I’ve got some tricks. Try a few out for yourself and see which ones work best for you.
1.) Self-imposed limitations .
Self-imposed limitations can boost creativity. It forces even creative people to work outside of their comfort zone. I’m suddenly restricted to writing something in 500 words when I had planned to write it in 800 words, it can lead to some pretty creative workarounds.
Try limiting your work in some way .and you may see the benefits of your brain coming up with creative solutions to finish a project around the parameters you’ve set.
2.) Re-conceptualize the problem.
If you find yourself stagnating by focusing on generic problems try to re-conceptualize the problem by focusing on a more meaningful angle.
One thing that researchers have noticed with especially creative people is that they tend to re-conceptualize the problem more often than their less creative counterparts.
That means, instead of thinking of a cut-and-dry end goal to certain situations, they sit back and examine the problem in different ways before beginning to work.
3.) Create psychological distance.
IT also seems that creating “psychological” distance may also be useful. Try to imagine your creative task as being disconnected and distant from your current position/location. According to this research, this may make the problem more accessible and can encourage higher level thinking.
Daydreaming and napping can help with the creative thought process. Less work you’ve done on a problem, the less daydreaming will help you.
That is, daydreaming and incubation are most effective on a project you’ve already invested a lot of creative effort into. So before you try to use naps and daydreams as an excuse for not working, be honest with yourself and don’t forget to hustle first.
5.) Embrace something surreal.
The researcher suggests that reading/experiencing something absurd or surreal can help boost pattern recognition and creative thinking.
The mind is always seeking to make sense of the things that it sees. Surreal art puts the mind in “overdrive” for a short period while it tries to work out just exactly what it is looking at or reading.
I like reading interesting short I’m looking for some inspiration.
6) Create during a powerful mood.
The researcher has pointed to happiness as being the ideal state to create in.
Creativity increased when both positive and negative emotions were running high…
The implication seems to be that while certain negative moods can be creativity killers. If you’re in a strong emotional state, try to sit down and focus that energy on creating something, the end result could be worthwhile.
7.) Get moving
Exercise can actually boost creative thinking as well. Due to it’s ability to get the heart pumping and put people in a positive mood.
If you’re stuck in a creative rut and want to take a break, try including exercise while your brain is subconsciously at work, it may help to speed up your boring moment.
8.) Counterfactual thinking
Surrounding the process of counterfactual thinking, looking at a situation that has already occurred and asking yourself, “What could have happened?” can boost creativity for short periods of time.
According to an analysis by Jeremy Dean:
• Analytical problems are best tackled with a subtractive mind-set: thinking about what could have been taken away from the situation.
• Expansive problems benefited most from an additive counterfactual mind-set: thinking about what could have been added to the situation.