These ways to be more creative come from the Eureka Factor by John Kounios and Mark Beeman.
The authors suggest the it is easier to turn inward if you are spending time in quieter, peaceful surroundings. The parks around here are very popular so I have to think of other places where I can be peaceful.
They also suggest it is easier to turn inward if you have uninterrupted blocks of time, relaxed, freewheeling creative thought with the phone turned off and no clock present.
Thinking of long term goals is also a way to clear the cobwebs from your mind. Also if you must count, count the finish pages and figure out what changes led to increased production. Did you sleep longer? take a nap? Eat in a different place? Read something different?
Keeping a diary of problems, solutions and ideas can help. Writing in a journal does help me write more.
One thing that I don’t think they discuss is recording one’s dreams. Dreams come from the same place as inspiration. I am having trouble remembering my dreams but I am anxious to do so, and that counts. I am going to use hypnosis to remember my dreams tonight. I almost remembered the dream today but I lost it when I got up.
Watching the stars high above, enjoying the vast space and stars, the infinity of it all leads to ways to be more creative.
They even suggest going on the subway with noise-canceling headphones. Look at things far away, and spend time doing things you love doing. If you can, stay unfocused.
These are all ways to be more creative.