One of the greatest myths is that you have to wait for inspiration to find you. When you look throughout history, the greatest artists and inventors didn’t wait for inspiration, they created it. Lucky for you, this is super simple to do. Let’s check it out.
1. Do the Dishes
Yes, we know this sounds ridiculous. Doing the dishes can help jump start inspiration? But hear us out. Studies have shown that creative thinking increases when people are performing mundane, repetitive tasks. The thinking is that when you’re doing something you’ve done thousands of times before, you can go into something like an “autopilot” mode. From here, your creative brain is free to puzzle out solutions to problems and think creatively. So do those dishes!
2. Go On a Walk
This one has similar thinking to the last item, in that we all don’t have to think too hard about walking–we just do it. However, here you should find somewhere you’ve never been before. Maybe it’s that park you’ve always wanted to check out, or that beach that you just know will look amazing at nighttime. Whatever it is, take yourself somewhere new. This simple task combined with a new locale will greatly boost inspiration for you.
Whether you want to catalog your dreams or your entire day, journal only once a week or daily, one of the best ways to spark new ideas is by writing your thoughts. The writing habit will keep thoughts flowing. Don’t wait for the perfect place. Whether at work, play, or your commute – use what’s available – smartphone or paper. Let your thoughts flow freely without editing them. Come back to them from time to time and you’ll be able to draw new ideas from your past entries.