There’s nothing worse than when you sit down to do something and the creativity you rely on is gone. You sit there for 10 minutes to an hour or more, trying to work but everything you come up with is useless.
Here are a couple of ways I try to jump start my creativity again:
1. GO FOR A WALK
This works for me 90% of the time. The biggest problem for me is sitting there for hours (coffee shop, my room, anywhere) and feeling so stuck and unmotivated. The space around me almost feels negative in a way. I find going for a walk really helps to clear my mind and it doesn’t hurt to get some fresh air!
After a short or long walk, I feel rejuvenated – more energy, more motivation and more creativity. Now when I sit down, my mind isn’t clouded. It’s able to restart and start being creative again!
2. LISTEN TO YOUR FAVOURITE MUSIC
I kid you not, a solo karaoke session will bring life back into you. When I’m struggling to be creative, I get unhappy, but there’s no way I can’t not rock out to my favourite jams. I love Phantom of the Opera – this is a good one to get your neighbours to hate you but you feel so good after, because you’re a born opera singer.
After a karaoke session, you’ll be feeling happy and ready to do work. Just be careful not to get sucked into the world of YouTube karaoke videos – you’ll never see an out. Also you’ll lose your voice after.
3. TALK TO SOMEONE
When you’re not feeling creative, you’re most likely also alone (in that moment). You feel like you need to be alone to focus and get work done, but sometimes that’s exactly what’s holding you back. I find talking to someone helps, regardless if it’s about your work or not.
Sometimes a different perspective is all you need, or just a word, an image or idea to jump start that creative flow again. You can’t always be creative alone – this is important to remember.
4. EAT OR TAKE A NAP
I’m not helping you procrastinate, I promise! Sometimes you end up overworking yourself or trying so hard to work that you forget that you’re hungry or so damn tired. You need energy to focus and get work done, so do what you need to do!
Just don’t take a nap when you know you’re not even that tired and you won’t wake up feeling better. You have to gauge this one yourself and it’s really easy to always say “I’ll do it after I sleep” and not commit to what you said. Learn self control, but also learn to take care of yourself.
I’m sure there are many other ways to get your creative mojo back, but these four are honestly the ones that work for me. Not just with creativity, but overall with motivation. I’ve learned I can’t force myself to do something if my mind isn’t in the right place to do it; I have to guide it back with the ways best for me.
What are some of your ways to get your creativity back?