While research has shown a link between the creativity of an individual and their DNA, we can all learn to become more creative in our daily lives. The creative process occurs through associations between different concepts and ideas stored in our heads. This associative process occurs both consciously and unconsciously.
To boost our creativity we can first act to expand the range of ideas and knowledge in our memory. Travel broadens the mind, and here the wider the range of experiences we have the wider the library of concepts accumulated over time in our heads.
Second, we can learn to optimise opportunities to associations to be made. Many of our best ideas occur when we are not actively thinking about the problem in hand, and research has pointed to the power of off-task breaks. Managing our daily lives to maximise the impact of on-task activities and off-task breaks is key to unlocking our creative potential.