A while ago, I introduced a study
that showed that moderate ambient noise (70 decibels or so -- similar to what you'd hear in a coffee shop) can boost your ability to be creative and come up with ideas.
I just found an app/website called "COFFITIVITY
" that produces the sounds of a busy coffee shop, so you can have on-demand background noise wherever you are.
If you work at home or in a very quiet office where no one talks... this little noisemaker might be just the thing you need to jumpstart your creativity!
P.S. When I wrote this post, it was 12am and very quiet in the house. I threw in a little ambient noise using the Coffitivity app -- which I credit for helping me finish the post before bedtime.