Get more creative by limiting yourself

Creativity can procent be a tricky thing. Sometimes the ideas just seem to flow effortlessly, and other times it feels like there’s a wall blocking all creative avenues.

Then various limitations can actually be a greater catalyst for creativity than being able to think completely freely. It may sound counterintuitive, but it’s usually true because the brain needs something to brace against in order to think.

In fact, some of the greatest works of art and inventions were created under strict constraints.

Here are some tips for using limitations to boost your creativity.

Set tough frames

The first step is to set clear and specific constraints on your creative project. This can be anything from a limited budget, a specific time frame or a certain theme or topic. Whatever it is, make sure boundaries are clearly defined and communicated to everyone involved.

Focus on the challenge

Once your limitations are in place, it’s important to stay focused on the challenge. Instead of getting stuck in the limitations and rejecting ideas, also be positive about what breaks the limitations and stay focused on what you are trying to achieve.

This can help you stay motivated and avoid feeling discouraged or frustrated by the limitations you set.

Brainstorm with the limitations in mind

When brainstorming ideas, consider the limitations. It may mean thinking outside the box or considering unusual or unconventional approaches. Let the limitations be the start of your thinking but don’t lock yourself in completely. By thinking creatively within the boundaries, you can come up with innovative solutions and ideas that you might not otherwise have thought of.

Accept mistakes

Mistakes are a natural part of the creative process. Don’t be afraid to make them! Instead, see them as opportunities to learn and grow. When you encounter a roadblock or a setback, use it as an opportunity to rethink your approach and come up with a new solution. If you don’t achieve all the restrictions, maybe it’s ok?


Working with others can be a great way to spark creativity and generate new ideas. When working within constraints, collaborating with others can help you see things from a different perspective and come up with solutions you might not have thought of on your own.

Take breaks

Finally, don’t forget to take breaks! Creative work within constraints can be mentally taxing, and taking breaks can help you recharge and come back to your work with fresh eyes.

Use your breaks to do something that inspires you, whether it’s going for a walk, listening to music or reading a book. The brain is aware of the limitations you set even when you relax.

By using constraints as a catalyst for creativity, you can break through creative roadblocks and come up with innovative solutions that you might not have otherwise considered.

Give it a try and see what you can create!