What is creativity, is it the ability to write a book, paint a picture or build a website, people are creative in different ways. You don’t have to be an artist to be creative.
When I’m feeling stuck for ideas I take a break, go for a walk, or go to the gym. I’ve even been known to go to the pub for a beer or two.
The point is that it doesn’t matter how you do it, but sometimes it’s good to take a break. It’s especially good if you can do something different, something that excites you and gets your energy flowing. It gives you chance to come at things from a different angle.
Imagine you’re working on something, it could be building a website or writing blog posts, there’s a chance that you’ll try to get things done as quickly as possible. I’m guilty of this I’ve done it time after time and I’ve just realised that trying to work for too long kills my creativity.
Hayley is on my case now, she get’s me to write a list of what I have to do for the day. If something’s important, it’s done that day. If it’s not, it gets added to the next days’ list until it becomes important and then it’s done on time.
My old stressed out scattergun approach has been scrapped. In favour of a more relaxed way of working. Being organised and working in shorter bursts, has definitely boosted my creativity.
You can’t force yourself to be creative. Even if you have a deadline to meet, trying to force yourself to produce something just won’t work.
You could sit staring at a blank screen for an hour, even though you’re in your workspace, staring at a screen or a blank piece of paper doesn’t mean you’re working, it would be far better and more productive to take a break.
If you live in a nice area you could go for a walk in the park, if you don’t live in a nice area put some music on and have a coffee(maybe) that’s one of my favourites. Although at the moment I’m in Sihanoukville near a nice quiet beach, which is perfect for a nice walk when I need a break.
I’ve also realised that taking notes boosts my creativity. I reckon that this is a habit that many successful people have. I’ve started writing things down about travelling or any interesting days out. Later when I have a look through my notebook I find a few scribbled notes about something, then the memories come flooding back, this is an excellent way to come up with writing material.
A favourite creativity trick of Hayley’s is to bring up her old photo albums on her I phone, look for pictures that stick out…. then write about those pictures, the stories behind them.
I started this post about 2 months ago I thought a post on creativity would be good, with a list of tips. In my mind, this was a list of great tips with bullet points and everything, then nothing,it just vansihed. I couldn’t come up with anything that I thought was good enough.
I do research things if I have to, but I prefer to write off the cuff. Sometimes things just come to me but it wasn’t happening so I left it.
I was looking through my notebook tonight and it just flowed, good or bad I’ve enjoyed writing this. The point is that you can’t force creativity, everyone’s different maybe some people can produce consistently good work and write amazing blog posts on 4hrs sleep a night 5 days a week, but I can’t. And now I’ve stopped trying, I’m more creative than ever and a lot happier.
I could write a list of tips on creativity that have been written and rewritten by different people at different times, but I don’t have to because they all come down to the same thing… try to relax and take breaks.
I struggle with this as I know many people do but that’s how it is. If you’re struggling for ideas take a break, do something out of the ordinary or simply go for a walk… that’s when the inspiration and magic happens.
Good luck and have fun