculpting course at a local gallery, or a foreign language class at the community center. Pick whatever format works best for your schedule, and don’t be afraid to switch things up when you’re ready. As you expand your knowledge, you may find yourself thinking of creative new ways to solve things.
Often the key to finding your inspiration is to stop thinking so much about it. Try these techniques, leaving your frustrations aside. The more open-minded you become, the sooner you’ll get inspired. And don’t forget to have some fun in the process.
Courtney Rosenfeld of Gig Spark is a guest poster for eMoods.
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