“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
— Albert Einstein
We’ve all been there. It’s time to buckle down and spark some creative thoughts for work or a class project – only nothing is coming to mind. Suddenly an hour has gone by and your word document is staring blankly back at you and the only accomplishment you’ve achieved is scrolling through your stale Instagram feed ten times. Well, that’s no good, but fear not! Whether you need to garner creativity for a board meeting or simply your Halloween costume idea that you’ve put off until the last minute, these are 5 tips you can use to spark creativity:
1. Go for a drive.
Changing your scenery can do wonders for switching up your thought process. For some, simply moving to a new working space is helpful. But if that’s not cutting it, take a drive to your local park or a beach if one is closeby (even if it’s chilly!).
2. Try the ‘Morning Pages’ technique.
Artist and author Julia Cameron suggests writing three full pages of anything at all that comes to mind as soon as you wake up in the morning as a way to keep the mind’s creativity rolling. The content within the pages will be simply a stream of consciousness, so you don’t even need to put any thought into it. She notes that this technique opens up the mind.
3. Take a yoga/ meditation break.
In order to create new ideas, it’s important to rid your mind of the clutter of older ones. If your mind is a blank slate, it will be easier for creative thoughts to make their way in. What better way is there to quiet your mind than by taking some time to do yoga or meditate? (Hint: there isn’t one).
4. Create a vision board.
A vision board is exactly what it sounds like. Grab a big piece of cardboard and go to town pinning various thoughts and images on it. You can include anything from quotes that resonate with you to images of places that you hold dear. As long as the items represent goals for you in some way, they will help inspire creativity. The more often you look at your board, the more these goals will be sewn into your subconscious.
5. Put on some music and dance.
We’re not kidding. Listening to music alone is a great way to get the creative juices flowing. But pairing it with a random dance break is even better. It’ll change up your mood and get your blood moving.
Get Creative with Others
Conscious Good has launched The Creators Network which is literally a place for creative people to come together and share their ideas. You can chat with other inspiring individuals about your creativity struggles and help them with theirs.
Plus, The Creators Network is the first place to get notifications on things like Conscious Good job postings and other fun stuff.
Sign up today to put an end to that creativity block of yours. 🙂
Spark Creativity at the Ojai Film Festival
The Ojai Film Festival consists of more than 80 films, various special events, celebrity honorees, and more! It will take place November 2nd through the 12th and Conscious Good has partnered with the festival to get our followers a special discount! You can purchase a set of six tickets (which would normally cost $65) for $50. Just click here and enter in the password: OFF2017. Oh, and post festival, we’ll stream a selection of shorts from the Ojai Film Festival on consciousgood.com. You’re welcome. 😉