36 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity For Free | Greatist
Some of them, I already knew about and use. However, others seem very interesting, and I will definitely try. Such as this one:
Rethink labels. Pick an object and break it into parts. (So a flower becomes stick, leaves, and petals.) It’s called the “generic-parts technique” and people trained to think this way were better at solving problems through creative insight than people who weren’t given the training.
I guess keeping booze in the office back in the day, especially at advertising firms or at media publishing places wasn't such a bad idea:
Have some booze. In one study, participants who knocked back an average of three drinks were more creative than people who didn’t drink at all . That’s possibly because a little alcohol lets us think more broadly, finding connections between unrelated ideas. But hey, keep it classy: There’s nothing creative about a pile of vomit.
I have an additional tip that I used back in college, which I have to revive. Yes, it would sometimes get me some weird looks but it really helped.
I would pull out a box of Crayola crayons and a coloring book and I would color some pictures. However, instead of making things the colors they "should be" I would color them different colors. For example, instead of a yellow sun make it purple, orange, blue, and red. (why does the sun have to be only one color?)
As a side note, I think parents do their children a real disservice when they question their kids as to why they colored something different than the "way it should be" in a picture. It's bad enough school, college, and work will drain all the creativeness and non-conformity out of most kids. As a parent fight that instinct.
Do you have any suggestions to share of methods you use to help boost creativity?