How to Quickly Boost Creativity in 4 Easy Steps

Being more creative means being able to come up with better ideas and better solutions to problems, and all jobs would eventually require it to some extent. This is true especially if you find yourself stuck trying to solve a problem or coming up with a new idea.

Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to get your creative juices back on track. Here they are to get you started:

1. Doodle away.
If you’ve ever seen notebooks or scraps of paper full of doodles, there’s a good chance that the result of those doodles are some great idea or a previously unknown answer to a problem. Doodling is about allowing your pen to move without you thinking, and letting the answer comet to you – a bit like Zen.

2. Listen to music.
Music isn’t just relaxing to listen to or light up certain areas in the brain. For some people, listening to music that they enjoy provides the much-needed “background noise” in order for them to focus on their task. Others will even loop a single song for hours on end.

The key thing to remember is that it has to be music that you enjoy. After all, the last thing you want to be is stuck in a rut while listening to a song you don’t like played on loop.

3. Try something you haven’t before.
Giving your mind the freedom to wander along tangents and other areas that seem completely unrelated will give you surprising results, as this will give you a new perspective on how you see the problem.

Unlike solving analytic problems, creative thinking actually works best at times that you wouldn’t think are optimal. It also helps that you’re doing something you haven’t tried doing before, as this would help to keep your brain on alert at all times as it learns to adapt in order to familiarize a certain situation or scenario.

This could mean taking up a new hobby or two, as this could not only give you a better feeling of excitement, but it could also open up an entirely different opportunity to do something else.

4. Give the problem some time to cook.
The funny twist about getting your pre-frontal cortex to work is that you have to consciously “forget” about it and come back only after a certain amount of time. In fact, you should spend the time doing something else unrelated to the task you’re trying to complete.

This will give the pre-frontal cortex time to comb through the brain as it looks for answers while you actively think of something else. Once you get back to the task at hand, you’ll be able to try a few new things out.

(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)

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