Written in collaboration with Design Bundles
Creativity is a useful skill in almost every area of our lives. From entrepreneurship, to designing party invites, creating pinterest banners for your blog, creating scrapbooks, printing pictures for your gallery walls, to problem solving, creating art, and designing our homes, creativity is what makes us unique.
Despite the widely held belief that some people just aren’t naturally creativity, “There’s not really any evidence that one person is inherently more creative than another,”. Creativity is something that anyone can cultivate.
But what do you do when you get writers block or struggle to come up with new ideas? There are lots of ways that you can refresh your mind and get your creativity back. Follow these steps to improve your creativity in both your home and work life.
Take a time out
Processing too much information can make your mind feel overwhelmed and put a stop to your productivity as well as your creativity. If your creativity is lacking, unplug. Relax. And let your brain take some time to refresh.
Sometimes your best ideas will come when you’re not wracking your brain trying to come up with the next great idea. A good night of rest will help you be more productive and creative. Maybe your next idea will come while you’re driving, exercising, walking, shopping, or on your daily commute. Don’t think about it too much and it will come to you naturally.
Find creative inspiration
Never expect creativity to just happen. Look for new sources of inspiration that will give you fresh ideas and motivate you. You could browse Design Bundles range of digital products such as Graphics, Templates, Mock Ups, Patterns, Illustrations and Craft Files for some creative inspiration. Find a halloween svg for your spooky themed party invites or a flower svg for a birthday card in their marketplace.
You could also read a book, visit a museum, listen to new music or engage in a creative debate with a friend to get your creative juices flowing. The key is to explore new images, sounds and environments when you want to come up with a new idea or solve a new problem.
Keep a track of your ideas
As people age, the number of creative ideas that come to them doesn’t necessarily slow, but they tend to capture fewer of them. When an idea comes to you, start making an effort to preserve it. Jot it down in a smartphone note, write it in a notebook or even sketch it on a napkin.
You could also keep a journal to follow your creative process and track the ideas you produce. A journal is a great way to reflect back on what you have accomplished and look for other possible solutions. This journal can be used to save ideas that can later serve as future inspiration. Make sure to note your creative successes in your journal as they too can serve as encouragement.
Network with other creatives
Associating yourself with fellow creative thinkers and doers allows you to learn new things and expand your horizons. Make sure to follow their creative endeavours as these could spark inspiration for you.
Once you have developed some basic creative skills, it is important to continually challenge yourself in order to further advance your abilities. Having a network of creatives within your industry is helpful in terms of gaining feedback and suggestions.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Someone within your network might mention something that generates a whole new stream of thought. The more ideas and perspectives, the better.
Brainstorm or Create an ideas board
Brainstorming is a common and powerful technique for developing your creativity. I use ideas/mood boards to visually record backgrounds, patterns, textures and motivational quotes.
Improve this process by suspending your judgement and self-criticism, then start writing down related ideas and possible solutions. The goal is to generate as many ideas as possible in a relatively short span of time. Next, focus on clarifying and refining your ideas in order to arrive at the best possible choice.
Take the pressure off
Avoid pressuring yourself to produce your best work. By limiting your expectations, you will remove the burden of having to come up with the “right” product. Instead, replace the stress with love and passion for what you’re doing.
Research has found that having a positive outlook on life encourages individuals to be more adventurous and enhances creative thinking. This overwhelming feeling of positivity makes individuals more flexible in their thoughts and, therefore, more creative.
How do you get creativity back after losing your creative inspiration? I’d love to know what you do to get your creative juices flowing. Let me know in the comments section below.