In a professional context, there is a lot of emphasis placed on the importance of creativity, innovation, and being “cutting-edge.”
Many of the biggest professional and entrepreneurial success stories that get talked about year after year, involve moments of great creativity and vision – like when Steve Jobs created the iPhone and changed the world of mobile technology forever, as well as Apple, the company.
When all is said and done, though, creativity isn’t just something that’s important in a professional setting. Generating creativity can also help you to pursue your own personal projects with the zeal and enthusiasm, and make real headway on them, as well.
Here are a handful of tips to help you enhance your creativity for personal projects.
Set up a comfortable and well-organised environment
If you look at Working From Home Reviews, you will see that a lot of emphasis gets placed on the importance of setting up the right home office environment, in order to maximise professional productivity, energy, and creativity, among home-based professionals.
Of course, the same basic principle applies when you are working on your own personal projects from home, too.
Your home environment should be a low-stress space, that is organised in a way that helps you to think creatively, to record your thoughts, and to get things done, as and when inspiration strikes.
Think about decorating your environment with posters and items of furniture that help you to get into a state of “flow.” Make sure that there is as little resistance as possible for you to get into a creative state.
Fuel your imaginative subconscious mind with music, art, stories, and more
Creativity is a mysterious thing, but it seems to be highly connected to the wild, imaginative subconscious mind – where different images, ideas, symbols, and patterns emerge seemingly at random, and construct themselves into wild dreams and flashes of inspiration.
The well-known saying, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” is true on multiple levels. If you aren’t able to enjoy what you’re doing, to let your imagination run free, and to engage with things in a spirit of “play” when you’re working, the odds that you will be creative are greatly reduced.
You need to fuel your imaginative subconscious mind with music, art, stories, and other things that help to put you into the dreamlike and creative state of imagination.
Engage with the pastime you’re trying to be creative in
One thing that you will frequently hear from professional authors, such as Stephen King, is that “if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.”
In any creative field, there is a strong argument to be made that you have to be engaged with that particular pastime on multiple levels, in order to be able to be – and remain – properly creative in that context.
In other words, if you want to be a creative app developer, you need to actually stay on top of the different apps that are out there, use them, try them, and see what you like and where you could find room for improvement. Musicians who want to be great should listen to lots of music. Painters who want to be creative should visit art galleries.