If you’ve found yourself wishing you were more creative, maybe it’s time to inject a creativity exercise into your life.
One way to do this is to select any ordinary object, preferably a random ordinary object. You can close your eyes reach out and take the first thing that your fingers touch if it makes it easier. Identify the object and what you normally use it for. It’s always good to have a baseline to steer away from.
Then, come up with twenty other things you can do with it. Some of them will be similar to how you already use the object, but as you keep listing new uses, you’ll start coming up with less common and even downright unusual ways to use that object. You might even start putting it to use in some of those more unusual ways.
When you’re done, pick another random object and do the exercise again. And again. And again. Before long, you’ll find yourself sitting at stop lights starting at something on a street corner and thinking of different ways you could use it without even realizing you’re doing it.
What’s nice about this particular exercise is that it also sharpens your problem-solving abilities. You’ll find yourself more capable of looking at situations and seeing possible solutions because you’ve become used to thinking “What if?” You’ll also find yourself more willing to try out different solutions on your path to finding one that works the way you want.