Creativity Apps-Part 2
What happens when you feel creatively stuck, when the ideas just aren’t flowing…? Fortunately, there are many quick and easy things you can do to get back to your innate creative flow. In this, part 2 of the creative app series, I will show you how, once again, technology can be a powerful tool for supporting that process.
Part 1 of this series was all about using technology to capture those inspired ideas and creative downloads. Here, I show you my go-to apps when I need a boost of inspiration:
Mindmappping is fantastic for sparking inspiration. There are plenty of mindmapping apps available but my favourite is iMindmap from the Grandfather of Mindmapping, Tony Buzan. All the apps use the same simple idea; begin with a question or creative challenge, note down all the related ideas and thoughts, and then allow your marvellous mind to set off in new and unexpected directions. One idea will lead to another and another and another…
And when you’re done, you’ll not only have some inspired new insights that you’d never imagined before, you’ll also have a visual map of how the process unfolded. (I love how my mindmaps tend to look like diagrams of neuron connections – as if we are literally mapping the magic that goes on in our brains). Mindmapping is a great tool for jump-starting some new ideas and creative directions whenever you’re feeling stuck or blocked. It has become one of my favorite rescue-remedies whenever I need a boost in my creative process. iMindMap is available for PC and Mac, as well as mobile devices. And the cloud-access is great for keeping all your mind maps organised.
Listening to the inspiring stories of others is a powerful way to lifting flagging creative spirits. We’re naturally inspired by people we admire, who share our values and aspirations, and have done great things. So regular access to the world’s Great and Good is one of my favorite ways of staying creatively inspired. And my favourite app for this is Audible.
Audible is basically an audiobook publisher. But since they were acquired by Amazon, their library is now incredibly vast and wonderfully varied. Whatever stories or lives inspire you the most, you’ll find something to suit on Audible. And their app is fantastic for incorporating regular doses of inspiring audiobooks easily into your life. Whether you use the app on your mobile during the daily commute, or you curl up with your iPad to escape somewhere exciting at the end of the day, Audible can be a powerful partner along your creative path, keeping you inspired and connected to the ideas and stories that matter to you. (My preferred listening habit is after breakfast – it ensures I start my day feeling uplifted, full of ideas and enthusiasm).
In the app, all your reads are stored in your library which you can access online anytime. It remembers your place, making it easy to dip in and out. It also creates fun little progress reports and listening analytics. But my favorite feature is the ability to ‘bookmark’ a snippet and add some notes to that section.
As a lifelong booklover, I never thought that I’d prefer digital books to real paper and ink, but this app makes a fun change to scribbling in tiny margins. So Audible has become my daily companion, and this ever-ready source of inspiring stories and new ideas keep my creativity flowing.
This last app is the simplest, yet possibly most powerful tool for getting the creative juices flowing. The humble Mail app can be a fun and easy way to access the creative genius within. It’s a technique I use a lot with my clients and they’re always amazed by the results.
Here’s how it works: whenever you’ve hit a creative block, open up Mail on whatever device is on hand – and send an email to your creative mind. It may sound crazy, but crazy or not, your mind will respond, and often with the creative new solutions that had been eluding you. All you need to do is open a new email, address it to your Inner Genius, or your Muse, or your Creative Imagination – whatever you prefer.
Then pose your current question or challenge in the message box, stating what kind of answers you’re looking for, or the Ideal Solution. Often this process is enough to jump-start some new ideas.
And that’s it!
You then save the draft and get on with your day. Your solution-seeking subconscious then goes to work behind the scenes, and you’ll find that answers will begin to appear in your mind over the hours and days ahead. And when they do – your draft email in Mail is a perfect way to capture these inspired breakthroughs. Over time, you’ll build up a collection of these ‘conversations’ and it can shed some interesting light on your creative process. It’s such an easy technique, and when you turn to it more often, it becomes a reliable tool for sparking inspiration whenever you need it.
You are creative
Remember the last post, where you learned to capture those creative downloads and inspired musings? Well, those notes can be a potent source of inspiration when you’re feeling creatively stuck.
You can be the source of your own inspiration!
So if you’ve run out of new ideas, look back over your old ones. Those notes and lists may contain some useful and inspiring gems. After all, these are downloads from your previous access to your creative genius.
These ideas came to you for a reason – now may be the perfect time to put them to use.
For more creative inspiration download my guide here!