If you rely on creativity for your work, for fun, or for a business you’re building, you know how easy it is to exhaust your creativity and motivation.
Sometimes you just don’t have anything more to give.
The problem is, in this new creativity-fueled world we live in, sometimes you don’t have room in your schedule to refuel.
But creativity isn’t a well you can draw on anytime, anywhere. Sometimes you have to take the pressure off and regroup. Sometimes you simply need a break.
For those times when you absolutely have to produce today, instead of tomorrow, here are 5 things you can try to get the creativity flowing again in an hour or less.
1) Take your show on the road.
If you have the luxury of working from different places during the day, a creative block can sometimes be resolved with new surroundings.
The local coffee shops and cafes equal creative gold for me more often than not. I try not to go too often so I don’t wear out the magic.
Get out and try working in a new place. See if that revives the creative spirit.
2) Get some exercise.
The effectiveness of this is usually impressive for me, but there’s a line you have to be careful not to cross. If you overdo the exercise you might find yourself lethargic or tired.
A quick run, medium-intensity gym session or a little group sport should do it.
There’s something about the increased blood flow and putting your focus on a physical activity that makes for a creativity-inducing combo.
3) Read something.
If your brain is stuck in a rut, maybe it needs a little literary break or a dash of ideas gleaned from a good book.
You don’t necessarily have to read something related to the problem you’re working on. I’ve found that a little diversion can be even better.
4) Play some music that will get you jazzed.
Music is a fantastic mood changer. For some reason, I often forget just how much motivation I find in music, and I’ll go days without playing any tunes while I work.
If you’re stuck or blocked, put on some of your favorite tunes. Turn ’em up loud. Feel the groove and see if your creativity returns.
5) Take a snooze.
Are you a napper? Why fight it?
If you’re feeling the urge, maybe a nap is exactly what you need. 15 minutes of shuteye might just recharge the batteries and put you back on the creative train.
Keep in mind that a lack of creativity can be like insomnia. The more you worry about it, the worse your situation becomes.
The trick is to get your mind off of the problem at hand. Give yourself permission to spend time changing it up before you get back to your work.
What do you do when duty calls, but the creativity just isn’t there?
How do you recharge the creative batteries?