Artist Henri Matisse once said that “creativity takes courage”, but there are also some very practical ways you boost your own creativity. Here, we share a couple of our favourite tips.

Creativity tip #1: Start collecting

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One of the best things you can do is to start collecting; things you’ve read, seen, or listened to that you found interesting or inspiring. It’s a great way to keep track of different sources that you might want to use later on. With graphic design, collecting images and designs that you like can help you come up with ideas for your next project. So, grab a journal, a box or start saving things in a folder on your computer. Tools like PinterestEvernote or even Google Drive can be a good way to capture things you find online.

Creativity tip #2: Set aside creative time

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It’s easy to let distractions get in the way of your creative projects. Whether it’s writing, drawing, playing music or designing, it’s important to set aside focussed time where you can be free from distraction. Switch off your mobile and find a space where you’re comfortable working. Are you most creative in the morning when you wake up or at night before you go to bed? Figuring out what time of day works best for you will help to start a creative routine.

Creativity tip #3: Have a regular ‘artist date’

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Perhaps it’s going to an art gallery or maybe even watching live music; either way, a regular ‘artist’s date’ will help keep you inspired. The idea comes from Julia Cameron’s book, ‘The Artist’s Way’. She suggests taking a once-weekly, solo expedition to explore something of interest. It’s a great way to fire up the imagination and have some fun.

We’ve shared out tips, so now it’s time to share yours! How do you get your creative juices flowing?

Zach is Head of Communications for Canva, an online platform that makes graphic design simple for everyone. He writes regularly on social media, branding and public relations and has achieved coverage in publications including Mashable, TechCrunch, PandoDaily, NBC, Forbes and The Next Web.