“To stimulate creativity, one must develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition.”
That’s one way, and of course there are many others. If you’re stuck in a rut with a brain on temporary hold refusing to come up with an original thought, here are a few simple ideas to get it fizzing and popping back into action:
Change the scenery– it is tiring and boring sitting at the same desk in the same office day in and day out. So plan an escape every now and again. This could be moving over to a sofa to work, or taking your laptop and sitting in a coffee house. You could even rearrange the office furniture. A change of scenery is refreshing and stimulating.
Listen to music – there’s plenty of research and a mountain range of anecdotal evidence to back this one up. Put on some classical tunes or instrumentals as a singer’s words will get in the way. With just the music your imagination is free to wander in any direction.
Look at pictures of the natural world – seascapes, mountains, hills, valleys, and rainforests are full of intriguing stimuli that can remove barriers to creative thought. Better still, if you live near the countryside, beach or a park, go for a walk.
Extend your reading – buy magazines and journals that cover genres and fields that have nothing to do with your line of work or personal interests. Having access to new sources of information can help promote creative thinking and idea generation.
Play with toys – and/or puzzles. Not only are they a fun escape, but they activate parts of the brain that are needed for creativity.