Let’s face it…. we all go through creative slumps and blocks that can lead to avoidance of the things that truly need to be done to create the amazing work we are put here to do. (Do I feel a Bachelor marathon coming on!) But for real, the good news is there are universal tricks to help you pick yourself up and get creating again! (Put the remote down and walk away slowly)
“When you have exhausted all the possibilities, remember this; you haven’t” ~Thomas Edison
Creating a personal brand, coming up with consistent epic content and living an awesome life requires you to learn how to move through your blocks quickly to get your creativity flowing ASAP. After several years of working for myself and creating a personal brand that feels authentic and teaches people something they want to know, I have definitely learned a few of my own jedi tricks to get back on track. And as it turns out most of the tricks I use that re-inspire creativity and help me get un-stuck are backed up by modern science.
What can you do right away to break through creative blocks and get un-stuck?
Here are my top 10 ways to keep the creative juices flowing…..
1. Explore a New Kind of Movement:
You probably know regular exercise is essential to health and happiness but you may not realize it is also essential to your creativity. Through physical movement you can change your energy not only in your body but also and your mind. Different types of movement have different effects on your energetic body. By physically moving in a new and unique way you may also find new solutions or creative inspirations. There are countless options: running, walking, yoga, tai chi, qui gong, various dance classes, weight lifting, stretching, the list goes on and on. Pick one you never thought to try and see what happens!
2. Take a Nap
There are times that you may have worked yourself into a negative spiral or thought pattern or perhaps you are just plain exhausted. Taking a quick nap can break your patterns of thought and revitalize your brain and body. Numerous studies show naps can boost your mood, improve performance and create better focus. Not to mention your dream state can provide you with even deeper insight or inspiration. Take a quick nap and wake up reinspired!
3. Have a Thoughtful Conversation
There is nothing better then having a great conversation that leaves you feeling happy and inspired right? If you are feeling stuck, talking your thoughts out with someone can lend towards insight you can’t get on your own. We are social beings and nothing truly great is ever created in isolation but through collaboration, it’s simply our nature. Also, if something is weighing heavy on your mind it can be extremely difficult to be creatively inspired. Talk it out, have the perhaps difficult conversation you know you need to have and then get back to work refreshed and with a newfound perspective!
4. Take Intentional Breaks or Project Jump
Albert Einstein is (not so) famously known for taking breaks from his scientific discoveries to practice the violin. Elon Musk has been busy not only inventing revolutionary space rockets over the past few years, but he’s also been working to innovate on battery cells, solar energy, and electronic vehicles. Studies have shown by intentionally switching from one project to another or simply scheduling intentional breaks can increase creative ideas. This time allows for what is known as step 2 of the 5 steps to creativity; Incubation of a creative idea and it is essential to the creative process. Letting your thoughts “incubate” by placing your attention elsewhere allows for different areas of the brain to connect and reach new insights.
5. Break Out the Pen and Paper
Numerous studies have found that writing with pen and paper instead of typing helps to increase creative thought. Ditch the laptop for a little while and physically write out your thoughts and ideas.
6. Go Outside
Ahhhh mother nature. Even though study after study tells us so, I think we also all intrinsically know that spending some quality time in a natural environment changes our energy levels and makes us feel good! If you are feeling stuck and need some inspiration going outside can re-invigorate our thoughts and inspire new levels of creative thinking. The more natural the environment the better!
7. Immerse Your Senses
This is one of my personal favorites. Playing with our senses can lead to new insights and creative thoughts and it’s just plain fun. Listen to music, eat a delicious snack or meal, look at something beautiful or interesting, get a massage, or use aromatherapy. Play with your senses and wait for the good ideas to roll in!
8. Surrender or Accept Failure
Creativity requires you to stay in possibility or uncertainty. It is important to realize ideas won’t always lead somewhere. Creative ideas seem to have a natural spiral of excitement and despair and even in the face of seeming failure you just have to keep at it. It is important to recognize your ideas are not you, if something doesn’t work it doesn’t mean anything about you. Surrendering to your creative ideas not working may be just the liberation you need to move on to the next idea or creative endeavor that will succeed.
9. Healthy Distraction
Many studies have shown that having background noises or distractions can actually increase your creative flow or output. If you feel stuck and have been in a quiet office all day try to sit on a bench outdoors or work from a coffee shop it can help to get your creative groove going again.
10. Get Present
Stop comparing today with yesterday. Let go of the past and get out of thoughts about future results, they are both distracting you. Only this moment is real. The easiest way to get present is to simply close your eyes and focus on your breath and say to yourself “I am a new person in this moment.” Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, you got this!
And if none of those actions help to re-inspire your creativity and get you un-stuck just remember;
“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work” ~Chuck Close
Now I would like to hear from you, do you use any of the above to help increase your creativity? Do you have any other actionable tips or tricks to help re-inspire your creativity when you are feeling stuck?