What Sparks Your Creativity?
Have you experienced the feeling of being stuck in a creative rut? If you’re nodding your head yes, you probably agree that it’s not the best feeling. The lack of inspiration that fuels this annoying phenomenon is something that many professionals encounter more than a just few times in their career. If you work in a creative field where you are constantly producing, you’re more likely to experience a creative rut than if you’re working in a field like sales or operations. Production requires true creative output and sometimes you run out of the spark that keeps you on point.
Think back to the last time you experienced a moment where you had a difficult time procuring new ideas for a creative project. What did you feel in that moment? If you can recall a time where you’ve felt stuck, and unable to produce new ideas, what did you do to get out of it?
There are many ways to solve the issue of a creative rut. Most of the time, it requires that you make a small adjustment that takes you out of your normal schedule. By switching things up and exposing yourself to a new experience, you can easily introduce a bit of newness into your day which will help kickstart your creativity and get you back to a place of feeling inspired.
This leads us to a very important question: what sparks your creativity?
It’s important to get to the root of what inspires you and explore ways to reignite your creativity once you land in that sometimes unavoidable rut. This is a common practice of artists and writers, and helps provide an anchor for when you lose creative energy. Here are some simple ways to get your creative spark back if you’re feeling dull:
#1 Talk to someone.
Feel like you need something to kickstart your productivity? Take a quick break and either call a friend or chat with one of your coworkers. Through conversation you will learn new ideas, and might even find a solution to your current creative dilemma that you wouldn’t have found if you hadn’t opened up to another human being. Talking is the best method of expression and will help you get to a better headspace.
#2 - Go outside.
The best thing you can do for yourself when experiencing lack of creativity or inspiration is to remove yourself from your immediate environment. In order to leave behind any sense of mundane that’s contributing to your rut, get out of the house or office go somewhere you’ve never been before. Try a museum, coffee shop, thrift store, or pretty outdoor area –– any of these places have the ability to help clear your mind and get you a fresh start.
#3 Clear your mind.
If you’re searching for your creative spark but feel like you’re having a hard time finding it, try setting aside some time to take a deep breath and slow down. Clearing your mind may seem like a simple task, but it’s actually more complex than you think. Whether you slow things down through meditation or by taking a yoga class, your intention to get back to the basics and rid your mind of any stress will help you create a solid foundation to get started again.
Are there specific methods you use to reignite your creativity? If so, let us know in the comments section below.
Over the next month, we will speak with leaders in various fields about the ways they keep their creative spark aflame and any advice they have for others looking to try new ways to do so themselves. Stay tuned!