7 tips I use to spark my creativity

Creativity often involves play, digression, exploration, experimentation, and failed attempts; it doesn’t always look productive.
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    Take notes.
    I used to fight the urge to take notes that weren’t related to a specific project, but now I let myself go. Sometimes, I take notes without a purpose. {Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1rsJgmm }
  2. 2.
    Follow my interests.
    Instead of focusing on what I “ought” to be doing, I allow myself to wander—by buying an odd book, poking around the internet, or exploring an unusual place.
  3. 3.
    Buy supplies.
    I encourage myself to make an occasional creativity-supporting purchase.
  4. 4.
    Draw an idea-map.
    This is a process of writing down ideas in a way that helps you see new relationships and possibilities.
  5. 5.
    Enjoy the fun of failure.
    Telling myself that I can enjoy the “fun of failure” has made me (somewhat) more light-hearted about taking risks.
  6. 6.
    Read random magazines.
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    Indulge my magpie impulses.
    When I have the urge to collect materials, articles, or information, I now indulge it. Although I generally fight against any stuff that could become clutter, as with note-taking, I find that these collected materials help spur my creativity.