Tips to Boost Your Creativity

Are you creative?

If you ask most people if they think they are creative, the answer is usually no. But the truth is everyone can be creative, you just have to be intentional about finding inspiration and documenting it.

Here are a few simple tips to help you get your creativity flowing.

Alter your routine. People tend to get stuck in a rut. It’s hard to come up with new ideas when you see and do the same things day after day. Try taking a different route to work. Buy your coffee somewhere new. Eat different foods. Listen to music you haven’t heard before.  Rearrange your furniture. All of these little things can help perk up your senses.

Document what inspires you. Love the art in your new coffee shop?  Awesome, grab your phone and take a picture. One day in the future, when you’re feeling uninspired all you need to do is flip through your camera roll.

Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Everyone wants to believe that creative people just have an epiphany and poof, their ideas become reality. Truly creative people know ideas have to be developed and refined. It’s in that process that good ideas become great.

PicMonkey-CollageTake a look at Amber’s recent project for her furniture design class. It would be easy to look at her final piece and say “wow, she’s so talented; I wish I could make something like that.” (By the way, I know her and she is crazy talented.) But, her project required hard work and dedication. She had to document her inspiration, refine her ideas, and learn the skills required to bring her idea to life.

Tell us what inspires your creativity!