Starting Saturday off with an apology to you all for the quiet week. I have had an inspiration shortage and a creative block until yesterday and I didn't want to share images and thoughts that were half attempts.
There was a time when I would have done that and then looked at my feed and deleted all the images. When I would have forced the process and it would have given you no value.
Can you relate to this?
Do you have a process for getting yourself back into a creative swing?
Yesterday I felt the inspired surge come back (hence now writing this) and I was thinking about what I had done to get back to that point as that is a potion worth bottling right?
So I figured it out and I am sharing it with you and others so that you can restart your creative engine should it run out of fuel.
What I do to get out of a creative slump
1 - RELAX - I know that's annoying to hear as I know how much you want to just get into productive and creative mode but some great person once one said INSERT AWESOME QUOTE ABOUT NOT FORCING CREATIVITY.....I am sure someone once said it but I could not find one so I am saying it.
'You can not force creativity it has to be allowed to flow' Mrs Jutson 2017
So by relaxing and allowing yourself to just be in that space you release the tension on your mind and your body to create something. Letting that pressure go frees up more space.
Using this time to do some mindfulness/meditation techniques is also something that I have been personally exploring. This is so super new to me but it really does make a difference when I do/don't do it. I use an app called 10% Happier
2 - COOK, DO - Some things in your daily life are really good as motivators to jump start getting things done. You can use these things as jump leads to feeling productive and in turn you end up freeing up your to do list and feeling energised to do more things.
You HAVE to do SOMETHING, motivation is not just going to appear. Creativity can not be forced in my mind, but motivation can be given a good kick up the bum.
I found that getting my house sorted and cooking a homemade meal were really good motivators for me yesterday and I felt motivated to get more done.
3 - HAVE A CUPPA - Invite a friend around, chat and have a cuppa. This week I have done this 3 times and each time it has opened up new conversations in my mind; allowing myself to switch off from the 'I MUST CREATE' thoughts which were consuming. Those conversations also brought out new ideas to be explored and battled out. Having another pair of ears on an idea or listening to what others are currently working on can also inspire you.
4 - GET OUT OF THE HOUSE - If you work for yourself, like me, then a lot of your time is spent in the house. Surrounded by the rest of your day-to-day tasks clogs up any free create space. SO GET OUT. Go for a walk in the park, go to a friends house for a chat, take your kids for a hot chocolate (I voted for this one yesterday). If you have the time I would 100% recommend a trip out to a forest or the sea (depending on your personal preference). Although I could not do this in the past few days it always gives me some head space and restarts my create flow.
5 - BOOKS, WRITING, MUSIC & MOVIES - This is my final personal tip for how I overcome a creative block and just start things again. This week, with my creativity at a bit of a stand still I have submerged myself into books, music and movies; connecting with others and their creativity through their work can also inspire your own creativity.
I also like to write lists and notes about everything and sometimes that is the way to wrk through a block as well. My most recent purchase was the 52 Lists Project