All out of ideas? Do you want to be able to come up with new topics, dreams, and out of the box solutions? We all need to refresh our brains, think differently, and come up with new things that impress others and help mankind as a whole.
Regardless of what you need a creativity boost for, here are 101 creativity techniques that can help.
Einstein is said to have slept 10 hours a night when not working and 11 hours a night when working. Sleep helps your body and mind recharge and dreams helps your mind think in new ways.
2. Don’t Watch T.V.
If you have read my article how to add 13.65 years onto your life you understand that T.V. takes away from your life. Not only that it ruins your ability to think clearly and come up with new ideas.
Set aside some time to just think. It doesn’t matter what you think about, although if you want solutions to a problem you should probably spend it thinking about that problem.
4. Keep A Note Pad
Sometimes our best ideas come to us when we are busy. By keeping a notepad with you at all times you can write down your ideas and even use them to come up with other ideas down the road.
5. Go For A Walk
Get out of the house, walk to park or just walk down your neighborhood. Walking helps you to think because it gets your heart pumping and brings oxygen to the brain.
6. Watch Nature
Nature is simply amazing, watch it and learn from it.
7. Watch People
People are pretty interesting. Finding a quiet spot to sit down and watch people come and go can give you a new look at who we are and how we interact.
8. Read A Book On A Specific Topic
Reading a book about self improvement, history, or even politics can help you come up with great ideas of your own.
Find others who have the same interests as you. Than network and bounce ideas off of them.
10. Do More
When you try something new you get a new perspective on life and how others think. Do new things regularly.
11. Think Constantly
Never turn your brain off. Wonder why something happens, create stories, and keep your brain active.
12. Become A Kid
Kids are very creative because they look at life as a learning experience and have not yet been told how they must act. Become a kid again to get your inner creative self back.
13. Love Learning
Make it a point to learn one thing a day. The more we learn the more we realize how much we don’t know and the more questions we ask.
This calms your brain down to focus on things that are important.
When you start painting you see everything as a miracle
Write down your thoughts or create a story about others. Be as creative as you can be in your writing and you will force yourself to become even more creative.
17. Watch The Sunset
Again, nature is beautiful
18. Read Fiction
Cell phones, laptops, and automatic doors all showed up on the big screen before it became a reality. By reading fiction you get a new perspective of what may be possible.
19. Go See Others Being Creative
Going to art shows, concerts, etc, lets you see others being creative and just might spur your creative juice as well.
20. Get Out Of The House
Sometimes you need to get away and do something to be creative. Don’t stay in your house all the time.
21. Visit An Art Gallery
Art is creativity at its best. By visiting an art gallery you get to see what others have been up to and you may be able to pull ideas off of that.
Think about what you want out of life. Don’t think about what is possible, think about what you want.
23. Learn From Failures
Learning to blame yourself for the bad things that happen to you can actually be a good thing because it allows you to come up with solutions to your problems instead of just running into the same problem over and over again.
24. Create A Vision Board
A vision board is simply a board that has everything you want on it. You can cut out your future home, future wife, future car from magazines and paste it on the board. When you’re doing it allow your imagination to run wild.
25. Break Away From Social Norms
Just because everybody else has the new cell phone or listens to the same band doesn’t mean you have to. Try out new things for yourself.
26. Break Away From The System
Our world is built on systems. Everyone is supposed to find their spot in that system to make it work. But breaking away and showing a little bit of individuality might be a better alternative.
27. Talk To Strangers
You don’t know what other people know or who they are until you talk to them.
28. Meet People In Different Walks Of Life
Make friends with the rich, poor, males, and females to get a sense of what life is like in their shoes.
When you volunteer you get a new perspective out of life and if you are always thinking you’ll probably come up with some good questions.
30. Do Something New
You don’t come up with new ideas by only doing what you’ve done in the past. Try something new and see where it takes you.
31. Bounce Ideas Off Others
Tell others your ideas so they can tell you the flaws in them and help you come up with better ideas.
32. Go Back To The Problem
Ignore the solutions that others have come up with and look at the problem again. You might just find a better solution.
