In the Winter 2014 issue of Scientific American Mind: The Mad Science of Creativity, Evangelia G. Chrysikou suggests that “Mental push-ups that shake up people’s typical ways of thinking can help put them in a creative mind-set.” How can you maximize your creativity? Here are some tips from the author:
- Step out of your comfort zone. Take up activities outside your field of expertise. Read a new-to-you art instruction book, take a short trip or an online art class. New experiences can bring on new thoughts.
- Take a break. Focusing your mind on a different task can set free innovative solutions.
- Take a nap or let your mind wander. Sleep and daydreaming can prompt your unconscious mind to work on the problem that is currently baffling you.
- Challenge yourself. Shake up your daily routine. Let go of your initial idea and look for a new one. Borrow other people’s answers but try to improve on them.
Read the complete article for more inspiring ideas. Although these tips focus on people in the work world, you can still use these ideas in your own art business.
Source: Your Fertile Brain at Work written by Evangelia G. Chrysikou