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Three Creative Exercises

Whether you are bursting at the seams with creative inspiration or are feeling a little tapped out, a creative exercise will help. If you have many ideas and donít know where to start the following exercises will help to organize your thoughts. On the other hand, if you find yourself feeling drained and creatively unmotivated, these exercises might be just the trick to spark some new ideas.

1) Mind Maps

You may have heard of this very handy and very helpful tool before. Mind-mapping is the process of writing down your central idea or question in the center of a page and drawing a circle around it. From there, you free associate or brainstorm by writing down anything that comes to mind in response to your central idea or question. With each thought, draw a line from the center bubble and write it down with another circle around it. This simple exercise helps to clear the clutter from the brain and leaves you feeling refreshed.

2) Doodling

We have all doodled before, usually when we are on the phone or maybe in a long meeting. The act of doodling is playful and carefree, both of which are good for your creative inspiration.

To get started, draw a curvy or swirly line on your paper. From there imagine what it could be or turn into. This is much like looking at clouds and spotting which ones remind you of animals or objects. If nothing comes to mind, draw another line. Keep drawing lines or shapes until something sparks your imagination.

Another fun way to do this is to use watercolors or poster paints as your medium. This playful process helps to jumpstart your creativity or center you if you have too many ideas swirling around in your head.

3) Get outside

Us creative types sometimes find ourselves holed up in our homes where we are cozy among our supplies and materials while waiting for some inspiration. Or overflowing with it. Either way, getting outside will help.

Nature has a way of calming down your mind. A good dose of sunshine and fresh air from a walk around the block or gardening in your yard will help get your mind off of things and bring some balance to your day. Once your mind has a break, you are better able to come back with renewed vigor to whatever project is at hand.

Try any of the above tips and let me know in the forum how it worked out for you!

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