Was there ever a time in your life that you thought of yourself a creative person? And do you sometimes find that the world around buzzes too intensely with information, making it increasingly harder to get a creative thought in edge-wise? According to Julia Cameron, renowned author of the seminal book, The Artist’s Way, “The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.”

Luckily, there are ways to improve your creativity that can be practiced everyday and little things we can do to bring out this quality that we all have deep inside. More often than not, it just takes a little time—of which you probably have plenty during your daily commute. The following creativity exercises, some of which are focused meditations, offer ways to work on clearing the creativity channels in your mind that can be practiced during this “dead time,” so that “not having time” can never be your excuse again!

1. Go Jedi
A great way to increase creativity is to use your time on the train or in the car to consciously push out negative thoughts. Each time you feel anxious or negative thoughts start to creep in during this time (which naturally happens to many of us), make up your mind to stop them in their tracks. A calm mind is usually a more creative mind.

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