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20 Little Things That Will Help Boost Your Creativity

Creativity is just intelligence having fun! Flex your creative muscles and boost your brain power with these handy tips.

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1. Set yourself some constraints.

Contrary to what you may think, too much freedom to think can hinder creativity. Try giving yourself less time, fewer words, and think smaller!
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Contrary to what you may think, too much freedom to think can hinder creativity. Try giving yourself less time, fewer words, and think smaller!

2. Have a change of scenery.

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The old adage of "clearing your head" is old for a reason. Stepping away from the computer for a quick walk gives your senses fresh stimulation: new sights, smells, and sounds that could spark something useful.

3. Weed out the clones...

Surrounding yourself with like-minded people may make for some agreeable conversations, but it's unlikely to make for a creative environment.
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Surrounding yourself with like-minded people may make for some agreeable conversations, but it's unlikely to make for a creative environment.

4. ...and seek out those who think differently.

Yes, you might find them a bit weird, but the most successful creatives thrive on finding alternative points of view.
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Yes, you might find them a bit weird, but the most successful creatives thrive on finding alternative points of view.

5. Embrace being completely and utterly wrong.

Like, get over yourself, yeah? Rejection forces us to get creative and try to find a new solution. As they say, there's no such thing as a bad idea.
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Like, get over yourself, yeah? Rejection forces us to get creative and try to find a new solution. As they say, there's no such thing as a bad idea.

6. Exercise.

Exercise can help deal with stress, clear your mind, and release endorphins, which give you that feel-good feeling needed to retackle a problem.
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Exercise can help deal with stress, clear your mind, and release endorphins, which give you that feel-good feeling needed to retackle a problem.

7. Philosophise.

Employ a little counterfactual thinking, and ask yourself what might have been. Exploring what-if scenarios can be a useful tool towards creative problem solving.
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Employ a little counterfactual thinking, and ask yourself what might have been. Exploring what-if scenarios can be a useful tool towards creative problem solving.

8. Reconceptualise!

In other words, take a new angle. Researchers found that a key trait of creative people is that they spend more time analysing the problem before they begin to tackle it. When next faced with a tricky question, try asking yourself "what's the real issue here?"
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In other words, take a new angle. Researchers found that a key trait of creative people is that they spend more time analysing the problem before they begin to tackle it. When next faced with a tricky question, try asking yourself "what's the real issue here?"

9. Tell fear to take a hike.

New experiences give us new perspectives. Whether it be fear of failure, fear of judgment, fear of heights, or fear of just about anything – facing them forces us to challenge our preconceptions. And proving ourselves wrong once can make ourselves think differently about a whole raft of new things.
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New experiences give us new perspectives. Whether it be fear of failure, fear of judgment, fear of heights, or fear of just about anything – facing them forces us to challenge our preconceptions. And proving ourselves wrong once can make ourselves think differently about a whole raft of new things.

10. Start writing things down more often.

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Even if an idea seems nonsignificant, by committing it to paper you're creating space in your head for brand new ideas. It also helps stop you from forgetting an idea and rethinking it a week later...

11. Embrace the weirdness.

Surrealism or absurdist art concepts can provide a surprising source of inspiration. Researchers concluded surrealism can give our brains a kickstart, as it valiantly tries to process something that simply ignores conventional logic.
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Surrealism or absurdist art concepts can provide a surprising source of inspiration. Researchers concluded surrealism can give our brains a kickstart, as it valiantly tries to process something that simply ignores conventional logic.

12. Take a trip away with the fairies.

Research shows that daydreaming is more effective the longer you have spent on a problem. So put the hours in, then take a well-earned stare into space.
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Research shows that daydreaming is more effective the longer you have spent on a problem. So put the hours in, then take a well-earned stare into space.

13. Jam to some Mozart.

Einstein credits listening to Mozart with fuelling his creativity, and studies have since shown that 10 minutes of Mozart can help the brain function better.
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Einstein credits listening to Mozart with fuelling his creativity, and studies have since shown that 10 minutes of Mozart can help the brain function better.

14. Take an improv comedy class.

A terrifying thought for many, but improvisation exercises can supercharge your ideation skills. By being challenged to react without hesitation, your brain is forced to turn off its filters. It can actually be pretty liberating!
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A terrifying thought for many, but improvisation exercises can supercharge your ideation skills. By being challenged to react without hesitation, your brain is forced to turn off its filters. It can actually be pretty liberating!

15. Munch some blueberries.

Blueberries are the original brain food. Did you know a bowl a day can boost memory and concentration for up to five hours?
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Blueberries are the original brain food. Did you know a bowl a day can boost memory and concentration for up to five hours?

16. Find somewhere to relax and put your feet up.

Sure it doesn't feel productive, but stress isn't going to get you far. The more relaxed you are, the more likely ideas are to flow freely. If you feel like you're hitting a wall, take a quick break to reset your mind and ready yourself to tackle the problem afresh.
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Sure it doesn't feel productive, but stress isn't going to get you far. The more relaxed you are, the more likely ideas are to flow freely. If you feel like you're hitting a wall, take a quick break to reset your mind and ready yourself to tackle the problem afresh.

17. Kill your darlings.

Less ominous than it sounds, it simply means don't become too attached to certain ideas. Be willing to throw anything out, even your favourites.
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Less ominous than it sounds, it simply means don't become too attached to certain ideas. Be willing to throw anything out, even your favourites.

18. Take some puzzling decisions.

Crosswords, sudokus, wordsearches – all of these get your mind muscles going by thinking up different approaches to find a solution. (And my god, that feeling when you fully complete a crossword...)
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Crosswords, sudokus, wordsearches – all of these get your mind muscles going by thinking up different approaches to find a solution.

(And my god, that feeling when you fully complete a crossword...)

19. Failing all that...get drunk.

Believe it or not, recent studies show that there is a link between creativity and alcohol. While concentrating too hard can restrict creative faculties, alcohol can have the opposite effect and relax us, as well as making us more imaginative – both conducive to problem solving. But of course, keep it real. There's nothing inspirational about crying over the toilet.
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Believe it or not, recent studies show that there is a link between creativity and alcohol. While concentrating too hard can restrict creative faculties, alcohol can have the opposite effect and relax us, as well as making us more imaginative – both conducive to problem solving. But of course, keep it real. There's nothing inspirational about crying over the toilet.

20. Then have some well-earned sleep.

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Sometimes, it's best just to sleep on it. Try focusing on a question or saying it out loud just before you switch the lights off, and plant the seed before you head to dreamland.

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