25 prompts to spark creativity May 01, 2015 10:57

Putting pressure on yourself to be creative can make it impossible to produce anything.  You pressure yourself to make something good, to make something valuable, or to make something better than your last thing.  The pressure hinders your creativity.  To encourage creativity, we actually need to create constraints.  To think outside of the box, we must first start with a box to think outside of.  If you've been giving into the pressure to create, or you're just too overwhelmed to know where to start, I have created a small list of 25 prompts to spark your creativity.  Each prompt creates a box, a set of constraints.  To paint something, you must use paint, not pens or pencils.  To add a plant to your workspace, you must determine what type of plant, what type of container, and it's placement, but it must be a plant and it must be a new addition.  To photograph a series, you must create a theme and use a camera as your tool of execution.  I am giving you a box, now the creativity part is up to you.


Create a mind map to organize your thoughts

Read a book that teaches you how to do something

Draw something

Paint something

Listen to an inspirational playlist

Write a short story about something you’d like to experience

Add a plant to your workspace

Dress like a creative

Try a new restaurant

Photograph a series of prompts or a common theme

Create a color palette

Have a coffee (or fro-yo) date with a like-minded friend

Purge your closet

Light a candle

Turn up the music and dance

Take a walk in your neighborhood or downtown

Read a favorite blog

Respond to someone else’s thought-provoking blog post

Write a one page autobiography

Write a one page autobiography as if it's five years from today

Venture to the nearest small town

Venture to a nearby large city

Listen to a TED talk

Collect inspirational quotes (ex: create a Pinterest board)

Write down your goals, weekly, monthly, or a life list


Just get started.  Start doing something, today.  Right now.  Go.