Music to your ears, right? While zonking out on the couch might sound counterproductive, a 30-minute snooze may leave your brain refreshed and better equipped for creativity.
Bonus tip: Grab a pen upon waking and immediately write down any lingering thoughts and dreams. When your unconscious takes over, strange and extraordinary things can happen!
2. Try something new!
If your usual creative muses aren’t cutting it, challenge yourself by doing something out of the ordinary. Drop in on a yoga class, or take a walk in a different neighborhood. Fresh ideas may be hiding in unusual places, you just have to find them.
3. Carry a sketchbook!
You never know when your next best idea may hit you. While listening to a moving song lyric, reading a restaurant menu, people-watching at the mall—inspiration can come out of the blue sometimes. Grab your sketchbook and get that idea down on paper before you forget it!
4. Pin It!
It’s no accident that Pinterest has become one of the most popular social mediums. The propensity to collect and organize inspirational images is a familiar concept for designers, and Pinterest gives us the perfect platform for it. (Pssst… visit Painted Planet’s new Pinterest page to get you started.)
5. Create a mood board!
Go one step further than Pinterest and create your own mood board! Whether physical or digital, creating a collage of images (photography, color palettes, textures, words—anything!) can help you define the direction of your idea or project.
Bonus tip: Unfamiliar with mood boards? Check out our Monthly Mood Board feature.
6. Sweat it out!
A burst of exercise boosts your creative endorphins, helping you access untapped ideas submerged in your brain. Do something you enjoy—a walk with your dog, a bike ride with your kids, a dance class—anything that gets your heart rate up will also get your creative juices flowing.
7. Write it down!
When you’re struggling to communicate artistically, try communicating with words. Even if you don’t know exactly what you’re trying to say, the craft of writing in itself can help stimulate the creative part of your brain.
Bonus tip: Try some fun writing prompts: Language is a Virus has an awesome prompt generator, with new ones added daily!