I get it. The creative slump is exhausting and well, unproductive.
Creating business plans and projects can diminish our spirits and put us into a creative funk.
Creativity is an essential aspect of human life, and it enables us to think outside the box, explore new ideas, and find solutions to problems. Many believe creativity is reserved for artists, writers, and musicians. However, this is not true! Everyone can be creative if they put their mind to it, and one of the best ways to boost creativity is to tap into your childlike imagination.
Children are known for their endless curiosity, ability to ask questions, and vivid imagination. They see the world with fresh eyes and are not bound by the same limitations and preconceptions that adults often have. By tapping into this childlike imagination, adults can unlock their own creative potential and discover new ways of thinking.
Here are some ways to boost your creativity with a childlike imagination:
Embrace curiosity: Children are naturally curious and ask a lot of questions. A two-year-old’s favorite word is, why? Embrace this curiosity and ask yourself questions about the world around you. Why does this work like that? Or, why is this important? Wonder about the things you see and the things you don’t understand. By embracing your curiosity, you’ll be able to think more deeply and creatively about the world.
“Creativity is the rearrangement of existing knowledge into new, useful combinations,” Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, chairman of the LEGO Brand Group. Source: Harvard Business Review
Play: Children love to play, and it’s an excellent way to boost creativity. As an adult, we don’t take enough time to be in a playful mindset. I advise playing with ideas, experimenting with new approaches, and exploring different ways of thinking. If you have a playful attitude toward your work, you’ll find that you can generate more ideas and develop innovative solutions.
And, allow yourself to also engage in play. My most creative plans come from sketching, painting, or even molding clay, which has nothing to do with my professional work.
Embrace failure: Children aren’t afraid of failure. They know that it’s a natural part of the learning process. When they fall down, they get back up and try again. As adults, we can learn from this attitude and embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. Don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things. Even if you fail, you’ll learn something valuable. Whether this is taking on a new project or starting over on a new one, failure is not an end, it is a beginning.
Look at things differently: Children often see the world in a unique way. They see things that adults often overlook or take for granted. By looking at things differently, you’ll be able to generate new ideas and come up with creative solutions. Try to see things from a different perspective, and you’ll be amazed at what you’ll discover.
Take time for daily walks, listen and observe the sights and sounds around you and allow time for meditation.
Use your daydreams: Children have vivid imaginations and love using them. As adults, we often lose this ability. But, by tapping into daydreams, you can generate new ideas. Try to visualize new possibilities, and you’ll be surprised at what you’ll come up with.
Creativity is an essential aspect of human life, and it’s something that we can all develop. By tapping into our childlike imagination, we can unlock our own creative potential and discover new ways of thinking.
Take the time to implement some of these practices into your daily routine and you’ll be well on your way to boosting your creativity. Need a little creativity boost right now? Check out our marketing inspiration blogs here.