Whether it is for a work-related project, for school, or for yourself, there are points in life where you really have to be creative. For some, creativity is a natural thing. Set your mind to it and soon enough something creative happens, but for some creativity isn’t a natural process. We all work in different ways so it is different for every person. But no matter your own makeup and thought process sometimes being creative is asked of you, whether you want to or not. So here are some ideas that will hopefully improve your creative output no matter what media you are working with.
Think about what you are doing
I know it sounds simple enough but really, think about what you are doing and what are you trying to accomplish. Even for just a little bit, give it some thought and maybe thinking it over an idea may come to you. If you are tasked with creating a project for school, work, or whatever, give it some thought beforehand about how you want things structured within it. Sometimes a change in the order of things can be a big help. If it is something more artistic, think how the message you are trying to get across can be carried. Before starting anything give it some thought and sometimes the ideas just create themselves.
Find your mental center
There are times where this isn’t always an option but know what kind of environment around you gets the best out of you. If you have a lot of distractions that are keeping you focused on what you want to accomplish, do what you can to get that stuff out of your way, physically, mentally, or both. Some people work better in a chaotic environment, some don’t. Find out what works for you. Once you know what you are doing, you have to make yourself mentally ready to get there. Sometimes it’s not that hard, but there are going to be times where you have to have things just right to be able to get things going. Listening to music, watching TV or Youtube, or sometimes dead silence. Whatever is your comfortable place to make sure your mind is where it should be to get things done.
The area around you
This is another one of those things you may not be able to control, but if you can, do it. Finding your mental place of concentration is a big step, but sometimes you need to be in an environment that goes along with that. You have to be in a certain place to get the most out of you. Be it sitting in your room, locked away in a private place (just as long as you can get out later!) or even in the bathroom on the throne. Even if you can’t always be able to make it happen at the exact moment you need it, still know the best places to be to get your thought process going.
Don’t be afraid of screwing up
Sometimes things just don’t work out as they did when you mentally pictured them. Don’t be afraid of that and having to start something over or change what you have. Sometimes worrying that what you have already isn’t good enough keeps you from getting something better out of you. Give your own ideas a try and if you have to change something or even if you have to start over, it will be okay. Knowing that you will get the solution eventually, even if there is a lot of trial and error, is a comforting thought and can keep you motivated even when things aren’t going so well right at the moment.
Know when to take a step back
Again, one of those things you are not always afforded, but if you can and you need it, take yourself out the bind you are in. I can attest to this as sometimes you just get yourself into a certain thought process and you start limiting yourself. If you are able to, step back and clear your head. Come back later with some different thinking. Sometimes a change of mental pace can bring in a new idea or a new way of doing something.
There are a lot of ways to tackle a creative problem in life, but the first step is really knowing you and what brings out the best out of you before anything. So go out there and be creative!