How to liberate your senses and get inspired*

Creativity is all about being able to identify connections, relationship, patterns within our chaotic life and processes, put an order or semblance, in order to create something new. This needs one to be able to have an open mind / expand perceptual levels, be interesting and ready to be interested in things, as well as be ready to share and let others share too!

Liberate Senses

Liberate Senses

Not so long ago, I came across a blog of Russell Davies where he gave ideas to stimulate creative thinking process, which were quite interesting. Later, a few weeks ago I also came across Michael Shelton’s blog, which gave further ideas, which I liked very much.

Taken together, I feel these methods are very effective in raising the perception levels, while liberating those one-percent potential ideas for you to capture!

Here it goes:

  1. First of all get off your PC: It’s just a tool, not a creative machine! Technology has eased our life very much, but made us machines too! Therefore majority of the time we find ourselves doing something in presence of a computer. For example, even when we’re asked to put down some random ideas, we tend to Google it first before trying anything on our own.
  2. Take at least one picture everyday: Your camera phone makes you achieve this fast. In fact, ever since these phones were introduced, we see everyone – especially teenagers / young adults doing this anyway. Further phones also allow us to share these pictures with others in no time!
  3. Explore natural beauty: Go to parks, beaches, woods, hills, ridges etc. to capture and relish natural beauty. With 24 hour multi-channel idiot box ruling our lives when at home, and even multiplied channels on the internet when in office, we really get little chance to see nature in its glory.
  4. Start a blog – write at least a sentence every week: as much as it’s difficult to pick up a pen to write, it’s much easy to use the keyboard! Hence go ahead and start writing something and publishing too – anywhere… Facebook, MySpace, Blogger, Typepad, etc.
  5. Go to the Hypermarket: Spend an hour or two every week – preferably with no money! Look thru various displays, patterns, colors and designs. Take snaps, group and file them together! Even the local market place could also be visited.
  6. Create and keep a scrapbook: You can make notes of anything you find interesting throughout the day or throughout your journeys or visits to any place. Scrapbooks are very powerful in opening up windows of latent creativity, when you least expect them to.
  7. Do something you never did before: For example, read a magazine you never read before, visit Museums, galleries, etc. that you never visited before. If you do not understand these, just browse thru them and collect / scribble anything that you find interesting. Share thru blogs / across the table with colleagues / friends.
  8. Use your imagination – Be extra-ordinary not ordinary: For example, interview someone for 10-20 minutes and then share / podcast it. When faced with a problem-solution exercise, force yourself to look at the uncommon impossible solutions. Refuse to accept the “popular” solutions at the first instance.
  9. Collect something: Collect anthing that seems interesting to you: Stamps, coins, autographs, photographs, toys, trinkets, etc. Some people have the knack of collecting specialized items and info. e.g. ghost castles” and “supernatural” but true incidents, lighters, etc.
  10. Spare an hour / week in a cafe: Listen to others, take notes in your scrap-book, blog about anything interesting. If you’re one of those who carries a laptop always, take it with you and pretend working, while listening to ideas and opinions of others.
  11. Every month write 50 words about one piece (of visual art, writing, music, film/ TV or any other art-form) – Use your camera, laptop, voice recorders, and voice writers to help you do that and Blog about each.
  12. Try some Creative Exercises: It may sound weird, but some people fiddle with new programs, new software, new ways of using things, etc. Try something new, write the process and share. Some examples: quick capture random photo sessions; Getting Objective and looking at a static object from restricted angles; Webster-Mania or visualizing ideas around random words; etc.
  13. Read, Read, Read books – At least once a day spend about an hour of reading “non-bestselling non-fiction”. For example: A Whole New Mind; Understanding Comics; The Story of Art; Law of Simplicity; etc.

Well then, I guess the above tips from 2 of the practicing masters would be enough to get one kicking! However, the moot point to note that not all of them might find time in everyone’s schedule. So one must take or leave whatever suits him / her, trying to accommodate as much as possible.

Finally remember that:

Inspiration is all about being able to capture a couple of diverse ideas among hundreds. That’s the 1% of the deal! Rest 99% is the “creative” process related work one does to give shape /polish the idea for presentation – be it for Art, Science, Management or Business disciplines.

* Also Read: What is Inspiration?

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2 Responses to How to liberate your senses and get inspired*

  1. Good article. Inspiration is a special energy.

  2. Joy Abdullah says:

    nice. interesting.
    Inspiration is indeed that all elusive idea…

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