Kickstart Your Creative Flow
10 steps to get unstuck creatively and let your ideas out into the world.
The creative process is fickle. Some days the ideas tumble out easily. Other times you are stuck scratching your head. Here are 10 ways to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Dig in
Take the first step. A new project can be intimidating but start with something—anything. And write it down. Get through the bad ideas and the good ones will show up…eventually.
2. Step away
Exercise, clean your office, take a nap. Allow your brain to wander after you’ve put a little work in. It can do some amazing things while you’re not looking.
3. Focus on the details
If the project is overwhelming you, focus on one detail. Maybe it is the color palette or a specific headline. While you are getting that one part of the project done the big ideas will have a framework.
4. Focus on the big picture
Think about the big problem you’re trying to solve. Go for volume here and come up with as many solutions as possible. Don’t worry about what is realistic or how the details work yet.
5. Blare the music
And sing along. Throw in a dance move or two for good measure.
6. Write a list of words
List out all the words you can think of that have to do with your project. Make your list freeform on the page, not linear so you can make connections that you hadn’t thought of before.
7. Draw a set of images
What are all the types of images you can think of that have to do with your project? Real or imaginary. Draw them. See how they connect. If you can’t draw, pull images from the internet to jog some ideas.
8. Have a snack
You’ve been working hard. You deserve it. Plus, nourishing your body supports your brain health.
9. Look at stuff
Leaf through a magazine, walk through a museum, or watch a bunch of videos. Get inspired by beauty, or comedy, or passion.
10. Start over
If you haven’t come up with anything brilliant yet, start at the top and go through these steps again (or go in reverse order). That great flow of ideas is out there, you may just need to get it started.