Ever feel not so fresh?
Creativity is utterly exhausting, emotionally, physically, psychologically. And writers are not the only ones who slam face first into the creative wall. Inspiration abandons all artists and entrepreneurs at some point.
Here are some tips to help get your creative gears cranking again.
Change Your Visuals
If your inner sanctum is no longer the Bat Cave of brilliance it once was, it’s time to decamp for more fertile pastures. Whoa, slow down there cowgirl. Before you break your lease, try a temporary relo and see if your output improves. Also, if the weather is nice and you have a laptop, try working outdoors.
Step Away from the Ledge
You’re too hard on yourself. Creative frustration is a big deal. But you won’t remain creatively constipated forever. Sooner or later, the blockage will pass. Self mental immolation won’t help and derails recovery. Don’t mope. Focus on other tasks and take care of yourself.
Exercise and Re-energize
A health mind needs a healthy body, or at least non-destructive behavior (yes, put the bottle down). You don’t have to become a gym rat. But physiological weakness saps psychological strength. Regular exercise improves blood flow and proper diet helps with focus. I personally enjoy running, not only because it boosts energy levels, but also because it is the one physical activity besides sex I can fit into my tight schedule.
Turn Off , Tune Out
I often forget how enslaved I am to the spinning hamster wheel that is my life. That is, until I unplug. And when I say unplug, I don’t put down the laptop and pick up the iPad. Step across the digital divide to the land that Facebook forgot. Drop out for a few days. Just leave a note to prevent a citywide manhunt.
Knock Off the Multi-tasking
Creativity is your jealous lover. When she doesn’t get your undivided attention, she’s leaving your sorry ass. Just because you were able to serial Tweet through that last round of deadlines doesn’t mean you can keep up that pace. Block out time on your calendar to devote to pure creative thought and work, and eliminate all distractions.
Soundtrack Your Creative Sessions
This doesn’t mean you re-order your iPod playlists. Start playing some soft background music. Jazz works best for me, but you may prefer more electronic of new world melodies. The key here is to add a layer of soothing background soundtrack to relax your mind. Try music you won’t screech along to. Vocals, in general, are distracting, defeating the purpose.
Find Your “Magic Hours”
I am much more creative in the mornings and useless after lunch. I prefer to skip lunch and keep plowing through to late afternoon cocktails. So my writing and creating is best focused during the a.m. hours. In the afternoon I focus on mechanics like research, outlines, pitches and other manual chores. But you may be more creative at night, and prefer to slog through the menial mulch during daylight hours. Be aware of how different times of day affect your creative energy and plan accordingly.
Keep an Idea Pad Handy
Not an iPad. An “Idea Pad.” Just because you’re hitting the wall doesn’t mean your mind is complete mush. Capture observations and feedback, as you normally should be doing, on a handy pocket notebook. The simple act of writing may help ungum your mental logjam. I can’t tell you how many million-dollar ideas I simply forgot, because I never wrote them down. Our world need not suffer.
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