5 ways to nurture your creative spark

Your best work happens when you get a creative spark. That’s something that doesn’t come on cue. But there are ways to encourage the spark, according to 5 Research-Backed Methods to Be More Creative on HubSpot:

  1. Stop typecasting yourself. (We all tend to think of ourselves as having a fixed set of strengths. It’s partly true, but there’s nothing stopping you from building new abilities and approaches. Always try to learn!)
  2. Pretend it’s someone else’s problem. (It’s always easier to solve other people’s problems. So pretend the problem you’re working on is someone else’s!)
  3. Expose yourself to more diversity of any kind.
  4. Impose restrictions. (Putting “boundaries” around your project can spark creativity.)
  5. Consider alternatives to problems that have already been solved.


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