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7 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

By Jul 23, 2014 38 Comments

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It’s time to sit down and write the next article, the next post, or the next chapter of your book, but try as you might you come up short, with nothing but a few dead-end ideas that have been regurgitated one time too many. We’ve all been there, right? If you’re not sure what to do next, then keep reading. We have some ideas to help you boost your creativity.

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7 Ways To Boost Your Creativity

1) Take a walk!

Even if you are not a fan of the great outdoors, hop on a treadmill, or walk purposely around your house or a shopping mall, but get those feet moving! It is a proven scientific fact that motivation happens when the alternate swinging motion of your arms and legs take place. The creative urges buried deep within will begin to emerge once you get moving. Bonus: you’ve done a good deed for your body while doing so.

2) Clean something.

Yes, you read that correctly, clean a room, clean your house, or clean the entire neighborhood while you’re at it! There’s just something about that mindless task that helps engage your mind and jump starts you into creative mode. I have a cleaning business and some of my greatest ideas come when my body is busy doing a mundane task which frees up my mind to think, and that usually leads to creative ideas.

3) Buy yourself flowers.

You don’t have to wait for your significant other to do the deed. It’s okay, go ahead and buy yourself some flowers. If flowers aren’t your thing, then take in another beautiful act of nature. The beauty that surrounds us has a way of inspiring and getting the creative mojo pumping.

4) Turn on some music.

I know a lot of people who have music on AT ALL TIMES. I love music too, but I must admit, I prefer to write in quiet, with just a low hum of noise in the background. The sweetest sound to me are the voices, or activities going on around me with everyday chatter or whatever, coming from those I love and live with.

5) Read, read, and read!

I have gotten a lot of blog posts ideas by reading, whether it be the blog of another, a book, or even a comment on Facebook. Reading is meant to stimulate your mind. Once that happens, then watch those ideas begin to spill over on to paper or your computer screen. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with it all!

6) Talk to a friend.

Pick up the phone (yes, I am aware that no one goes voice to voice these days) but there’s something about chatting live, listening, sharing and laughing that tends to lighten the mood and often puts you in a creative state of mind. Never underestimate the power of a little chat time.

7) Lend a hand.

This is a win/win on many levels. Not only will it get you out of your ME state of mind; thinking, fretting and worrying about what you’re going to write next, but it helps someone in need. There is no greater feeling than knowing that you were used in some small way (or perhaps significant) to lighten the load of someone who may have been carrying a burden much too big for one person to handle. Those feel-good emotions are often instrumental in allowing the creative dam to burst, enabling you to write like you’ve never written before.

I know these things sound too simple and every day to be of much use in boosting the creative ideas that lie dormant inside of you, but oftentimes it truly is the mundane things that are the most profound.

If you find yourself stranded on the island of no ideas, then give a few of these a try. You might be surprised to find the boost you get in being creative from an easy-to-do task.

What are some ways that you boost creativity in your life?

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About laurielyons

Laurie has been a wife for too many years to count. She is the mother of three mostly grown children. Her last year as a homeschooling mom will come to an end in 2014. Life is changing for this entrepreneur turned blogger and author of her first E-book. She often feels like the odd man out in the blogging world because she is in her fifties, but her love of social media and writing keeps her hanging in and always learning. You can find Laurie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog, Beyond My Blue Door, where she writes about life and the many lessons learned along the way. Oh, and she can hardly wait to become a grandma!

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