So what happens as we start getting older, why do view creativity as a “skill” that is lost? I believe that we get so caught up in being in our comfort zone, that do not take the opportunities to continue to develop our creativity. Yes, I was stuck in my comfort zone, I was one of those adults, who said “I am not creative at all.” And YES developing -- or redeveloping -- creativity is hard. It is really hard. Somedays, you will look at your laptop and NO IDEA will develop. Sometimes, creativity cannot be rushed. And you know what, THAT IS OK!
However, below is a list that I believe will help in developing your creativity. It isn’t all inclusive, but it will get you started in enhancing your creativity.
- Learn to take risks! Failure is all right...learning should always includes the failure process, go outside your comfort zone.
- Be Patient. Let creativity develop, don’t force it.
- Make Time for Creativity. Practice, Practice, Practice. Don’t just complete one design and say you are done...make multiple designs. Research and study designs that are all around you...Internet, billboards, window displays, posters, social media posts, etc. Analyze what you like and dislike about each design.
- Be Positive. Overcome your negative attitude towards your projects. Look at your projects from different angles to develop new ideas. Analyze what you like and dislike about your design.
- Listen to music...that is why music is playing in my classroom most days.
- Keep a gratitude journal or take a gratitude walk. Yes, I said that. Be Thankful. Honestly, this is when my creativity is in full swing.
- Get a little notebook. Keep this notebook with you at all times. Write down any creative idea you have...you never know when an idea will pop up.
- Set up a creative challenge. Take pictures for 30 days of various topics. Write 100 words a day. Find fonts for each letter of the alphabet. Create a challenge that fits you, one that you will commit to...but don’t limit yourself, go outside your comfort zone.