Connect with us

Life

3 Ways to Keep Your Creative Juices Flowing When You Feel Uninspired

Published

on

how to find inspiration
Image Credit: Unsplash

Living in the Age of Information has its pros and cons. On the upside, we have immediate access to what seems like a limitless pool of information about anyone and anything known to mankind. On the downside, we have immediate access to what seems like a limitless pool of information about anyone and anything known to mankind.

For creative entrepreneurs, having this kind of access works well when it ignites a new idea, provokes an innovative thought or it opens up the door to grasp a new perspective. But more often than not, being plugged into the digital realm can feel suffocating when one is attempting to separate themselves from reproducing what is already in circulation.

Creativity is a gift that everyone has access to but not many know how to unwrap. It’s easy to get intimidated when you feel like what you produce is lackluster, even when you get tons of compliments.

It’s a normal feeling to want to be innovative and to want to be the one who introduces the next best thing to the world. Nonetheless, when it doesn’t happen as easily as you expect, you feel burnt out, uninspired, and frustrated.

Well, being creative doesn’t have to feel like just another “thing to do.” There are ways to get excited about your work in away that makes you leap at the opportunity to create something new again and again.

If you feel like you have too many bouts with the bug that steals your creative flow, here are three tips to help you shift your mind from being stifled to flowing so you can create again:

1. Change your environment

For creative entrepreneurs, inspiration is everything. Seeing the same walls or looking out the same window day after day can be a downer. Sometimes your creative mind needs a jumpstart.

You can do this by switching up where you choose to do your work. If you typically spend the majority of your time working from your office, leave your office, and find a local coffee shop to work from for a few hours.

Take in the sounds you hear, the aromas in the air and even people watch for a few moments. People alone are creative beings and you may pull a bit of creative energy just from being in a different room with people you’ve never seen before. The hustle and bustle of having others around you going to and from may keep your mind refreshed. Believe it or not, a little distraction may prove to be exactly what you need.

“All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.” – Bruce Lee

2. Change your established pattern of work

If you’re used to being a night owl because you think that your best work is done at 2am, try going to bed early and setting an alarm to wake up at 6am. If you’re not a morning person, you don’t have to adopt a new routine, just try shifting your thought process to thinking that you work well at any time of the day or night.

Whatever you tell yourself becomes your reality. Resist the urge to meander through your day hoping that when the moon is high, you’ll get a jolt of inspiration.

Sometimes an interruption in your regularly scheduled work pattern can be the catalyst in bringing forth your nest best project.

3. Change your mindset

One of the biggest blockers of creativity is the desire to be perfect or to outdo what you did the last time you had a creative itch. This desire often morphs into writer’s block and a lack of inspiration.

This desire also turns the pressure on and extinguishes the vibe you need to allow freedom in your work process. When you attempt to work under pressure, you leave little to no room for your mind to download new information into your creative system. So, don’t be too hard on yourself, just aim to produce and get results.

“My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.” – Sara Blakely

No matter if you take a small step or a large leap, any forward movement is progress. Someone once said that doing something new may bring you new results. If you want to get your creative juices flowing, do things you’ve never done. Try at least one of these tips today and see what difference it makes today.

Which one of these creative tips resonated most with you and why? Let us know below!

Maleeka Hollaway is a 3x Best-Selling Author, Serial Entrepreneur and Writer.  As a professional, Maleeka is obsessed with everything that has to do with success, leadership and small business growth. As a human being, Maleeka is infatuated with wanderlust, inspiring stories, and individuality. Follow her on Instagram and connect with her on Linkedin.

Advertisement
2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Many

    Mar 24, 2019 at 6:37 am

    First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask
    if you don’t mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing.
    I have had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out.

    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally
    lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or hints?
    Appreciate it!

  2. OM

    Nov 2, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Changing the environment has really helped me too. It changes your mood & diverts from thoughts and fear of being lazy & start the actual work.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Life

5 Personal Ground Rules for Navigating Today’s New Normal

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

On every continent across the globe, we have experienced unparalleled turbulence this year. In practically every which way, we have been challenged more than we ever thought possible. Most of us have had to adopt different ways of managing the stress that comes with a whirlwind of change. As we head into a New Year, there is a feeling of resilience that is starting to build.  (more…)

Continue Reading

Life

How to Recalibrate Your Relationship With Yourself

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

We are not given a blue-print for life. No rule book is alphabetically arranged that say for Fear turn to page 27 and for Anxiety page 57. There is only performance without rehearsals. We act, react and respond on the spot. Mostly, this is a factor of how we are feeling ‘in’ the moment which in turn depends on the type of thoughts that run in our mind throughout the day. (more…)

Continue Reading

Life

Here’s What You Can Do to Embrace Change in the Workplace

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

Change is at the core of our existence, and yet, we strive to dodge it and remain in our comfort zones by default. While not every shift in our lives is welcome, we need to accept that the root of improvement and personal and professional growth lies in the ability to accept and adapt to change. (more…)

Continue Reading

Life

8 Tips to Developing Better Boundaries in Your Life

Published

on

Image Credit: Unsplash

Boundaries have, for some time now, been elevated and promoted as a necessity to high-performance and productivity. By setting boundaries, people are allowed to focus on whatever they want and ensure a greater likelihood of achieving it. However, a life of boundaries, high-performance, and productivity are not solely for the Type-A high-achiever. Boundaries are for everyone. (more…)

Continue Reading

Trending