Whether you work in a creative field and are experiencing a creativity block or you just wish you could restore some of the creativity you had as a child, it can be hard to push yourself into thinking outside the box. When you need a little boost to let your mind wander beyond the realms of normal thought patterns, this guide by 99u can help you improve your creativity with seven different exercises.

My personal favorite from the article’s many techniques is their first suggestion, which involves restricting yourself. While the article uses the example of Dr. Seuss limiting himself to only 50 words while writing Green Eggs and Ham, this technique can be useful for people in all lines of work. I once met a chef with no dietary restrictions who worked in a vegan restaurant. While I would have thought such restrictions would be maddening to a chef who wanted to experiment, he loved it because it forced him to be creative -if he wanted to use whipped cream, he had to find a way to make it without any animal products.

You’ll be amazed how creative you can be when you work at it with these tricks.

Original source – 7 Ways to Boost Your Creativity [99u]

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