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10 Simple Ways to Boost and Maintain Your Creativity (Part 2)

By: Yunita Wijaya Handranata, B.Eng., M.M.

  1. Distract yourself with unrelated task

When you hit a roadblock distract yourself with unrelated task and go back to it later. For example when you have a math problem, distract yourself by watering plants instead of trying to solve a different math problem.

Immerse yourself in the topic but detach from the creative process. The best ideas come when you are not consciously thinking about the process, but know it so well that everything ties back to it. (Michal Shek)


  1. Collaborate with other people

Collaboration is the main important thing of the creative industries. By collaborate with others you can build upon each other’s ideas.

Collaborate with others. Through my experience in the Breakthrough Thinking Course, I have found that some of my best ideas were often inspired by interactions and conversations with my classmates. (Kristina Shigaeva)

  1. Don’t give up

It takes time and dedication to come up with good ideas. Allow time for your idea to sit and don’t give up. Some time a good idea doesn’t come immediately, just give time to yourself and your idea to develop.

Give yourself time. I often felt like If I were going to come up with a great idea, it would hit me right away. In reality it can take days before you come up with anything good, and it can hit you at anytime. (Sarah Hamilton)

  1. Break out of the barrier of thinking

Challenge yourself to approach problems from different point of view. For example:  what else could a plastic bag be used for? Find their other purposes and uses, play with multiple ideas. Apply lateral thinking method to help you think out of the box.

Be able to approach problems from multiple angles. Draw it on the board. Rearrange 100 Post-it Notes. Bring together a group of co-workers for a discussion. Rearranging the information visually is often the first step in understanding it, which ultimately leads to the solution. (Celia Nissen)

  1. Have no fear towards failures or bad ideas

Failures are part of life, no one can avoid it. By making mistakes you can learn things and you’ll be a better person in the future.

Don’t give up after a failure. Wieden and Kennedy have a huge board in the Portland office that says, “fail harder.” You can’t come up with any good ideas without going through a whole lot of bad one first. (Sarah Hamilton)


  1. Utilize creativity wherever and whenever

Apply creativity in your daily life. Creativity can lead to a better problem solving.

Whatever industry you work in, apply creative principles and practices when solving problems. (Marissa Goldstein)

 Creative thinking improves your work and your play. (Rebecca Hempen)

 Reference: Thomas Vogel (2014). Breakthrough Thinking: A Guide to Creative Thinking and Idea Generation.    HOW Books. ISBN: 9781440333262

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