Whenever I am developing new products/services, thinking about how to change direction in my life, and/or writing…I am not always 100% inspired. Those who know me well might be shocked at this admission. My friends, colleagues, and clients know that I am a go to person for inspiration. But, some days, I do stall out a bit and some days I feel slightly empty. Do I give up? No…. I use some techniques to get my creativity flowing. Here are some of my tried and true ways to get at least 20 new ideas. Here are eleven activites that help get your brain out of a rut. Pick one- or as many as resonate with you- and get started. Action creates energy.
Write non-stop for ten minutes- no prejudging- just whatever comes to mind. When you first try this, you might find it difficult, but it becomes easier with practice. This works even if you are just writing lists, or bullets.
Go to your bookshelf and pull out a random book. Open the book to any page and read that page.
Write down your top five authors and visit their web pages.
Google “disaster relief” and read about how people are helping around the world.
Read something you wrote a year ago…or review a project you completed over a year ago.
Find out the back story to your favorite song.
Look at baby pictures (yours – or anyone’s)
Figure out who the top people are in your field- visit their blogs and comment on them
Take a cold shower…or a hot bath
Listen to music from a different culture
Review your mission or vision statement (or any goals that you have written down previously).
After completing one or more of these activities, take a sheet of paper and write down a list of new ideas that surfaced for you. Strive for at least 20. Then review the list and prioritize. Get started on one new idea for your life or biz…today.
Of course there are many more activities that help us get out of rut and into creative thinking and I would love to hear some of yours.
Sheri Kaye Hoff, MA, CGCL, Life Coach, Author, College Professor