Creative ruts happen to me all the time. I realized that when I take a break from writing my thoughts down and taking time to do creative things, I feel much less creative. I seem to lose my voice and am much less likely to chase after the things that make me happy and feel like my soul radiates sunshine.
When I was younger, I thought I wasn’t creative and bad at anything. I thought that creativity and talent were something you were born with. But…that is the thought that hurts creativity the most.
Here’s the thing. Creativity is something to practice every day. It’s not something we’re born with or preselected to have.
Anyone and everyone can be creative. Some may be more inclined to do creative things and keep their creative juices flowing, but if you want to be creative, you must practice every day.
There are lots of ways you can practice creativity.
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7 Habits of Highly Creative People:
1. Journal Every Day.
I like to keep a journal to jot down ideas as soon as I get them. I also have a note on my phone, but I prefer real paper and ink. That way, I don’t forget them when I return to my computer to work on something. Journaling is also a way to get out thoughts that I didn’t know how to express or express otherwise.
Even if the only writing you do is blogging or work-related, I highly suggest writing down your ideas on paper first. I did that with this blog post, and it’s going swimmingly.
2. Read for At Least a Few Minutes Every Day.
I heard somewhere that the key to being a good writer is reading a lot. That always stuck with me. It also helps you see from perspectives outside your own which is why it is so important to creativity. I made a list of books that inspire me when I’m feeling anxious or uninspired.
3. Look At Art Every Day.
You don’t have to go to an art museum or anything. I get a lot of inspiration through photography, and I browse Instagram and Pinterest for pictures that inspire me. I find pictures can set a whole mood. Browse whatever kind of art inspires you!
4. Do Something Where You’re Around Creative People.
Take a class, join a meet-up, or even go to a cafe where people work on different things. You may see someone coding on a computer and someone else drawing on paper. Seeing what other people are working on will inevitably inspire you.
5. Find Out The Time of Day Your Creative Juices Flow Most.
Most of my creative urges happen at night. Therefore, I try to establish a nighttime routine where I step away from my computer and screens and sit down with a notebook. For you, this could be early in the morning or in the middle of the afternoon. If you get a sudden idea or creative urge, follow it.
6. Go Outside.
This might just be me because I grew up in New Hampshire near lots of trees and green things, but nothing rejuvenates me or changes my mood better than being in the fresh air. Walks are some of the most meditative things if you let them. I love to walk through the woods the most.
For you, it could be a walk by the ocean, through a park, or down a busy city street. Wherever you are in the world, you can get outside and inspiration from your surroundings. People-watching is also great!
7. Create An Inspiring Space. – Creative Habits of Mind
I dream of building my sewing/writing/blogging studio with lots of natural light and plants, incense, candles, art, and a place to do yoga. But I don’t have that yet. If you’re like me, you can practice creativity in creating a small space for yourself anywhere.
Even if it’s your bedroom, the nightstand beside your bed, or just a frame of mind, take the time to learn about the game-changing technique of mindfulness. Take time to set up an inspiring environment when you sit down to do whatever it is you do.
Light a candle, make a cup of tea and put on music that inspires you. The beauty of creativity is that this place can look whatever you want!
I hope these tips helped. What are some things you do to stay creative or to get out of a creative rut? Where do you feel most inspired?
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