So if you are trying to find inspiration, try promising yourself some type of desirable treat as a reward for coming up with a creative solution. Just don’t overdo it, or you risk decreasing your motivation.
Create Some Psychological Distance
People often suggest taking a break from a task when you’ve hit a creative block. Studies have found that placing some psychological distance between yourself and the problem might also do the trick.
Researchers found that when participants imagined that a problem originated from a far location versus a close one, they solved more problems and came up with more creative solutions.
The next time you face a difficult problem, try imagining that the issue is distant and disconnected from your current location.
Surround Yourself With Inspiration
Positive psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi suggests that surroundings also play a role in the creative process. Stimulating environments can facilitate creativity, so surrounding yourself with things that you find inspiring and motivating can help.
Create an office space that helps you feel inspired and energized. Seek out stimulating experiences and settings that can help trigger inventiveness.
When you are trying to solve a problem, people often rely on the obvious, building on existing ideas in order to come up with the easiest solution. This often leads to a good outcome, but it can also lead to mental sets and functional fixedness that makes it challenging to think of creative solutions.