1. Read more stuff
Magazines, books, blogs, food labels… it doesn’t really matter — just read. The more you know the more you have to be creative with.
2. Listen to Music
The type of music you listen to can help you generate different types of ideas. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the IQ level jumps while listening to classical music.Â If you don’t like classical music, (which I did not for along time) get over it. It actually increases your brain power.
3. Listen to great speakers
Listen to great speakers speak. Don’t just listen watch as well. How did they deliver the message? How did they capture the audience’s attention? What kind of stories did they use and why?
4. Read quotes
Quotes from people generally capture a spark of an idea in a sentence or two. Here is a link to a site containing a lot of different kinds of quotes. Brainy Quotes
5. Turn Off the Television
I have never heard anyone yell, “I got it” while watching a sitcom. Television dulls the imagination rather than sharpening it.
6. Play games
Word games such as crossword puzzles or Scrabble, or strategy games like risk, chess or checkers are great ways to get the mental gears lubricated.
7. Study History
What have problems have people faced in the past? How did they solve them? They did not have the resources you have. Even kings could not dream of doing the things you are capable of doing. They way they solved a problem may help you identify a unique solution for a problem you are facing.
8. Express yourself — journal, sketch, paint
It does not have to be an artistic master pieces just do it. Express both your thoughts and your feelings.Â The spark of an ideas you capture today may become a bonfireÂ of an idea tomorrow.Â They say a person has over 60,000 thoughts per day. Don’t let them get away.
9. Pay attention
Most of your creativity will be the result of being aware of what is happening around you.