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How to be more creative (Inspired by the You The Designer Infographic)

We can never get enough of these tips – staying creative, like anything worth having in your life, needs to be worked on every day, and you should make it a priority to keep going – stay creative, stay motivated, stay inspired, and you will stay on your creative path.

We came across this amazing infographic this week, which was featured on http://www.youthedesigner.com/ – you can see the full infographic here – How To Be More Creative

Here’s what really inspired us:

1. Gather raw materials and don’t think…

Having a Pinterest account, and a long list of “favourited web links” is great, but nothing beats physical inspiration – gather magazine clippings, make a vision board, write your ideas/goals/visions down, and doodle (doodle like crazy!).

What stops most of us from letting creativity flow is over-thinking an idea (or over-thinking the idea that we now need to come up with something awesome) – don’t think, just do. Wether it’s free-writing, free-drawing, talking to yourself, reading, or just meditating; try and switch your brain off and let it come to you organically.

2. Go outside, and get specific…

Step out of your home or office and take a walk, sit in a park or by the beach, take a long drive, or sit in your garden – the idea is to let your mind wonder – give it an opportunity to escape from your day-to-day thinking and being.

Get specific about what you want to achieve – do you want to write something new, create a new art piece, or have a different business strategy? Think about what you want in terms of creativity, and then STOP thinking…

3. The Lotus Blossom Technique

We like this (for obvious reasons – NOTE: we did not come up with this) – similar to a mind-map, this technique was originally developed by Yasuo Matsumura – for a great tutorial, just click here.

4. The Six Thinking Hats

Red, blue, yellow, green, black, and white – these hats represent different types of thinking from emotional and rational to judgmental and constructive – check out the original infographic for more details – it was great to be reminded of these, as it is easy to fall into a pattern of only using one type of thinking process.

If you liked this post and the infographic, please share it with your friends, and let’s get everyone creating!

 

 

 

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