Sometimes the creativity just isn’t there. Maybe you lack inspiration. Maybe you’re just dead tired and your brain feels like mush. But the show must go on! So how in the world do you manage when you are required to still be creative?
We’re constantly creating. Whether it’s for our clients, writing blog posts, or creating resources for the Bold Boss School Resource Library. We need to create A LOT. As you can imagine, we sometimes just run out of ideas. Gasp! And lately I’ve been seriously lacking in the creativity department and on the struggle bus when it comes to blog topics and stock photo creation specifically. Welp, I’m glad to announce that I’M BACK after taking a little time to get those creative juices flowing again so I’m here to share some of the ways I’ve helped spark my creativity again after my little inspiration block!
Try Something New
This actually came out of a response on a question I asked on our Facebook Group, the Bold Boss Tribe. I’ve been having a really hard time shutting off my brain and relaxing on the weekends so I asked for suggestions. One of our members suggested grabbing some watercolors and giving it a shot! While watercolor painting isn’t completely new to me, I haven’t done it in a very long time. And let me tell you, not only was it seriously relaxing but it also was really nice to create something that's not on a computer screen.
This new approach to creativity has really help spark so many ideas for the Bold Boss School Resource Library which was an area I’ve been having some trouble with in the creativity department and now I’m very excited to start using some of the paintings I've created as resources, backgrounds, and branding elements for the Resource Library! YAY!
So if there’s something you haven’t tried or done in a while, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Not only can it help relax your mind but it also helps you use different creative methods which ultimately helps spark your inspiration and creativity!
I’m not the type of person that can just push through until I figure out a solution. When I’m stuck on something, I need to sometimes walk away and give my brain a second to process what I'm trying to do. Sometimes that’s as simple as going on a quick walk with my dog or it’s an ongoing break like my weekly yoga class or rock climbing.
Either way, stepping away is essential for me personally. These are the times that I walk away from my laptop and phone and give myself a second to breath so I can come back with a fresh mind and perspective! This helps me come up with a creative solution to whatever it was that I was working on.
A few suggestions for my favorite ways to step away:
Go on a hike or walk
Run to the coffee shop
Take a trip to a museum (I favor art museums for creativity!)
Yes, you read that right. Have a little dance party total Grey's Anatomy style! Stuck on something? Pop on your favorite song and get up for a little dance. Rock out for the entire song (or two if you reallyyy need it). Like all these other suggestions it gives your brain a chance to rest for a few minutes while you enjoy your favorite song and get your body moving which is proven to be good for you! Double yes!
Take a Shower
This may sound a little crazy but I swear I get my best ideas in the shower. I’m not sure if there’s some magical effect the warm water has or my shampoo is actual fairy dust but I could rule the world if I could live in my shower.
Only downside is how do you remember those genius ideas by the time you get out? Well if you’re like me, you just repeat them over and over until you’re finally out of the shower but something I’ve started doing is leaving my phone right next to my towel so I can quickly dry my hands off and type myself a note. But I’m planning on treating myself to an Amazon Echo so I can just say “Alexa, remember my genius idea” and it will record it for me... Technology people!
This has a similar effect that watercolor painting in my first point has. It’s kind of a fun mindless activity that’s not on a screen. You’re creating something but it a low-pressure, stress-free way. You never know what will pop into my head once you really get going with your doodle so grab that pen and paper and get doodling! Don't plan. Just draw!
If you haven’t noticed, anything that gives your brain a chance to rest or use its creativity in a new way will absolutely do the trick in sparking your creativity and I hope some of these tips help get those creative juices flowing once again!
Share how you spark your creativity in the comments for others to see!