F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Schulz, Joseph Mitchell, Adele, Neil Gaiman. What do all of these people have in common? They have all been afflicted with the devastating condition known as writer’s block. Writer’s block is just one of the many types of blockages that creative people can suffer from. Everybody has had that moment when those creative juices just tap out.
So, what can you do when your proverbial creative well runs dry?
Recently we looked at some interesting and weird suggestions for getting the creative juices flowing. A common thread in several of the ideas is to get away from your “desk.” Exercise has been shown to increase creative output by 60%. Likewise, having a nap has been shown to reinvigorate the mind and boost creativity.
One of the top five sources of inspiration is another one away from the desk: taking a shower. Many people find their best ideas when they allow their brain to take a break. The calm, meditative nature of a bath or shower is the perfect solution.
Getting yourself out of your office and home completely can help. Travel is listed as another of the top five sources of inspiration for increasing creativity. If you travel to somewhere with wilderness, you can kill two birds with one stone, as researchers have found that the color green increases creative thinking.
If you’re trying to convince your boss that a lunchtime mimosa is a good idea, getting that creativity going may be just the excuse you need. A drink (don’t want to overdo it) can improve problem solving and lead to sudden insights.
As with many things in life, bouncing ideas off of another person can help the creative process. Another pair of eyes can add a fresh perspective to mix, building on existing brainstorming and contributing a different take on the situation.
A great place where ideas can live is the IdeaScale community. Check off several weird ways with that one! Sign up for an IdeaScale account to start sharing your ideas and helping them grow.