Okay, if you’re in some sort of profession that requires you to create, you can probably relate to the struggle.
Have you ever been in a position where you just weren’t feeling it, and whatever it was that you pulled together made absolutely no sense?!
The struggle is REAL, my friends.
There’s such a thing as forced creativity. Been there, done that. I’m a fine example of this. This blog, for one, on some days, can be hard to maintain. Especially since I try to post at least 4 days a week.
That’s almost an entire week of coming up with creative ideas that won’t make you bored to death, creating content that I believe with resonate with readers, and producing something that is at least cohesive at best.
It’s A LOT of work.
So, that means I’m always testing out new ways to staying inspired.
Here are a few I came up with:
Listen to other people.
Truth be told — by being an observer, listening to others and not just waiting for our turn to speak, we absorb and learn so much more. I’m one of those people, who anytime meets someone a lot older than me that’s living a happy and enriched life, I start asking hundreds of questions because I want to know HOW they did it.
Hearing a different perspective other than your own is refreshing.
We can not only learn from ourselves, but learn from others’ experiences, which serve as a great reference point for inspiration.
Write down scraps of ideas, phrases, or keywords.
Who says ideas have to be fully fleshed out? Creativity can be a long-drawn out process. By collecting bits and pieces of inspiration wherever you go, you have a great “vision board” to pull from to create.
I brainstorm in my iPhone notes, so I have a list of ideas that’s ongoing and are accessible when it comes time to execute.
Pinterest is like the wonderland of inspiration. The best part is with the “Explore” option, I end up discovering creative ideas, projects, and content that I could have never dreamt of.
Everything from quotes, DIY projects to wedding inspiration.
The possibilities are endless.
Change your atmosphere.
Anyone else work better in a bustling coffee shop than in a cubicle ? Harvard Business Review recently published an interesting article explaining a correlation between concentration and noise level. Especially for creative work, there needs to be at least some background noise.
In truth, many cubicles in offices are enclosed, shut off, or restricted that it really can seem like a physical barrier to doing our best work, but maybe that’s just me!
Try a new technique.
I really think that creativity is psychological. Blogging can be a difficult task on days when the ideas just aren’t flowing. I don’t want to force myself to create because I think readers can really sense when something is forced and half-heartedly executed.
So, I discovered a new technique!
Instead of forcing myself to sit in front of a computer and write, I started texting out my whole blog post in my iPhone notes! Mentally, it’s just like texting, which is super easy to do.
That simple mental shift helps me to better create.
Sometimes, you just have to get a little bit creative in what works best for you 😉
Clean up your workspace.
Ever heard of #workspacegoals? If you scroll through Instagram or Pinterest, you’ll see no shortage of beautiful workspaces with lots of natural light, inspiring decor, and cute office supplies.
Making sure that your environment is well-maintained, clean, and has everything you need is essential to helping you carry out your tasks in doing work.
Besides, who wants to work in a messy environment, anyways?!
What keeps you inspired? How do you overcome roadblocks when it comes to creativity?