Tuesday, May 7, 2013

5 Ways to Reboot Creativity For When You Just...Can't...Any...More...

Creativity is a fickle muse. You can't beat it out of a person, and you can't force it. It comes and goes as it pleases. Several years of being forced to be creative on demand for the man and lots of research have helped me pinpoint specific ways you can attempt to reboot your creativity and get back to writing, crafting, and designing!

1. Step AWAY From the Computer / Take a Break
Sometimes you have to buckle down and power through to accomplish your goals, but when creative block hits and you can't work for another second without screaming, switch to another, non-computer task.

2. Get Moving: Walks and Workouts
Exercise is a proven creativity booster, start slow and introduce a daily exercise routine. It can be as simple and walking around your neighborhood or workspace. I try to bike or walk daily.

3. New Experiences, Go Somewhere Different, Explore
I see so much of my colorful neighborhood while walking that I never do while speeding through in my car. Start with exploring your own back yard and branch out, check out a restaurant in town you've been dying to see or visit a new park.

4. Change-Up Your Work Area/Environment
I constantly change-up my work-space, adding new inspiring photos, rearranging the art, streamlining things for efficiency and keeping things fresh. It's a gimmick, but it helps!

Try my favorite brain/healthy skin smoothies, double duty! I use frozen berries and extra virgin coconut oil:

5. Eat Brain Food
Your brain must FEED to keep the creative juices flowing. In an emergency, caffeine will help! Instead of relying on caffeine, try to incorporate:

Try: Omegas from flax seeds/oil and fish/fish oil, coconut oil, whole grains (for lasting energy), broccoli, tomatoes, nuts, pumpkin seeds, blueberries are all excellent choices for brain boosting. Start the day with oatmeal sprinkled with blueberries and ground flax seeds or one of my smoothie recipes above.

Bonus: Combining physical activity and a new experience is said to be the greatest creative booster. Go running with...an octopus. Learn fly fishing, go canoeing, sky dive with an Optimus Prime, try something novel that keeps you moving!

Got any tips for creativity and motivation? I'd love to hear 'em, do share in the comments!
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  1. Perfect tips! I work in an large, old building and unfortunately I don't have a window in my office. When I'm feeling extremely stuck I will take a 5-10 minute walk around to freshen my brain and see a little sunlight!

    1. When I worked in office buildings people would often take short power walks around the building to get fresh air, sunlight, and get the blood pumping! I would sometimes thrift or window shop on my breaks for inspiration.

  2. My work environment is nice; I work in a old new england house with a porch, and my boss's mom lives upstairs with her cute little dog. It's the home office that needed work, and I recently took on that challenge. Since I crochet, I put on nice baskets of different yarn colors, and hung vintage crochet patterns. I recently bought a 1920s flapper doll at an estate sale that now sits on my desk. I also like to resell my vintage items, and keep a nice display out to enjoy until it goes to live with someone else.

  3. This could be included with #2 - DANCE! Nothing gets me more motivated than to turn up the music and dance, dance, dance! Do the 80's valley girl finger snap dance, do the robot, twerk it, strut it like you're on the catwalk, slide across the floor in your socks! Might not be the best to do if you work in an office but it's quite the stress reliever/energy booster if you work from home :)

  4. Love these tips! Taking a break can sometimes be more inspirational. I like to keep a notepad and pencil with me at all times. So even when I walk away from the computer, I can write my thoughts and ideas down so I don't forget them.

    1. That's a good one I left out, Noel. Me too, I never leave the house without the same and always jot down ideas. Gotta do it before you lose it!

  5. Such great tips :) Creativity is everywhere you just have to know where to look :)

    1. The muse is around every corner. I did some thrifting and gardening today to break routine and it inspired me to work on my brand.

  6. Three ways I like to recharge my creativity and motivation:

    1) Like you, I like to work out, esp outdoors. I find I get a great burst of energy once I get some fresh air and my heart pumping.

    2) Getting more sleep. I have a bad habit of not getting enough sleep, carryover from my college and job days. I have to discipline myself to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep. It's amazing how much your mental acuity increases when you get enough sleep.

    3) Going to the book store to peruse books and magazines on creativity. I love to flip through craft and cooking books and magazines for inspiration. Even if I'm all crafted out, I'll still find ideas that I can reference back to at a later date.

  7. I have the same problem with sleep, better than it used to be but still not ideal. The difference between brain function with little sleep and with ample sleep is crazy! The book store is a great source, too. I used to do that all the time.

  8. That is my friend's apartment building and garden beds! How cool!!

    1. She e-mailed me about it, aw :) Thanks for letting her know.

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