Creativity is something that needs free-thinking; otherwise, there is an overburden of pressure to handle. Deadlines can affect your creativity too. They tend to create a process of, “get the goals completed” and then keep the ideas for next time. Creating is hard I know, as I have had to make my software and business with just myself.
It started as a hobby to learn coding, but then grew a bit more. One thing I did early was to get more people involved as much as possible with the design. Those people were my users and such-like. They are very important and help you in being more creative. They see things in a different light. As for me, software titles have changed and so do other people’s requests. Keeping users on board has always helped.
1. Get some sleep
Being tired will not help you. You need to use your brain, so make sure its in good shape.
2. Failure can happen
Accept it and move on and don’t be negative. Once you see the chance of failure, you fear the result of failure and so your actions are hindered.
3. Identify the problems
Know where there are situations and whats going on. Look at things logically, not emotionally.
4. Be the novice
Don’t put pressure on yourself to perform. Looking at something with fresh eyes can show you different aspects
5. Reward yourself
Give yourself breaks. Don’t try to work to a deadline that makes you hate what you are doing, as it will show in your results.
6. Think simple
Work to small targets and keep it super simple.
7. Look for inspiration
You are in need of help, so go and find some. Break your mind-flow.
8. Think outside of the box
A box is rigid but your thinking doesn’t have to be.
Complete tasks that can be done reasonably quickly, to improve confidence.
Just kidding. Listen to some music, watch some TV for 30 minutes or get some food. If it’s not working for you, then you have to change, so move, go outside for a while.
11. Eat healthy
Yes, you need to eat healthy, as long-term effects of fruit and nuts will help more that sugary snacks.
12. Be spontaneous
Get an app on your phone for notes or use memo paper. Ideas can come from anywhere and any time.
13. Be free
Don’t let your demons in your head tell you not to do. If you have something, then write it down. Think about it later.
14. Do some reading
Research online, magazines etc can help you significantly. The information could trigger an idea that you thought might not come to much.
To live outside of the field doesn’t give you experiences from within it.
16. Talk to people who know
You are not alone. Other people may be able to help you.
17. What is your goal?
Be clear on your end result that you need. Without it, you are lost.
18. Mind maps
My favorite, my students not so. Mind maps can show you visually all your current aspects. From there you can move around and see new goals.
Write down anything and everything. There are no wrong answers at this point.
20. Give you time
Create a window in your day to improve your creativity. Build a routine and ritual to strengthen your thoughts.
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