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Handy Visual Featuring 20+ Ways to Stimulate Creativity

March 13, 2014
I just came across this handy graphic on creativity and want you to have a look as well. The visual features a variety of ways and techniques that can inspire your creativity and drive you to act creatively.These ideas seem simple and common sensical but are often overlooked. You can share them with your students and try them with your kids, just remember whatever method you use, you need to be consistent and repeat it everyday. Habituation is a key element in the creative process.

Here is a round-up of the ideas included in the visual below:

  • Remind yourself, “I am a creative person”
  • Play
  • Go for a walk
  • Move your eyes
  • Take breaks and enjoy yourself
  • Congratulate yourself when you do something well
  • Estimate time, distance, and currency exchanges
  • Take a route that is new to you
  • Look for images in mosaics, patterns, textures, and clouds
  • Try something you’ve never done before
  • Do a creative exercise
  • Start a collection
  • Watch a Sci-Fi or Fantasy film
  • Change the way you do “routine” tasks
  • Use a color you don’t like
  • Think about how they invented the equipment you use
  • Make a list of ten things you think are impossible, and find one way that each might be possible
  • For every bad thing that happens, remind yourself of three good things that have happened
  • Read something new
  • Make friends with people on the other side of the world
  • Connect a sport with your work
  • When you have a new idea, make note of it. Check back later to see if you made it happen
  • Try a food that you’ve never tried before
  • Talk to parents and grandparents and listen to their stories
  • Give an incorrect answer to a question
  • Find links between people, things, ideas, or facts
  • Ask children how to do something and observe their creativity