Human beings are creative by nature, right? Perhaps some more than others, but at a basic level, all of us are creative beings. That having been said creativity doesn’t come naturally to everyone, and according to a study done in 2012 by Adobe, most of us don’t believe that we’re living up to our creative potential.
So how does one go about harnessing their inner creativity? It isn’t a process that can really be forced. At the risk of using a too-cliché phrase, you just have to let the process flow. But when you don’t feel like the process is happening naturally, it can really be a struggle. And it will probably drive you a little nuts (not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything…).
The handy infographic below takes a look at ways you can be more creative, and some great techniques you can employ to get the juices flowing when your river of creative has run dry.
Cards with phrases are used to encourage lateral thinking
Lotus Blossom Technique
Like a mind map, it starts with a central idea and expands outward
Six Thinking Hats
There are six metaphorical thinking hats that one puts on to think about a concept in a certain way. They are:
Write down 100 ideas
Figure out some causes of the problem in order to find the solution
Set an arbitrary limit for yourself to see what you can do