Even with the genius of humankind, it is believed that humans only utilize about 10% of the brain (both left and right hemispheres). 10% may not seem like a lot, but thinking of all the technology, health advancements, and creations that humanity has been part of, you have to admit it’s pretty impressive.

None of this would be possible without creativity and innovation, and it is the right side of the brain that’s responsible for creativity. To keep you on your creative edge, here are nine tips that can help you engage your creative mind.

  1. Rest: Never undermine the effects of rest. Do whatever you need to get those solid 8 hours a night. It could be taking a walk on the beach, having a lazy day, or even popping a melatonin 30 minutes before bedtime. Your mind is an asset that shouldn’t be overworked.
  2. Eliminate distraction: You can’t procrastinate yourself into creativity. While you may create to procrastinate, an unbothered mind is the most fruitful for ideas. So get your tasks out of the way and free up time to create.
  3. Meditate: There’s a certain awareness or consciousness that’s unlocked with meditation. Clear your mind, take deep breaths, and let go. As a bonus, meditation improves cognitive control.
  4. Practice mind stimulating games: From mind maps to chess or even riddles, keep exercising your thinking abilities.
  5. Share ideas: Collaborate with people who are creatively motivated and ambitious. This way, your views broaden, and you gain a new perception.
  6. Throw out self-doubt: Working on your self-acceptance and confidence is integral to creativity. Letting go of your insecurities allows you to explore all creative avenues without fearing judgment from others.
  7. Prepare: For a creative breakthrough to occur, you’ll have to prepare for one. Make the necessary adjustments in your space and energy and be ready to receive it.
  8. Be persistent: Most people don’t get it right the first time. Those same people tend to give up after that first time. To succeed, you have to keep trying and keep creating.
  9. Try multitasking: Even though multitasking isn’t productive in the long run, it can help engage and incite creativity.