If generating more unique ideas is a part of your job, you would very well know it's stressful when it feels as if you've hit a wall and there's nothing fresh in your brain. No worries-- Creativity truly is an inexhaustible commodity and it's just a matter of finding a new way to turn it on again. Here are some tips from me to help think different.
1. Flex your creativity machine everyday.
The best advice I would give to someone is to exercise your brain like any other muscle you would do in a gym. This tends to work everytime at the first place. I try to set aside at least an hour everyday to write, doodle, sketch at a piece of paper by letting my brain wander. If I'm stressed at work, this sets me off the stressful schedule to relax. Or you could also try taking walk around the block or maybe taking a mild cold shower.
2. Jam some music in the background.
Playing some music in the background near the desk relaxes me and lightens the mood from also being too serious into the work all the time. I find myself more creative while having some great music playing in the background, clearing up my thoughts to focus on one thing.
"Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it" -Dee Hock
3. Figure out at what time you are your best.
Find your "me" time at when you're most productive around the clock and plan your other schedules around that time. By doing this you could achieve the personal best everytime you work. Doing this repeatedly can also help you unlock new thinking capabilities and refreshing ideas.
4. Equip a broad wavelength of perspectives.
Creativity dwells in gaining a broad set of perspectives from diverse areas since most ideas of insight are interdisciplinary in nature. You could try combining weird topics and check the what if's of the combination. Hence it is critical to amass as much new information and perspectives from widest range as possible. Creativity is after all, is all about combining knowledge in newer ways.
"Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist." -Pablo Picasso
5. Get messy and then refine it with data.Balancing of creativity with data-driven decisions could be difficult- you want to try something so unique and brand new and yet you know you should build on what the data says to you that is most likely to succeed. To get at the really big ideas, you should allow creative ideas to flow without any obstacles. So I force myself to move back and leave the computer for a while. And it often helps to get someone to talk to and use a whiteboard to try to explain, draw, simplify and draw more. But 9 out of 10 times something is workable will result out of it. Then you can get back to the data to look for the signals that can help refine and bring your main, unique idea come to life.
"Any product that needs a manual to work is broken." -Elon Musk