Listen. To music, mostly. I once recorded every little sound that attracted me so I could make a compilation of my favourite sounds. I still have it and it has things like the sound of a city close to a river and me mixing sugar in my morning coffee. But mostly I like some good music to help me not lose the beat when I am working on a project. It depends on the work and my mood, but it normally varies between classical and feel good funk or pop.
Let go, decompress and, surprise, procrastinate. This is the best advice, in my opinion. Creativity can’t quite be forced. And I know for sure that I get my best ideas when I am procrastinating or doing my everyday tasks, like showering! (I can compose full musics when I shower). And it is completely normal, since your brain will make connections much faster and less obvious when it is relaxed.
Try out new things, have new experiences,new feelings, find new people and new perspectives. This one is also a great tip. You will never develop your creative self if you keep yourself stuck in the same things forever. You need to see new things, meet different people with different ideas from you, listen to other styles of music to get new perspectives and to let your brain know that it can think differently. And this goes for anything in life, not just creativity.
Admire someone. It feels very good and reassuring to have someone to look up to. An idol that you can admire his/hers lifestyle, way of thinking, working, dancing…the reasons are infinite. Mine is Audrey Hepburn. But I do admire the work of so many different people and I let it influence the way I think and see the world.Stay Classy ❤