Do you ever see what others are creating and wonder how they got their idea or wish you'd thought of that? Or do you ever get stuck in a dry spell where the ideas stop flowing?
One way to stimulate creativity is to go "treasure hunting." This can be done almost anywhere, from a store to the shore. The idea is to have an intention of what you need a creative solution for, and then to look around deeply, preferably in new places, and make lists, take photos, or gather things that are odd, beautiful, have something novel about them, or that inspire or call you in some way. These ideas can then be examined to see if new associations can be made between them. Children do this naturally while playing, using what's around them and repurposing and combining things as needed. For instance, kids often turn rocks, pinecones, seashells, feathers, and other natural found objects into everything from game pieces to fairy lands. Or they search through their Grandma's cedar chest and desk drawers to discover cool, forgotten objects that they suddenly can find a new use for.
Those of us who have grown up may need to work a little harder to come into the mindset of looking for treasures and recombining or expanding on them to get new ideas, products, or solutions. Try going on a treasure hunt today to get new ideas towards a problem you're looking to solve.