Like ideas, ideas and creativity can be found anywhere and while ideas are everywhere, if you’re like me, you sometimes feel stuck for inspiration. You know what I mean – it’s that ‘my mind is numb’ feeling.
That’s when it’s time to break out of your own rut. It’s doing something different or differently that tends to help your minds open up to new ideas.
Here are five things I’ve found help:
- Go to a museum you normally wouldn’t go to. If you don’t think you like modern art, or don’t know much about it, spend a couple of hours in a museum for modern art. Or a folk museum or a museum for kids… anything you’re not used to looking at.
- Find a different route to someplace you go to regularly. Don’t take the shortest route or the roads you’re most familiar with. Deliberately find a much longer way to get there, or if it’s close enough walk instead of drive, or take a bike, unless that’s what you usually do.
- Shop in a new-to-you store. I like to do this with ethnic food stores. I always feel slightly lost and see and experience things I’m not familiar with – which is the point.
- In a similar vein, if you’ve got ethnic restaurants nearby eat something you’ve never eaten before. This can work even in the most American restaurants.
- Turn your day around. If you normally start writing early, start late; if you love writing late at night, get up early and write for a day or two. This isn’t forever, just long enough to stir things up.
There’s nothing magic here, not really. It’s about shaking things up, getting refreshed, even taking a break.
My father used to say “a rut is a grave with both ends kicked out.” So kick out those ends and try something new. I’ll bet it you do the ideas and creativity starts flowing again.
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