33. Do Brain Teasers and Riddles
Doing brain teasers and riddles helps you to think in new ways you would have never thought of before. Here’s a start. If a piggy bank holds 1 quart of pennies, how many pennies can you put in an empty piggy bank?
34. Learn The SCAMPER Technique
The scamper technique is a creative technique that managers have been using to come up with out of the box ideas for years. Read my article about it for more information.
35. Learn What Others Say About You
By learning what others say about you, you get a new perspective.
36. Question Everything
Don’t assume everything your teacher says is true, ask why.
37. Look For Gaps In Knowledge
Look at what we do know to figure out what we still don’t know. Than think about what we don’t know.
38. Figure Out What Others Missed
We all make mistakes, figure out what mistakes others made and try to solve them.
39. Follow Through
Don’t start a new project and stop, follow through with it. It will force you to be creative especially when times are tough.
40. Start Something New
Start a new goal, diet, business. Think about what all you need to do to succeed.
41. Make Up Parodies
Take the songs you love and change the words around to fit your life. Instead of singing about going to the chapel to get married, sing about taking a shower to get clean.
42. Make Up Songs
Don’t stop there, create songs of your own.
43. Listen to New Music
Our brains grow as we try new things. Don’t just write off that country song because you don’t like country music. Instead learn what country music is all about.
44. Break Your Pattern
Don’t do the same thing every day. Break your pattern and take a different route to work.
45. Read a Blog
Read a blog that you love and see what else they have to write
46. Learn to Program
Learning how to program computers gives you an advantage in this world, especially considering how many things computers run.
47. Visit Stumbleupon and other social bookmarketing sites
Sites like stumbleupon host the most creative webpages around. See what others have come up with to get your imagination flowing. But I warn you, it’s incredibly addictive.
48. Accept Mistakes
You need to accept mistakes happen and turn it into a learning experience.
49. Look For Mistakes
Look for mistakes you have made in the past and come up with solutions to those mistakes and what you should have done. Although it may not help you in the past it will help you in the future.
50. Don’t Be Someone Else
Don’t be someone else just because your friends want you to be someone else. Be yourself instead.
51. Have Fun
Always remember life is meant to be enjoyed. Have fun and learn to do things you enjoy, because if you enjoy them you will learn from them.
52. Observe The World
Look at the world around you. Wonder why things happen the way they do.
53. Don’t Wear a Uniform
If you don’t have to wear a uniform don’t. Let your inner creativeness decide how to dress you instead.
54. Take Risks
Take risks and come up with ideas that sound crazy. If you sound crazy to others you might just be on the right track to solving problems they couldn’t.
55. Focus On The Positives
Regardless of what happens in life look for the positives and focus on finding the positives in every situation.
56. Do What Is Hard
If it was easy you wouldn’t need to be creative to figure it out. Challenge your creativity by tackling on hard problems.
57. Change Up Your Meals
Don’t always eat the same thing and don’t always have your meal at the same time. Mix it up a bit.
58. Have Different Colored Plates
Not everything needs to match. Sometimes it is better when they don’t.
59. Dress Outrageously
I once heard of a couple who dresses like superheros when they leave the house. While you don’t have to go that far, you can mix it up a bit and wear something that expresses yourself.
60. Eat Healthy
Don’t forget to give your brain the right nutrients to perform at its best.
61. Take Responsibility
Take responsibility for everything that happens and look for ways to improve it.
62. Help Others Work Out Problems
Help others come up with solutions to their problems.
63. Decide What You Want That Look For Ways To Do It
Take some time to think about what you want out of life. Don’t think realistically, think big. After that think of creative (legal) things you can do to help you reach your goal.
64. Be Spontaneous
Don’t plan everything to a tee. Have time to just be spontaneous and do new things as they emerge.
65. Play With A Rubik’s Cube
Rubik’s cubes are fun to play with and they help you to think in new ways to solve complex problems.
66. Make A Time Capsule
Think about what the people in the future might find fascinating about today and put that in a time capsule.
67. Think About The Future Of Man
Think about where man is heading and what the world will look like in 50, 100, 1000 years from now. Think as outside of the box as you can.
