by Cochran

How Do You Get Creative?

Aren’t feeling particularly creative these days?

You’re not alone. Many people admit to being so distracted by the avalanche of stimuli demanding their instant and constant attention that they have lost the ability to be creative.

With concerted focus on your part, you can regain your creative edge. Here are 5 tips to help get you back on a more creative track:

1) Do a little something new every day. By challenging yourself to make even a small daily change to the status quo, you’ll unleash some pent-up creativity. Examples: Take a different route to the office or to the coffee shop. Or, order something you’ve never tried before at the cafeteria or lunch counter. Who knows? All this newness could become a creative habit.

2) Talk to interesting people. Seek out people who challenge you to think about topics that are new to you. Everywhere you go, try to catch the eye of someone who looks interesting and start the conversation yourself. You’ll both benefit.

3) Take a walk. When in doubt, take a walk. (This one, I learned from my dog). Walking out-of-doors stimulates your brain cells. Just the act of moving around puts a creative new spin on things.

4)  Turn off the TV. As “creative” as some of those sitcoms may be, just sitting and staring at a screen is no exercise for your brain (right side or left side).

5) Listen to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. More than any other composer, Bach’s music is so orderly and exquisitely structured that, just by listening, we get the equivalent of “defragging” the hard drives in our minds. You’ll immediately feel less cluttered. Trust me: it works and you’ll enjoy yourself in the process.

Let me know your thoughts. How do you get creative?


September 22, 2009 - Posted by | creativity | , ,


  1. Try taking a Walk on the Beach listening to the Ocean Waves,Sounds of the Birds,watching the fisherman,the detail on the Birds and the rolling Waves. Ask a question out into the Ocean and wait for the answers that will pop into your head and you will be suprised by the new inspirational answers you just discovered.

    Comment by Larry Blumenfeld | September 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Wow, Larry! Thank you for your expansion of my advice to “Take a walk.” I must agree that a walk on the beach has to be one of the most clearing, centering activities we can engage in. The result is often a greater focus and the ability for more creative flow.

    Comment by cochrancreates | September 23, 2009 | Reply

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