5 Simple Ways to Inspire Creativity and Change the Way you Think


Human beings are creatures of habit. We wake up at the same time each day, go to work, go home, sleep, and do it all over again. It’s easy to get stuck within a daily routine, losing sight of the creative inspiration that exists all around us.

For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of ideas to help inspire creativity. These are jumping points, designed to get you out of your comfort zone. Once you’ve begun to see things in a new light, the creative juices should start flowing. (For best results, add one cup of coffee).


1. Drive to work a different way. You’re almost guaranteed to see something new that inspires deeper thought. That thing could be as simple as an open field, a new restaurant, or a sale at a local retail outlet.

2. Trade your iPod with a friend for a day. You’ve probably listened to your iPod so much that you know every word to most of the songs on it. Hearing some new tunes may be just the creative push you need.  If you don’t have an mp3 player, have a friend compile a CD with some of his/her favorite songs. Do the same with your music and exchange CDs.

3. Cross your hands the other way. Clasp your hands, fingers intertwined.  Is your left or right thumb on top?  Now, free your hands and do it over again, this time with the opposite thumb on top. Something feels unnatural about it, right?  This is just one small example of how we get stuck in the same patterns. Before long, trying things any other way just seems wrong.

4. Sit in a different place. Try sleeping on the opposite side of the bed tonight. When you go to church, sit in a different pew than usual. (You may even see someone you haven’t thought about in a while). Rotate the desk in your office. Hey, just stand on your desk and look around the room! Why not? It’s amazing the kind of insights you’ll receive by viewing things from a new perspective.

5. Go to a different grocery store. I’m willing to bet that you go to the same grocery store every week.  You have a system of starting at one end of the store and working your way around to the other side. You know where everything is located, and you’ve tailored your grocery list around those items. Mix it up! Try shopping at a different store this week. The process may take longer than usual, but you may also be inspired by something found along the way.

Remember that inspiration can be waiting in the strangest of places. Where is yours hiding?