When it comes to being creative, creativity requires that you keep your mind open and always being on the look out for ideas. The reason some people can not find solutions to their problems or come up with new ideas are usually because they hold rigid beliefs about how they want something to be done and are not willing to experiment with anything new. Another reason is because they think that being creative means you come up with something original which is not always true. You must first observe around, borrow ideas and when you master the copying then are you able to come up with your own. That’s why sometimes when I first learn a new technique in a sport, I try to master the imitation then I move on to add my own style or touch (the creative part).
1. Borrow Ideas. Look around the web for your topic, read or learn about them, add your own thoughts or ideas to them. It’s really hard to come up with your own ideas, but you can become inspired by the ideas of others.
2. Brainstorm. Before you begin working on your task, jot down a few ideas or solutions on paper. Then examine and research more on the ideas. As more ideas and answers pour in, keep adding to your list of brainstormed ideas.
3. Keep Thinking. I know that in one of my previous article about creativity, I said ‘ideas generally come to you if you don’t think too much about them,’ this is true only when you are trying not to force an idea and don’t yet have an idea to go off from. However, once you have an idea, you want to think as much as possible and research more about the idea so you can keep building it up. Thinking is good once you have something to build on.
4. Talk to friends or others. You can share your ideas or problems with other people and they can give you their thoughts or criticisms. Don’t take the criticisms negatively, but use them to inspire you.
5. Rest up or be distracted. If ideas just don’t come to you, perhaps resting up or doing something else can help you get more ideas later. Part of creativity requires insights and these insights come at unexpected times.
6. Pay attention to your sleep dreams if you could remember them. Our dreams are supposed to give us insights or ideas, so paying attention to them might really help especially the more vivid dreams.
7. Be willing to start over. If an idea just doesn’t work or can easily be solved, scratch the task off your to-do list for now. Work on another project and come back to it at a later time. Don’t waste too much time working on something that you are stuck on. Furthermore, the more productive you feel, the more ideas you can generate later.
If anyone else have ideas, feel free to leave me a message. These ideas are based on my personal experiences when I’m trying to come up with topics to write for articles and they have really helped me. However, they may not work for all so be sure to give me your feedback.