Lost your Creative Spark?
Finding your creative spark in 2020 has been a little difficult for us all. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. In a world filled with distractions, you need to find your creative spark that will help you make it through. Whether it’s a deadline breathing down your neck, or a creative block, there is always a way around your roadblock.
As creatives, sometimes that creative spark can be elusive, but it is always there. We just have to coax it out in order to have it ignite to a full blown creative fire! There are so many tricks for you to spark your creativity but, these 8 are my favorite. They have helped me through so much creative block and, I would love to share my favorite tips with you.
Go on an Adventure
Sitting at your desk, trying to find inspiration can be difficult. However, if you can take the time to go on an adventure, you might find that spark to ignite creativity. You don’t need to call up Gandalf and go to Mordor to have some grand adventure. Just go outside for a walk with no real place in mind. Or go for a drive to some place new. You never know what you will find out there to help with that creative block.
New scenery, even if it’s just a new coffee shop or park bench could help those juices start flowing. If you are one of the many people working from home due to the current pandemic, an adventure could be good for you to get out of the house. The change of scenery can improve your mood, and when you’re happier, you may be more likely to be able to complete your task.
Learn Something New
This is one of my favorite things to do when I need inspiration. I love learning introductory information about a ton of different topics. From music trends to topics way above my pay grade like astro-physics. For me, shifting my brain from a daunting project to something that I have no clue about and have the opportunity to learn from has in the past helped me tremendously.
My favorite go-to when I am stuck on a project is to listen to a Podcast called “Ologies”. Every episode is an interview with an expert in their field, and they just give you the rundown of that subject. You never know what you’re going to learn, and it takes your mind off of your impending project for just long enough, that your brain sort of resets. Then comes the “Ah-ha!” moment.
Keep an Idea Book
I don’t know about you, but my best ideas come right before I fall asleep. So after several nights of amazing ideas that went forgotten in the morning, I decided to keep a pad of paper in my nightstand. Keeping a book like this is a great way to write down ideas when you’re on the go or just don’t want to forget them.
This is great because when you have a moment that you are having problems finding that creative spark, you can revisit these random ideas. You might not be able to expand on everything in your book, but at least your ideas won’t float away when you need them the most.
Make One Change in Your Morning Routine
Are you like so many others a creature of habit? Sometimes having the same routine, doing the same things over and over again can hurt your creative process. Instead of making the same old breakfast every morning, with the same shower time and drive to work, change it up! If you’re driving to work, take a different route. Don’t let the monotony of life take away your creative spark!
Don’t get me wrong, a routine is extremely helpful for a lot of people (myself included). However, if you’re stuck in a creative funk, try mixing it up a little bit. You don’t have to change everything, just one activity. It has been said that the mind is its most creative when it is groggy, so mix it up and see what happens!
Turn Off Your Phone, Computer or Other Distractions
Our world is filled with distractions, but some of them can actually be turned off (not your kids please). Technology is a wondrous advancement for us all, but do you ever find yourself unable to stop scrolling? When you can’t stop scrolling on your phone or computer, you’re actually stuck in something called a compulsion loop. This is when you engage in a chain of activities that will reward you with a release of dopamine. Except usually you’re just chasing that feeling because when we continuously scroll through social media posts, you usually end up sad.
To combat these distractions, start small. Turn off your phone and if you’re working on your computer, add an extension to turn off certain websites. Let your brain get its dopamine fix by completing its tasks, rather than scrolling endlessly for hours on end.
Take a Break
This is such an important tip. You need to let your brain rest when it’s working. It helps you reach your “ah-ha!” moment. Your brain is just like you, we all need a break sometimes to recharge and refocus. Sometimes when you are not hyper focused on something that you’re working on, your brain can breathe and come up with the solution on its own.
Take a Different Approach
This one can be difficult. If you have been doing something a specific way (or were told to do so), it can be difficult to look at a situation from another angle. As creatives, you might think of the old saying “think outside the box” as cheesy, but it is most likely because you don’t see the box. You need to be able to look at the full picture in order to really tackle that problem.
Brain dumps are a great way to keep your mind sharp, and in turn reignite that creative spark! A brain dump is when you just write down all of your ideas on a particular topic. No need to expand on any of them while you’re doing this though, just write, and keep writing. Sometimes when you feel like you need to expand on things, you get bogged down with the details; a brain dump is the opposite.
Take 10 to 15 minutes, no distractions, just you, and pen and paper, and just write. Any idea that pops into your head, no matter the topic, write it down. Do not stop. Let the ideas flow and do not judge them until the time is up. At the end of your brain dump, take a look at all of your ideas and start separating them into different categories and whether or not they are useful. Something there is bound to be useful in your quest for finding your creative spark.
So, Have You Found Your Creative Spark Yet?
We all have those moments where you just can’t see the solution. It is okay to feel like that! However, it’s not okay to just give up. If something isn’t working, or you just can’t seem to get the results that you want, try one of these tips and hopefully, you will be able to figure out the solution. Creativity can be fickle but, with a little bit of coaxing, you too can work past your blockage to find that creative spark that will ignite your next project.
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