Creativity is all in the mind. And though it’s generally regarded as a mysterious and untameable phenomenon, there are certain habits we can develop to encourage more creativity in our lives.

So whether you’re looking for more motivation to pursue a passion project, or you simply want to boost your professional productivity, here are 4 habits for a more creative mind. 

Carry a notepad

Have you ever noticed how some of your most inspired ideas tend to come out of nowhere, at completely random times, in completely random places? 

Often we’ll find ourselves sitting on a train, taking a shower, or walking down the road, when a solution to a creative problem suddenly pops into our mind. And since these seemingly random ideas can turn out to be some of our best, it’s crucial to write them down.

Gathering ideas and writing down thoughts and impressions throughout the day can be endlessly rewarding. Even if our ideas don’t seem too important or groundbreaking at the time, they’ll often come in handy for a future project. 

So making a habit of constantly writing down ideas, big and small, is a powerful way to boost creativity and encourage creative thinking. 

Be open to suggestions 

More often than not, ego is the biggest barrier to creative breakthroughs. And one of the most difficult things to overcome can be our resistance to criticism and feedback. 

When it comes to creative pursuits, it’s easy to get carried away in striving for instant perfection. Sometimes we can make ourselves believe that if we don’t get something right the first time round, then we’re just not good enough. But that’s obviously not true. 

In reality, many of the most original and brilliant ideas are crafted through numerous revisions, each one informed by feedback and criticism. 

Everyone sees things differently, and when someone looks at our work they may interpret it in ways we never imagined. So being open to feedback and suggestions can pave the way to creative insights that we could never have reached on our own.

The trick is to stay open-minded and not let ego obstruct creativity.   

Share your ideas 

It’s true what they say, two minds are better than one. Which means sharing ideas and collaborating can sometimes yield far more creative insights than working alone

Through collaboration, we invite others to contribute to our work by sharing their unique perspectives and ideas. And in doing this we can reach entirely new levels of creative accomplishment. 

So when possible, try to work alongside a broad a range of creative minds. A writer, illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer will each approach a problem with an entirely different point of view. Each is valid, and each can contribute a unique creative outlook that will, ultimately, elevate the entire project. 

Get into good routines 

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you at work.” — Picasso.

As all creatives know, creativity is difficult to pin down. Some days it’s there, some days it’s not. As discussed above, insights can occur at any time and any place. But that doesn’t mean the process is completely out of our hands.

Cultivating solid routines can be a great way of making the time and space for creativity to flourish. And simply by showing up at the same place, at the same time, day in and day out, we can give our mind the space it needs to develop creative and original ideas.

We don’t need to worry about emails, or admin, or deadlines. We can just sit down and work, and by making ourselves less distracted we’re much more likely to experience creative breakthroughs.

Inspiration = creativity 

To further fuel your creative engine, why not take a look at these 14 must-see Ted Talks for designers and creatives. Or get inspired by the wonderful workspaces of famous creatives