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  • Writer's pictureNick Howard-Lanes

Simple Circles That Spark Creativity

Updated: Mar 16, 2023

Have you ever found yourself staring blankly at your computer screen? Or perhaps glaring out the window at absolutely nothing? Your mind is motionless and doing cartwheels, trying to come up with a fresh idea or a new perspective.

However, your creativity is completely void. We've all been there, and it's not a pleasant feeling. From the moment I wake up, till the time my head hits the pillow, I’m using every slice of imagination I’ve got. So when it’s not available, I really do know the horrible feeling.

But fear not, for there is a simple yet effective way to reignite your creative spark: circles.

Yes, you read that right. Circles. As in, drawing circles on a piece of paper. But this isn't just any ordinary doodling exercise. It's a powerful tool for unlocking your creativity and getting those ideas flowing again.

Next time you're feeling stuck, try this ridiculously simple three-step process to jumpstart your creativity:

Step 1 | Mindset

Take a seat (comfortably), put on some chilled music of your liking (without the distraction of lyrics), and focus internally (your breathing, how your body is feeling, it’s natural moment). Spend 5-10 minutes on this. This will help you relax and clear your mind of any cares or concerns.

Step 2 | Write

Once you've wiped your mind, start writing down every single thought that comes to mind. No matter how random or seemingly insignificant. Be messy, this isn’t an exam, just 5-10 minutes of scribbling. As author and screenwriter David Mamet bluntly said, "Keep it simple, stupid." Don't overthink it, just let your thoughts flow freely.

Step 3 | Circle

After you've written down your thoughts, go back through and circle any words or phrases that stand out to you. Any powerful words, and phrases that could hold further significance. These will be the starting points for fresh ideas and new perspectives.

This process may seem deceptively simple, but it's surprisingly effective.

By taking a few minutes to clear your mind, jot down your thoughts, and circle your most intriguing ideas, you can reignite your creative mission and start generating fresh creativity.

So, if you're feeling stuck in the future, remember ‘circles’ and give this simple process a try. Your creativity will thank you.


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