Here in Brisbane the sun is shining, the sky has taken to wearing blue and I thought it time for a little spring clean. Let’s throw open the windows and do a little creativity blitz, shall we?
“The hardest thing to do is see what is right in front of your eyes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Here’s a 1 minute hit list to flush out the cobwebs.
1. cultivate creative innocence:
As a mum, I’m always exposed to the fresh thinking of my children. Seeing the world from their perspective is a great lesson in creative innocence. Give yourself permission to be playful, stupid, naive, curious, contrary. Practice seeing the world for the first time, every day.
2. shake up your perspective:
It’s time to question not just what you see, but how you are seeing it. Can you shift your perspective to see your situation from a different angle? Like those famous silhouette pictures, are you seeing the faces or the vase?
Assumptions kill creativity. What are you assuming that just ain’t necessarily so? Ask “What if?” and question everything you can. You’ll be surprised at what you assumed to be true. What if you start loving your day job because it gives you a schedule for your creative work? What if you stop focusing on the game and just change the rules instead?
4. prime your mind:
Often we don’t see what’s right in front of us until we’re primed for it. So enjoy some quiet time every day to program your subconscious to keep its eyes peeled – for connections, signs, hints and inspiration.
5. steal with intent to innovate:
No one is truly original. Creativity is as much about reinventing or re-purposing the great ideas of others as it is being unique. This is not a free pass to plagiarism – but a reminder that great creativity demands exposure to the great creativity of others. Expose your mind to the art of others constantly – their great ideas can be the lighted match for yours.
6. limitations help:
Give yourself fewer choices can be strangely rewarding. Like a picture needs a frame and a composition needs bar lines, throw in a few limitations deliberately and see what happens. Can you write it in fewer words? Use only 2 colours? Do it in an hour?
A little light recommended reading:
Did You Spot The Gorilla?, Richard Wiseman
Lateral Thinking, Edward de Bono
Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon