Completing any task which requires creativity is a dream for most of us and something daunting for others, but even the most creative people in the world have days where they have to dig a little deeper in order to find that creative genius.
So, how to do you keep it flowing every single day?
Well there are plenty of things that you can do right now to ensure that you keep your creativity flowing each day, here are our top ten ways to stay creative.
Get some sleep!
It may not be the first tip that you were expecting, but research has shown that we are far more productive, capable, and creative when we get a good night’s sleep. For most adults this should be between 7 – 9 hours (more for teenagers and less for seniors), now I’m not saying that you have to be in bed every night at 9pm, but if you want to be performing at your peak, you will need to ensure that your body and mind are both well rested.
This of course should be done at a level which is correct for yourself, but regular exercise will improve your thinking and creativity, recent studies shown a link between the two, it also leads to so many other benefits other than creativity.
Go to a gallery
Taking inspiration from others is a great way to build creativity, in some cases going to a gallery or looking at the work of others within your chosen field can give you the boost that you need. These days of course, it may be a little harder to visit a specific location, but there are always online galleries and sites to give that same inspiration. If you’re a writer, then read some of the classics, it’s so easy to download a great eBook directly to your cell phone or tablet and there is an abundance of great literature available for free.
Collaborating on a project with someone else can help you learn new techniques, give you further inspiration and regain that creativity (they’re also going to benefit from working with you too).
Listen to music
Music has a great impact on creativity, select the right songs and you’ll be surprised at how much more creative you become. If you have a subscription to services like Spotify, you’ll find dedicated playlists specifically for keeping you in a creative state.
Switch off your cellphone
For some people this is the hardest task, we are forever checking social media, emails, texts, phone calls etc. STOP, for a short moment (where safe to do so) just switch it off and have a moment without the constant interruptions.
Find some space
Now this can be different for us all, but having the right space for creativity is a very personal thing, for some, writing in a café with a coffee by your laptop is perfect, for others it has to be a quiet room with zero distractions. Given time you will have a good idea as to which environment produces the best results for you (mine is a quiet room), once you know which is best, use it!
Go for a walk
The temptation when working on a creative project is to keep going regardless, if you hit that creative wall then the best thing to do is stop. Go grab a coffee, go for a walk, a drive or simply just get out into the fresh air, a break for 30 minutes can make a massive difference.
Sometimes the best thing to do is to just create, it doesn’t have to be any good, you’re not going to show anyone (unless it’s amazing of course), but the act of taking the pressure off of yourself can kick start you back into the creative flow.
And no, you don’t have to shave your head and sit cross-legged by a stream in the Himalayan Mountains! Meditation is a powerful way of cleansing your mind and letting go of thoughts which do you no service, meditating for just 15 mins can bring you back on track and will make you feel a great deal better too. There are plenty of ways to learn, but having been on a course with Karen Denega, I can highly recommend her website for further details
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