Ways to Revive Your Creativity
We’ve all been there. You went through a period where you had what felt like all of the ideas. They flowed through you like water and you constantly wanted to create + put your work out into the world! And then, bam. A screeching halt – for whatever reason, you’re finding yourself in a creative rut and needing to bust out.
If you see yourself in these words we want you to know two things: One, that it’s completely normal! Creativity ebbs and flows and it’s impossible to always be in creation mode. Like anything, there are seasons and even though you may be finding yourself in your creation Winter, doesn’t mean that your blooming-idea-Spring isn’t just around the bend. And two, there are ways to feel inspired again! We have been in your shoes and are sharing our top tips for reviving your creative spark.
First things first, do something different.
We all know that famous quote, “To get something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” Well, the same can be said for finding your creative inspiration! Don’t worry, you don’t necessarily have to do things you’ve never done before, but do something different than you normally would.
Sign-up for a 6-week pottery class, take a different route on your morning walk and take the time to look at the passing flowers, take a workshop at your community center on a subject you know nothing about… we often find just what we’re looking for in the least expected places.
Our second tip would be to take a step back.
Often, our creative well is dried up because we’ve been spending too much time doing and not enough living. If you’re able, take a week off work and give yourself the well-deserved time to rest + reflect on all you’ve accomplished. And while you’re at it, do a whole lot of nothing! Take a soak in your bathtub, finally get to that 11am yoga class and go out for lunch with a friend.
If you’re not able to take an extended time away, that’s okay! Carving out an hour for yourself each day to do whatever feels good + setting boundaries around working hours can have the same effect.
Lastly, don’t forget the power of a brainstorm!
If you have a team, remember to ask for their input and ideas for a future product line, marketing campaign or ways to get creative just-for-fun too. Having people to combine heads with is part of the fun and privilege of being able to work with a wonderful group of people!
No team? No problem! Corral a group of fellow entrepreneurs together and start a once a week brainstorm sesh where you can go over how you’re feeling, what’s working, what’s not + try to creative problem solve with one another. It’s often an incredible think tank!
Tell us: What do you do when you find yourself in a creative rut?