1. Clear your head
Go for a walk. Visit a new place. This can be as simple as a new coffee shop, park, or a new road on the way home from work. I always gain inspiration from visiting a new location.
Research has shown that creativity is enhanced when performing straightforward mechanical tasks such as jogging, cooking, and driving. Unobstructed thinking time is always useful. -the rosie project, graeme simsion
This is counterintuitive but so helpful. Take a break and work on a different project. If it is late, go to bed and start again early in the morning. I am most fresh and full of ideas early in the morning. Ideas that seem full of problems often work themselves out after a break.
Reading is a great source of inspiration. I typically read one fiction, one non fiction, and a few magazines at a time. The magazines update me on trends, writing style, and photography. The non fiction is encourages my business ideas, and fiction is my escape (see point 2).
What I remember most vividly was how the legs of that old chair poked up from the weed-choked ditch. And how, when I pulled it to the side of the road and stood it upright, its threadbare seat exhaled a tired puff of dust into the air. Even beneath the layers of dirt, I could see that the chair was beautiful. -looking for me, beth hoffman
4. Visit a place with unexpected things
A thrift store, a farmers market, an estate sale. Finding a place where the inventory changes will challenge your mind to think about new ideas. Thrifted products often provide me with DIY ideas. A farmers market might inspire a new color combination.
5. Give to someone else
Again, counterintuitive. Taking your mind off of yourself and your lack of creative ideas may be just what you need. Make a meal for someone. Take someone out for lunch. Volunteer.
“The problem is that we have plenty coming in but we are not giving out to others” -streams in the desert
What do you do when you are scrambling to solve a creative problem? I would love ideas!!