Creativity is a funny thing. Sometimes you have it, other times you just don’t, which makes life more than a little difficult when you are in the business of being creative (and arguably all businesses require creativity in some form or another to be successful).
So what do you do when that creativity dries up? When there’s nothing left in the well to draw from? When that spark of inspiration just isn’t there and no amount of staring at a blank screen is going to get you anywhere? Go to your happy place!
5 Ways to Connect with Your Creativity on a Daily Basis
Think of your creativity as a well – one that takes a while to dry up, but also takes a while to fill back up. If you spend all your time and energy draining your creative energy, expect that when you get stuck, you will stay stuck for a while.
That’s why it’s important to maintain your creative energy on a daily basis, adding to your well a few drops at a time (or bucket loads if your business demands a lot of creativity). A few ideas on how to stay connected with your creativity:
#1: Surround Yourself with Inspiration – Indulge your senses – any or all of them – on a daily basis. Treat yourself to a decadent morning latte, decorate your office walls with photos of people and places that inspire you, or dress yourself in your favorite comfy clothes. What you choose doesn’t matter as much as making inspiration a habit.
#2: Quiet the Clutter – That pile of bills that you keep thinking about paying? The flashing light that tells you new messages are waiting? The sticky notes loudly announcing the brilliant ideas you have yet to follow-up on? All of them only serve to distract and drain your creativity. Tell them to be quiet!
#3: Avoid Energy Vampires – Recognize the people, activities or situations that drain you. If it’s a toxic relationship or client, ditch them. If it’s a dreaded administrative task, delegate it or tackle it quickly and reward yourself after. If it’s a situation, like sitting through endless meetings, recreate your work rules to minimize them.
#4: Stay Grounded – Find an object that helps you stay grounded and focused on your values. For me, it’s a Plumeria flower necklace that I use as a reminder that I wish to live my life as a holiday – one filled with happiness, adventure and enjoyment. Just holding it makes me smile.
#5: Take Creative Breaks – Give yourself a break from all the thinking, creative work by including creative breaks in your daily routine. The purpose is to give yourself creative downtime so reading a business book does not count. It should involve a mindless task that you find relaxing and perhaps even a little ordinary or boring, like gardening or cooking.
What do you do to go to your happy place? Share your tips in the comments below!