What does creativity mean to you? According to Bruce Garrabrandt, creativity isn’t a special, elusive feeling that motivates you to create.
“Creativity doesn’t wait for that perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments out of ordinary ones.” —Bruce Garrabrandt-
To be creative is to take action, waiting for a special moment won’t conjure up some magic creative juices, the best remedy for a creative slumber is to take massive action. This might not help you if you are struggling to get out of your creative slump as you read this however, there are a few adjustments that you can make to your life to facilitate the process of pulling yourself out of that rut of feeling less than your usual creative self.
Try Something New
One of the most effective ways of dragging yourself out of your creative rut is to try something new. Sign up to take a course or read a new book, something different, do something you have never done before, just do something.
Learn a New Skill
This connects to the previous point about trying something new. However, this time you are going to take a structured class to learn a whole new skill. Gain a new qualification and set yourself a few learning goals.
A few months ago, I struggled to pick up my laptop and write. It felt like I was picking up heavy metal every time I tried. I decided to shake myself up and set myself a new challenge. I set a challenge to write one short article per day. 500 words, easy, nothing too stressful for the brain. I would wake up at 6 am most mornings and open my laptop and write. By 7 am, my article was done and I had accomplished my goal of writing 500 words for that day. By the end of the first week, I felt different. My creativity had returned, the content was pretty drab actually but the simple act of putting words on a page lit some kind of fire in me. I was back.
If you are reading this and you really can’t find the spark in you to create. Set yourself a really easy challenge. It doesn’t have to be a difficult challenge, it can be really simple. Just think about the 2-minute rule. The idea that anything can be done if you just do it for two minutes. If you like to paint, set yourself a goal to paint for two minutes a day for the next 30 days.
I can almost gurantee you that after the first couple of days, you will want to paint for more than two minutes. Don’t be surprised if you forget the time and you end up painting from sunrise to sundown without noticing the time. That’s called flow state, where you are fully immersed in the task, you completely forget the world around you.
Spend Time With Different People
Sometimes a change is all you need, spending time with new people might spark that change in you. When you enrol in a new course for example, you will get to connect with new people. Even online courses might give you the opportunity to connect with new people. When you are doing something different, stepping outside your comfort zone, often you find yourself in new places and doing new and interesting things.
Meditation calms the mind, clears your thoughts and gives you a fresh, renewed feeling. Meditating for ten to 15 minutes per day can help you to get those creative juices running again.
Walking is a wonderful way to get your creative juices flowing again. Take long walks, change your route and see different places, clear your mind and leave space for new and creative ideas to flow and develop. You can even use your walking time to learn something new.
If you are feeling like your creativity has disappeared, try some of the tips in this article. Try something new, sign up for a new course, meet new people, set challenges, take a walk or meditate. You don’t have to try all these ideas at once but you can try one or two, you might notice a change as soon as you implement one of these effective creativity boosting tips.