15 Easy Exercises to Increase Creativity
Next time you are feeling like you are stuck in a rut, try one of these easy exercises to increase creativity! Whether you are trying to be creative for work, personal passions, or something else, these exercises might help tremendously.
I know for me sometimes I feel like I am full of creativity that flows so easily. Then other times when I really need the creative juices to flow I feel like I am dormant and have no ideas. These exercises will help you regularly flex creative muscles to try and keep you in that creative space so when you need it, you are ready.
Exercises to Increase Creativity
Sketch to Music
Turn on some music and sketch or draw what comes to your mind when you are listening to the music. It is okay if you aren’t the best drawer, no one has to see what you come up with.
Randomly pick a few words out of the dictionary and create a sentence or two using the new words you learned. It is a great way to grow your vocabulary and really stretch your mind to think how to use those words.
Find a craft that you think would be fun to do and let your creativity flow. Whether it is pottery, making a decoration for the home, etc. Just whatever you find fun, do. You can find a ton of craft ideas on Pinterest to help get you moving in the right direction.
Write a Poem
Create a poem about how your day or month has been. This might take some time to get started but it is great to help increase your creativity.
Head outdoors and watch clouds as they float by. Try to imagine what animal or shape they are. It will make you feel like a kid again but help stimulate your mind.
Next time you start working on dinner change up some ingredients and experiment with flavor combinations.
Write Questions You Are Working On
Grab a piece of paper and write down a question you have been wondering on at the top. Below write down all the potential possibilities you can think of, no matter how ridiculous they might sound. Do this for around five minutes each day. It is a great way to really stretch your thinking and stimulate your subconscious.
Taking time to meditate can help clear and quiet your mind. Try to do this each day for around 15 minutes. You can find YouTube videos or apps in the iTunes or Google Play store to help you learn how to meditate properly.
Draw Without Lifting Pencil
Sit down and draw whatever comes to mind, but do it without lifting your pencil. You have to get creative on how to draw what you want without lifting your pen to start a new line.
New Route Home
When you head home after a day at work, consider going a new way home. As you are headed home take in the view around you, whether it be buildings, open fields, etc.
Take a compound word that is made up of two words. Separate them and replace one word with a new word to make up a new compound word. Try to list as many combinations as you can. Try to do this for 10 minutes a day. Example “somewhere” can be separated to “some” and “where.” Using the word some I can create new words like “someplace” “sometimes” etc.
Take a song you love and try to add new lyrics to the beat of the music.
Pick a location whether near or far that you know how to get to really well. Create a map to the location of your choice but you can’t use any words like 5th street, or traditional map symbols. You want to focus more on the surroundings, like turn left at the yellow house with blue shutters. Think about what landmarks you see, what they might hear or smell along the way. Try to really be descriptive on what the person would experience along the way.
Search around your home and find objects to create a sculpture or piece of artwork. It really makes you think outside the box on what you need to create your vision in your mind.
Any kind of puzzles helps stimulate your mind to really work at finding words and being creative. Spending time doing puzzles a few times a week or every night is a great way to keep your mind working and fresh.