How to Improve your Creativity
- Learn through collaboration:
Curiosity might kill the cat, but will definitely not kill you. While it might be argued that creativity is sometimes an unpredictable flash of genius, it can also be more creative and innovative systematically. Bill Gates programmed for more than ten years under the guidance of senior programmers before he created Microsoft. Hang around those you know are creative in their craft and learn. When you have enough inputs, ideas will flow as well.
- Do something you love:
Love and creativity are intertwined. Einstein was sometimes so engrossed in his work he forgot to eat, simply because he loved what he was doing. This made him creative in his field.
- Find Inspiration from other industries:
You should always watch your competitors closely but do not copy them (unless you want to improve on what they have). But you should always be ahead. Find out what leaders from other industries are doing to stay ahead and draw inspiration.
- Do nothing:
Sometimes your ideas are waiting for you to relax before they jump into your brain, so racking that poor, grey matter in your head might not help. Sometimes you need to unplug and just do nothing.
- Get in the right mood:
Only you can know exactly what puts you in the mood. It might be music, it might be complete silence, it might even be taking a walk. When that mood comes, the creativity will flow.
- Ask for advice or feedback:
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Sometimes you are way too close to the problem to actually spot a solution. Ask for help and advice from friends, peers, and people from your personal network that you trust and respect. Every person has a unique skill set, experience, and knowledge. A fresh outside perspective, or three, or five, may be just what you need. Even if you don’t use their advice, it may spark some new, creative thinking that will get you where you need to go.