It can be helpful to make use of some of the most basic concepts.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
From post: Thinking Like Leonardo Da Vinci.
Gail McMeekin, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. is author of a number of books, including The 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women, and Boost Your Creativity, Productivity and Profits in 21 Steps.
In her article “Creative Catalysts,” she lists 25 ideas that are often very simple, but can be powerful strategies to help us be more creative.
Here are a few:
14) Select music that reminds you of your project and play it at the beginning of your work sessions
15) Initiate creative rituals such as lighting a candle or reading first, etc.
16) Find someone who is an opposite thinker (a devil’s advocate) and tell them about your project and let them challenge/stimulate your thinking
17) Put your inner critic in isolation for now
18) Visualize your end result and make a collage of images that support that vision
19) Collect objects like your project and keep them in a basket to ponder
20) Keep a file card packet in your office, car, etc. to jot down all related ideas and connections
Read more in Creative Catalysts – which also lists her books, site, and online course.