We all want to be creative, right? Okay, maybe I’m a bit ahead of myself. Some of us, myself included, enjoy and thrive on being creative in many different aspects. Creative writing, creative arts, creative design; the list goes on and on. During the creative process road blocks can occur, throwing us off and causing us to reach a standstill. Very similar to writer’s block, creativity block keeps us from moving forward in the process.
1) Engage in physical activity; go for a walk, jog, shoot some hoops, dance, or just get outside and get some fresh air. This will get your mind off of the task at hand and give you the ability to start fresh when you return to your project.
2) A simple break is all that’s needed sometimes. Spend some time with friends, family, pets, etc.; watch TV, listen to music, scan the internet, stop by social media (which I am usually doing anyway), or read a book, newspaper or magazine. These are all excellent ways to engage our minds in other topics and off of our current project.
3) Change up your routine. If you normally begin a project late at night, try getting up early and starting right away. If your routine is already set that way, trying flipping it around. If you normally work in your room on your bed, try sitting in the kitchen at the table, and vice versa. A change of scenery may inspire something new. Make small, simple changes at first and see if that sparks your creativity.
4) Jot it down! When an idea strikes you, write it down. No pen or paper? Send yourself an email! These days most people have a smartphone that allows internet connection, so send yourself an email or a text. Refer back to it later when you need it. Don’t be that person that says “I don’t need to write it down, I’ll remember.” You won’t.
So when your creativity level is waning and you need a jump-start, try one of these four ideas to get back on track. Good luck!
While coming up with my thoughts/ideas on how to go about creating this blog, Michael Wesch’s video The Machine is Us/Using Us came to mind. I had to rethink the way I was going to showcase these ideas and the means in which I would present them to you, the audience. I hope it was enjoyable 🙂