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Rick Boersma

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Having a major mental block?

Don’t be too hard on yourself: nobody can be creative or innovative all the time.

The good news is inspiration will eventually come.

Sometimes, all your brain needs is a jump-start.

Here are 7 techniques I personally use to get my own creative juices flowing.


Remove stress
 

1. Create an incubator. Make time and space for mental relaxation. Consider making the shower your incubator—lock the door, spend a few extra minutes in there, and let the ideas flow! (You can even purchase cool note-taking solutions for in the shower.)

2. Sleeeeeeep. Studies show sleeping on a problem actually helps people find better solutions. Makes a nice argument for installing a nap room in the workplace, don’t you think?
 

Manage your time differently
 

3. Go Pomodoro. Try the Pomodoro technique, which gives your brain a bit of a rest/creative boost in-between 25-minute periods of work.
 

Do stuff!
 

4. Read. Reading helps us see the world differently. You don’t have to read about innovation to be innovative (or about creativity to be creative). Read fiction, non-fiction, articles, reports, and blogs. See what your friends, colleagues and industry gurus are sharing on social media. You just may find something that sparks an idea.

5. Get active. Research shows that regular exercisers do better on creativity tests than their more sedentary peers. Personally, I enjoy swimming and cross-country skiing—it’s good for me physically, and also has meditative qualities that allow me to move my thoughts away from the usual stresses of life.

6. Listen to (or play) music. It’s not just classical music that’s good for the brain: strangely enough, listening to bubblegum pop music (like Miley Cyrus!) also seems to have a positive influence on our ability to be creative.

7. Doodle. A blank page can be frightening! I cope by doing random mindless doodles for a few minutes. Often, I begin to see a pattern in the doodles, and will then morph that doodle into an actual drawing—allowing me to access the more creative side of my brain. The doodle usually has nothing to do with what I’m working on; I do it to shift my mind from “task mode” to “creative mode.” 


It’s all about training the brain to think differently.

And the great thing is, you can even have fun doing it.

Happy innovating!

It IS possible to create an organization bursting with innovative thinking! Learn more about Juice Inc.'s Innovation In A Box training program.

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