Do you ever get stuck coming up with creative ideas? The Conjure Your Creativity tips card deck from Unstuck.com can help you diagnose what the problem is, reveal tips and strategies to eliminate or side-step the barrier and start taking one bite-sized step at a time toward a creative solution.
The deck contains 30 cards that measure 5 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide. They are designed in a colorful turquoise, black and white style. The cards come in a clear soft plastic case, and are wrapped with a thick rubber band that not only keeps the cards together but also helps prevent damage. Unlike a brainstorming card deck, where you are encouraged to shuffle the cards to reveal random creative stimuli, the cards in the Conjure Your Creativity deck are designed to be used in a specific sequence.
How to use the Conjure Your Creativity card deck
The first step in using this card deck is to review the “Stuck in the Moment” cards, which help you diagnose why you are having problems being creative. Examples include “Deep down I know it could be better,” “I don’t like where this is going” and “I can’t decide which direction to take this.” When you find a card that resonates with your situation, you turn it over. It refers to two or three numbered “In This Moment” creativity tip cards. This makes it something like a branching process, represented in the form of a card deck – quite unique!
Step two is to find and read the tip cards referred to in step one. This is why you want to keep the deck in the proper order; it’s much easier to find the tip cards if they are in numerical order. Examples of creativity tip cards include “You need to dig into your instincts,” “You need to think like an explorer” and “You need to find a new problem.” On the back of each tip card is advice on how to implement it. For example, the tip card entitled “You need to reframe the issue” contains advice on what to do, why to do it and how. It also provides advice on next steps.
How useful is a tool like this?
More useful than you may think. Even if you are extremely creative, you will get stuck or feel uninspired from time to time. On the other hand, if your job only occasionally requires creative thinking and problem-solving, you may find yourself stuck for ideas more often than not. In that case, the Conjure Your Creativity card deck may be just what you need to jump-start your thinking.
Rather than just trying to force you into brute thinking new solutions, as the average ideation card deck does, this tool takes a different tack. It asks you to consider what the problem is – why you are unable to generate fresh ideas and insights. It then recommends steps to solve your creative impasse.
There may be multiple reasons you feel stuck, such as:
- You may not feel creative at this moment – but you NEED to be creative
- You may have generated too many ideas, and are now trying to figure out how to sort through them to decide which ones to implement
- You and your team may lack clarity on WHY you need new ideas
The point is that there’s not one universal explanation for why you may be creatively stuck. Conjure Your Creativity helps you get to the root of those barriers to creativity, so you can solve or sidestep them.
If you find yourself needing to be creative but unable to summon your muse, then I recommend you order the Conjure Your Creativity card deck. At US$25, it will definitely pay for itself the first time you use it.
If you’ve been training your team to deliver creative ideas on an ongoing basis, then the Conjure Your Creativity card deck could be the perfect way to reinforce the new behaviors you expect. Despite the fact that numerous studies show that creativity is a skill that can be cultivated and learned, the majority of business people still don’t believe they are creative. Thus, they are likely to get stuck at the very moments when their best ideas are needed. With a Conjure Your Creativity deck close at hand, they can break through their mental barriers and be contributing new ideas and insights in no time.
Conjure Your Creativity is part of a series of tip decks for successful work and living. Other In the Moment tip cards from Unstuck include Stop Your Procrastination, Boost Your Productivity and Stop Your Negative Thinking.
The Conjure Your Creativity card deck is available from the Unstuck.com website for US$25.