10 surprising creativity boosters



Boost-creativity




Thanks to my persistent creative practice of writing 10 ideas, I am building my creative muscles every single day. It rocks. That is my favorite recipe on how to boost creativity.


However…


There are always more tips and hacks. For instance, if you lose your passion for the creative projects, try THIS technique. If you feel that it’s all been said and done already, find some encouragement HERE. If your inner critic starts bothering you, please go THIS WAY.


But if you want to find some inspiration in unexpected places and boost your creativity in some surprising ways, don’t search any longer. I complied a list of 10 not-so-common creativity boosters. I hope this list nudges you to try something new. Remember, creativity loves novelty. So let’s get started.
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Read this when you feel that “it’s all been said before”



all-been-said




I never wanted to write a blog post about procrastination, because, I mean, does the world really need another blog post about procrastination?


Yet, for some reason I wrote a Quora answer on beating procrastination and won 46 upvotes. That was my first answer with more than 3 upvotes and the first small victory on Quora.


Was my answer absolutely adorable? Nope. Did I write something revolutionary? Not really. I compiled a whole bunch of ideas from many different places into something kinda cool. It resonated with people.


And it got me thinking how often I refuse to write about “trivial”stuff. I want to write about big ideas. I want to create something original, something that the world hasn’t yet seen. Then I do some research and realize that it has all been said and done. Many times. And does the world really need another post on XYZ? It’s all been said, why even bother?


My creative practice on writing 10 ideas daily helped a lot. I created more and published more. I became more creative and I learned more about the readers. I learned how to use old, known ideas and create something worth reading. I also learned that THERE IS a point in writing about ordinary stuff and why the world needs it.


Wanna hear more? Let’s dive into it.
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Lost your creative zeal? Try this.



Zeal




Last Monday I had a super-long experiment and I left my lab at 10 pm. Which is my typical bedtime. Swamped and in pain, I dragged myself home. The next day I didn’t feel like doing my creative work.


Then I was going out a few times, couldn’t get enough sleep, and the creative practice just felt too demanding. So I skipped.


Recently I was in emotional pain and decided to skip my morning writing session. (Now I don’t even remember what caused me the pain. But I’m sure it felt bad at the moment.)


When I get overwhelmed, the easiest thing for me is to skip creating. I am my own boss, which means I can often can get away with excuses. “I was tired. Had too much on my plate this week anyways. I’m not inspired. Who cares?”


My creative work is something that brings me tons of joy and excitement, exploration and playfulness that I need so badly. However, when life gets messy, my passion vanishes. Creative work becomes just another item on already packed to-do list. Often skipped since it’s not urgent.


I imagine that you’ve experienced something similar. For most of us, creative gig is something that we do on the side. Something that we love, but something that gets postponed easily, when the life happens. Something we’re passionate about, but, as it usually happens, the passion fades after a while.
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[FREE ebook] 100 ways to be creative today


Let me ask you something.


Have you ever believed that you’re not creative at all? That there are some people out there that are creative and you are just not one of them?


Have you ever thought that you don’t need the creativity since you have more of a traditional career?


Have you ever wanted to create and then giving up because of the:

  • lack of time
  • lack of money
  • lack of ideas
  • lack of skills
  • lack of confidence

Have you ever been afraid that you’ll deplete your creativity?
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How to bring back your childhood creativity



Childhood



Here comes another piece of wisdom from Quora. The original question was: “How do I bring back my younger self’s creativity?” I thought that it would be best to remind ourselves of the creative principles that children use. Here are my 10 ideas: Continue reading