Don’t you hate it when you encounter spontaneous inspiration by something or someone but you forget the idea later or it’s not as innovative as it was initially? In the world of business and marketing, it’s pretty easy to run into writer’s block or develop a brain freeze when trying to focus. Whether you’re trying to conjure up creative marketing business campaign strategies or trying to clear your mind so you can tackle your reporting routine, there are plenty of ways to ignite that creative spark and effective thought process. Well, I’ve outlined 10 essential and effective tips that have helped inspire my own creativity and have also helped me keep track of my creative efforts.
1. Record your ideas. It’s always beneficial to have a pen and paper on hand for those lightbulb moments. Or even better, browse your mobile device for notepad like apps to record and organize your thoughts.
2. If you dream it, you can conceive it. Daydream, doodle, ask questions, etc. All of these techniques will get your creative thought process going and will eventually manifest into reality.
3. Do not focus on the competition…excessively. Pay attention to what your competitors are doing just enough so that you stay in the loop on what is and isn’t effective. But don’t obsess over their approach otherwise you can’t stick to your own identity.
4. Brainstorm ideas with people you trust with your ideas and who know you well enough to give you genuine input.
5. Eat Healthy food. It’s proven that the fresh highly energetic food can enable better energy flow, therefore happy and creative mood.
6. Sleep on it. Sleep is a great aid in the thought process. Taking a power nap can refuel your brain and generate more room for your creative objectives.
7. Listen to music. I’ve found that classical and jazz music soothes my brain and sparks creative energy.
8. Exercise. This is a great way to clear your mind so that ideas will have room to pour in and out…of course once you get your mind off the pain in your body.
9. Walk away. When you run into writer’s block or hit a creative wall, sometimes you should just stop, walk away, and then come back to what you’re doing. Sometimes when you’re focusing so much for such a long period of time, your brain can hit a roadblock. Give it a break and it will come back to you.
10. Love what you do. Have a passion for what you do and trust yourself. Confidence is a significant trait to have when you’re really trying to put things in full gear.