This list comes from the book Lists to Live By compiled by Alice Gray, Steve Stephens and John Van Diest. Last year, I did a similar post, 25 Ways To Get & Stay Creative. I like lists.
1. Right away, write it down.
Record ideas as soon as you think of them. Keep paper and pen handy at all time–in your car, by your television, on your nightstand.
2. Listen to music.
Listen to whatever sparks your imagination, whether it’s Bach, the Beatles, or something you’ve never heard before.
Go for a run, shoot some hoops, do jumping jacks–anything that starts your blood pumping and keeps your mind sharp.
4. Brainstorm with a friend, co-worker, or six-year-old.
Talk with someone who looks at the world a little differently than you do. Chances are he or she will inspire a new approach.
5. Do it poorly.
If you’re a perfectionist, don’t be. Create something that isn’t necessarily your best work, but that gets the job done. Then go back later to fix it or redo it.
6. Watch people.
Go downtown or to the mall, sit on a bench and observe the passersby. Imagine what kind of life they lead.
7. Keep a journal.
Write about your life and what’s important to you, then revisit your old thought when you need new ideas.
8. Pray or read the Bible.
Putting life into spiritual perspective can take the pressure off and jump-start the creative juices.
Sit down at the computer or with pen and paper and write whatever comes into your mind. You might be surprised at what comes out.
10. Change your locale.
Find a new quiet place–a park, the beach, a library, or just a different room–and let your mind wander.
11. Wash the dishes or mow the lawn.
It’s easy and it gives you a feeling of accomplishment while you’re trying to think.
12. Sleep on it.
If nothing is working, your best bet may be to give up for now. Let your subconscious create overnight and you’ll have fresh ideas tomorrow.