I have spent the past few years exploring theories of creativity with the keen interest only an upbringing favouring hard sciences and maths can engender. Having worked in the marketing field, I\u2019ve been exposed to \u2018creative types\u2019, seminars on thinking outside the box, brainstorming tutorials, and numerous professionals with opinions on the matter.\u00a0If there is one industry that knows how to commercialise creativity, it\u2019s marketing.\r\n\r\nCommercialism aside, the theories of creativity I discovered did make huge differences to my own thinking and creative processes. However, there was one nugget of wisdom that has had a huge impact on the way I think about my work and my life:\r\nYour output is defined by your input."\r\nI tend to think of this in the mode of 90\u2019s dieting commercials: \u201cYou are what you eat\u201d. Essentially the concept is that if you have an ordinary, everyday life and set of experiences, you\u2019re probably going to produce work that is pretty average. Conversely, if you\u2019ve just spent 2 months traversing India in a rickshaw with not much bar your passport and a few pairs of not-so-fresh underwear, you\u2019re probably going to be creating on a whole different level.\r\n\r\nThere are a huge number of ways you can go about making your input more extraordinary. Here is a by no means exhaustive list of 8 ways you can break out of your comfort zone and explore more of what life has to offer:\r\n1. Change your routine\r\nDo you work roughly the same hours each week, see the same friends, cook the same dishes? It\u2019s time to get out of your routine. Try taking a day off to go to a garden, the beach, or just see how far you can drive before you have to turn back. Whatever you decide to do, make it something you haven\u2019t done in weeks (or ever).\r\n\r\nThe perfect kickstart for your creativity? The breathtaking views from Mount Titlis in Switzerland.\r\n2. Travel\r\nI could rant about the benefits of travel but I know how big, impossible, scary and expensive it can seem from the comfort of your home. So I\u2019ll just leave you with this: it\u2019s never as big, impossible, scary or expensive as it seems from your couch. Start small if you have to and don\u2019t be afraid to go it alone.\r\n3. Look up\r\nPeople rarely look up. Do. There may not be anything particularly interesting, but it can certainly change your mindset that day.\r\n4. Do something physical\r\nGet out of your head and spend time feeling your body move (or struggle). Skip the run and try something new: go kayaking, take a trapeze class, or try beach yoga.\r\n5. Talk to strangers\r\nI know, they can be weird and creepy. But maybe you can write them into a character? A bar job is great for this.\r\n\r\nCreativity comes in all forms\u2026\r\n6. Take a class in a different kind of creative endeavour\r\nI\u2019ve tried them all and failed at most. Whether you find something new, or develop more of an appreciation for your own discipline, you can\u2019t lose. Most community colleges have classes in various forms of painting and drawing, sewing, cooking and design.\r\n7. Stop for a busker\r\nSome of these guys can be seriously talented, and it costs you next to nothing. The best thing is, standing on the pavement for 10 minutes really pulls you out of the average day you were going to have.\r\n8. Watch TED talks\r\nSome of the best creative minds worldwide in one website. It\u2019s inspiring, educational and easy (you can check out the website and talks here, or have a look at what TED talks Writer's Edit are discussing here, and here).