In the wintertime, I sometimes feel a lack of inspiration for creative projects or for work. But instead of dwelling on this time of hibernating and giving into laziness or lack of inspiration, I try to find ways to rejuvenate my creativity. I thought I would share with you all some of the things I like to do to stay focused and fresh with creative thinking and creative doing, all working towards a creative calling.
1. Step out of your field.
As creatives, we are drawn to different forms of art all the time. Have you always dreamed of making videos? Of drawing or painting? Try something new for a hour or 30 minutes and try to gain a new perspective in creating something.
2. Surround yourself with new, creative people.
I am all about encouraging communities. One that I have loved in this blog world is #fireworkpeople, a place for world changers to gather and support each other in our passion endeavors. But make sure if you are a part of communities online that you take the extra effort to connect personally with people. Send an email to your favorite blogger or grab coffee with a local creative friend who you haven’t talked to in awhile. Hearing about their lives might just spark something within you.
3. Go with your gut. Go with your creative instincts.
One lesson I’ve learned throughout college is always be loyal to your original ideas. Often our first creative instincts are powerful. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t explore other avenues, but pay close attention to the idea sparks. To the first things that pop into your head.
4. Remove stress.
If we’re seeking creativity, it best comes it different situations for different people. If you are experiencing a lot of pressure, try taking a step back and reduce your stress and find a positive outlook. It’s all about how you view a situation and knowing that you experience stress, hard situations, and even bursts of inspiration for a reason–all in the right timing.
5. Use a different creative space.
One of the best advice I’ve heard in order to boost the creative process is to switch up our environment. Try working in a different part of your house or office. Go outside. Spend a couple hours in a coffee shop. Don’t be afraid to break your routine.
6. Exercise to clear your mind.
Working out always helps me mentally when it comes to getting work done and thinking creatively. Although I do not exercise as much as I should in the wintertime, I always see immediate benefits of taking care of our bodies in order to take care of our minds.
7. Organize your materials or clear out clutter.
Go through your craft supplies or your old photos. Look through the items in your desk or old notebooks. Seeing the materials I have already helps me to think of new projects and ideas. Also, get organized! Cleaning up your physical space always helps our minds to feel fresh!
Also, sometimes, writing things down and making lists like this one can help to foster creativity and new ideas. I always like to step away from the computer and write in a journal or notebook before diving deep into a creative project or even a blog post.
What are some ways you stay creative? I would love to know what your tips and tricks are!