7 Creative Habits to Acquire

Do you ever feel like there’s more you could be doing as an artist to expand your mind and broaden your creative horizons? This great blog post from Creative Something has some great tips on what you can do to infuse more spark into your work!

1. Never stop playing

No one promised that picking up a guitar would someday make you filthy rich. You learned to play because you wanted to, or you wouldn’t have kept at it all these years. The same goes for any creative tool: a paintbrush, your dancing shoes, et cetera. Even when you’re stressed or frustrated, take a moment to reflect on the fun you can have with it.

Creativity is fickle in that it likes to hit when you’re not expecting it. Even if you only have ten minutes to spare in a day, let yourself have some creative fun that isn’t necessarily related to a project you’re currently looking to complete. Never underestimate the power of a few quick minutes of crayon scribbling! Too often we get wrapped up in the intricate details of life and forget to play the way we did when we were children.

Taking time to be creative in a fun way will help spark your creativity more frequently and make your ideas more impacting.

2. Let your mind wander

Don’t be afraid to come up with offbeat, random ideas. Sometimes unconventionality is just what people crave and they need you to show it to them. Sure, no one really knew what to expect the first time they saw Pulp Fiction, but that’s what made it stand out.

When we focus on just one thing, we’re limiting our brains. Don’t worry so much about generating new ideas for one specific task.

3. Just do it

Don’t put things off or promise to start it after you finish a particular project. Of course it’s important to finish things rather than have a dozen abandoned projects on your plate, but creativity is most useful when it’s fresh. It’s only by throwing yourself into a great idea with everything you’ve got that you can realize its full potential. Run with an idea as far as you can go before putting it on the back burner, and revisit it frequently when you can. Don’t stop to think about other projects that are similar to your idea.

4. Map out your ideas

While writing down your ideas is useful for remembering what your mind may forget, an idea map will help you train your brain to distinguish a good idea from a bad one – quickly. It will also help you realize what will work and what won’t.

5. Challenge yourself every week

If you were to think of your creativity as a knife, that knife would get dull without having problems to solve over time. So provide it with plenty of problems to solve! No one’s life is perfect, and surely yours has room for a some creative solutions. Think of a relevant problem (it’s hard to multitask cooking dinner and keep tabs on the laundry at the same time) and devise a creative solution for it every week. It’s like solving two problems in one shot.

This may seem irrelevant, but you’ll find that your creativity will be extra responsive when you need it for artistic purposes.

6. Celebrate your accomplishments

Even the smallest of victories deserve recognition. Adopting the habit of celebration will increase your determination in getting through rough patches.

7. Seek out new creative habits

There’s no right or wrong way to brainstorm, just as there’s not just one way to brainstorm. Be active in trying out new things. Be open-minded, take tips from other creative professionals, and pick up the methods that work for you. In focusing on your creativity you automatically improve it. Be assured that trying to expand your creativity will not hinder it.

These collective tips should help you learn to embrace every creative idea that comes to you and work it up to its full potential.

Remember that there are no limits aside from the ones you set for yourself! The world needs people who see things that don’t exist yet. For an extra boost of inspiration, here’s a must-see 45 second video clip from the late Steve Jobs on the importance of creativity and breaking boundaries.

What are your best creative habits and how did you develop them?