Many of you who work in the media industry, have your own business or side struggle might know the expectations of always being creative, having innovative and striking ideas. An artistic worker like a designer, photographer or editor needs to be creative all the time. It’s their job. Creativity is their fuel to generate great output. But just as a car can run out of fuel a person can run out of creativity. When you’ve reached that point there’s really no way by forcing yourself to be creative. There’s nothing to do but refilling your creativity tank by following our 5 tips to boost creativity!Creativity is the fuel that generates great output. Click To Tweet
1. Start with yourself
Mostly a lack of creativity is the result of you being unhappy or having something on your mind, which distracts you from everything else. So take a little time for yourself and consider these questions to identify the root of the problem:
- Why am I not creative right now?
- Which thoughts prevent me from being creative?
- Is there anything bothering me personally that I need to talk about with somebody?
- Am I having trouble with my boss’s feedback?
- Do my colleagues encourage/ discourage my work?
- Am I having trouble with somebody at work who keeps me from fulfilling my whole potential?
On the other side, there are certain questions you should not ask yourself while trying to be creative. Here are some examples:
- When do I have to pay my rent?
- Shall I switch insurance companies?
- I should call my mom again, she’ll probably be angry for not having heard from me for the past weeks?
You get the gist. Those questions are creativity killers! So stop right there!
2. Create a pleasant work atmosphere
You don’t feel great at your workplace? Well, face the problem and let’s change the situation. NOW! Find out if your workspace is beneficial for working creatively. If not, try and change the setup. Maybe move next to a window or change the lighting of your office. If you work in a loud environment or an open-plan office noise can also be very distracting. Find quiet spots where you can focus on your work. Personally, I love creating and listening to playlists. It gets me focused and my creative juices flowing. My favorite playlist for work right now is called „Beats to think to“. I can highly recommend it to you.
3. Try nature for a change
Alright, now that you got your workspace in order, let’s move on. Even if your office looks great now and is the perfect place to work, it is still possible to get stuck creatively now and then. Nature can be a big help in that moment. And no, I don’t mean you need to go wander in the forest or climb mountains. Just go outside, stroll around for awhile or sit in a park. And while on this break, try not think about your creative problem too much. Rather open your mind and free your head from unnecessary brain stuff. You can check out our post on how doing nothing can benefit your productivity. So just relax! The rest will sort itself out naturally.
4. Empty your mind with sport
If even nature can’t help you to get rid of your mental block, sport is most likely the way to go. I recommend running, as for me this is the perfect way to let go of all the steam I’ve gathered inside. Turn on some motivational sounds and just run without thinking about anything. You can do that in a fitness studio, or better jet combine it with tip Nr. 3 😉 . I can’t promise you that a run will fill you up with a whole new load of creativity but it definitely is a great opportunity to get rid of all the shit on your mind.
5. Indulge in some treatments
I personally can not work creatively without a piece of chocolate every day. Obviously, this is messing up my summer-body-in-the-making-routine but hell, the running make up for these treats. Sweets are like my personal reward for hard work and they are a great booster for creativity. But everybody has their own personal treatment. For some people, it might be smoking or treating themselves to a bottle of beer or two. Eventually, it doesn’t matter what you eat, drink or smoke, the main point is that you indulge your mind and body in things you like and things your creativity can benefit from.
I hope you liked this article and the steps I recommended. I too often get stuck in my mind when I am overthinking my ideas and strategies at work too much. These steps really help me to calm down and to refill my creativity tank. It is completely fine to get stuck in your head. Then you must face the fact that your creativity tank is empty. It’s time for a pit stop! So go ahead try the steps I mentioned in this post and tell me if it worked for you.
What do you do to boost your creativity? Do you have a favorite treatment? Let’s chat in the comments below!