Whether you’re struggling for creativity in your job or just in your spare time, hitting a mental roadblock can be massively frustrating.
Next time your flapping and floundering because your brain won’t work, it’s important to remember that it happens to even the most creative minds that have come before.
Steve Jobs is arguably one of the greatest creative minds of all time, being the co-founder of Apple, the most recognised tech company in the world, you’d have to have some kind of imaginative spark.
These are three of the well-documented methods Jobs used when he was struggling for inspiration.
1. Think while you walk
We’re all familiar with the idea that exercise is good for the brain by now. That doesn’t specifically mean throwing yourself into a gut-busting gym session every morning though.
Jobs would apparently use regular leisurely walks to clear his head. He’d even conduct ‘walking meetings’ where he’d take a group out for a walk and brainstorm.
According to Stanford research, walking can increase creative output by an impressive 60%.
Jobs often spoke of the importance of meditation in his life. He told the author of his biography how he had immersed himself in a spiritual quest for higher learning, utilising meditation.
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes things worse, but when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things — that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more.”
3. Pursue a different interest
On the surface this sounds more like procrastination than anything, though Jobs insisted that “creativity is just connecting things”.
Jobs embarked a number of seemingly unrelated courses to his profession throughout his life. He once enrolled in a calligraphy course because “it interested him”, he revealed years later that the course was responsible for the Macintosh’s typography.
The whole idea basically revolves around stepping out of your comfort zone and thinking outside the box. You never know where inspiration may strike, so if you don’t sample anything else you could miss out on a lot.