Is that Blank Screen an Enemy? Here's 36 Surprising Ways to Boost Creativity for Free-Have More?

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I found a useful article about 36 ways to boost creativity:

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 [5]. 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?
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  • Profile picture of the author simplewriting
    I usually practice "theater of mind" for 15 minutes before I start doing any creative writing. I first heard about it from Matt furey back in 2007 and bought his ZLR course.

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    Its a mixture of meditation and visualization. By practicing "theater of mind" for 15 minutes everyday... I went from not being able to string simple sentences to writing full blown articles and even started crafting sales letters for my own products.

    Hands down the most effective self-help course out there.

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  • Profile picture of the author scrofford
    Originally Posted by Jason_V View Post


    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 [5]. 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 used to do telemarketing back in the day and was told stories of guys that were encouraged to bring in their liquor in order to loosen them up on the phone throughout the night. I bet those days were interesting lol!

    I know alcohol can make me more creative at times hahaha!
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Cohen
      Do you have any suggestions to share of methods you use to help boost creativity?
      1. I've noticed that when I take a hot shower, ideas come to me.

      2. Also, if I listen to a marketing or copywriting mp3 while driving, I find myself coming up with new ideas.

      Alex
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  • Profile picture of the author JustinDT
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    I put on headphones and listen to music, usually something with a very deep bass. I'm not sure why but it helps me focus alot better.
    I also disable internet after I load the pages I need.

    Starbucks coffee has also helped a ton haha.
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