68. Think About Your Future
Think about what your future will look like and think about what creative things you can do now to change your future.
Drawing can give you a burst of creativity because it allows you to focus on specific details.
70. Write With Your Left Hand
Did you know, if you can sign your name from left to right with your right hand you should be able to sign your name from right to left with your left hand.
Dance not only helps you to learn something new, but it also gets your heart beating and pumps oxygen to your brain.
72. Play Scrabble
Who doesn’t like to play Scrabble? Not only is it fun but it forces you to be creative and see new solutions.
73. Play Monopoly
Monopoly is a classic, It takes strategy, bargaining, and a whole lot of creativity to win.
74. Take a Different Path Than The Crowd
Just because everybody else is doing one thing doesn’t mean you have to. There are plenty of other paths along the road.
75. Talk With A Kid
Kids have a build in curiosity about the world. Talking to one will help you to reconnect with your own curious mind and get you to start asking questions.
76. Speak Your Mind
Say what you want to say about a subject. If you get shot down and shown that you are wrong at least you know that you were wrong and you can look for other solutions.
77. Be Weird
Do things that may seem weird to others because it lets you think in a new way.
78. Don’t Bother Feeling Sorry For Yourself
Don’t bother feeling sorry for yourself and who you are. Instead learn from everything that happens and think of creative solutions.
79. Do A Puzzle
Puzzles help challenge your mind and get you thinking.
80. Have A Creative Hobby
Take up something that seems creative to you.
Take a piece of paper and brainstorm different ideas. Take those ideas and branch off of them. Write down any idea that comes to your mind, you can always go back to pick out the good ones later on.
82. Try Something On Your Own
Is there something you have never been able to do without help? If there is, try doing it yourself and see what happens.
83. Meet Creative People
Creativity is like a virus, creative people help others think of new ideas and bounce back even crazier ideas.
84. Visit A Museum
Museums are filled with creations from around the world and from different times. Take a look at what others have done and branch your ideas off of them.
85. Eat Differently
Try something you have never eaten before.
86. Listen to Both Sides Of The Story
The failure of politics comes from two parities not listening to each other. Take some time to listen to both sides of the argument before making up your mind.
87. Find Neutral Information
A lot of the information we read is written by people who have a bias one way or the other. Look for neutral information sources and create your own opinions.
88. Imagine What If
What would your life be like if you married one of your exs? What would the world be like if aliens invaded?
89. Redesign History
What if the Roman Empire never fell or if the Chinese colonized America? Think about how history would have been different in different situations.
90. Don’t Assume Yours Is Better
Don’t assume your ideas, cities, car, etc, is better than another person’s. Think about it from their point of view.
91. Look At The Clouds And See Images
What images do you see in the clouds? Look hard!
92. Look At What Ideas You’ve Came Up With Already And Expand
Look at the ideas you have thought of before and think of ways to expand them to create more ideas.
93. Look At What Ideas You’ve Came Up With And Oppose Them
Take the opposite point of view than you have taken before. Are there ways it can have some truth to it as well.
94. Try To Prove A False Belief
Take something you know is true and try to disprove it. Logically this shouldn’t work, but it will get your mind looking for new paths.
95. Try to Disprove Your Own Belief
This is similar to 94 with one exception, your belief might actually be wrong.
96. Create Interesting Conversations
New ideas excite me, but even when you can’t talk about new ideas at least make conversation fun. Don’t ask generic questions like, “how’s it going?” or “What have you been up to?” Instead be creative and ask questions like, “If you could have a radio show with 5 sound bites what would they be and why?”
97. Get Inspired
Get inspired by others, your inspiration may even lead to new ideas.
98. Take Up Quantum Physics
Nothing makes you think outside of the box like quantum physics.
99. Talk To Others About Strange Ideas
Others may have strange ideas, talk to them about it. If they don’t have strange ideas, be the one bringing them up.
100. Create A Chart
The chart may let you see information in a whole new way and give you more room for ideas.
101. Make A List
When all else fails make a list around a specific topic and use that list to come up with ideas.
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