Creativity can be a roller coaster. With the thrills of catching great ideas and the rush of genius to the pitfalls and struggles of pushing on when you run out of steam. I have loads of ideas from decorating, crafting, cooking, art, travel, etc. My mind often runs in crazy tangents that make sense only to me. But execution…well, sometimes I just get stuck. We all do. Many times I am faced with creating something in my head and getting it into reality can be more challenging than I thought. Or I see the problem but the creative solution just seems outside my grasp. Blank walls in the living room…yeah, you got me right now.
So what do I do to get my creative juices hyped up?
I am putting this tip first because focus must be understood before any of the other tips. Turn off the noise both internally and around you. Get distractions out. Turn off the facebook. Devote some time and stick to it.
2. Step Away
Have you ever stared at something so hard that you thought some sort of psychokinetic event would spontaneously happen? You are not alone. Unless you are really trying to sprout epic level super powers, it might be time to PUT IT DOWN for a bit. Breathe. Get some fresh air. My best ideas often come when I just step back. It can be for five minutes or five days. Just make sure you are committed to coming back to it sooner rather than “someday”.
3. Get a second (or third) opinion
Sometimes your mind can get so jumbled, it’s hard to see the solution. A different perspective is such a reliever. I may ask for a second opinion just to validate my own and sometimes I am just in such a frame of mind that I don’t see the forest for the trees. I may or may not take someone else’s advice, but even just talking through my creative problem can get that spark flared up.
4. Pinterest/ Search Engine/Blogs
Pinterest is my favorite inspiration headquarters. But it can also be a time suck like no other. Same goes with pretty blogs and home inspiration sites like hometalk or houzz. Stay on task and keep the distractions to a minimum.
5. Trust yourself
Great ideas and confidence sometimes seem like mutually exclusive events. Hindsight is 20/20, foresight is like 20/80. Trust that your making the right decisions. You are the only one who has your own perspective and vision. Let it shine!
6. Get in the Mood
Trying to develop the best fish tacos on the east coast when all you want is a cheeseburger isn’t going to help. What kind of feeling do you want to create with a project? Fun, modern, romantic, sophisticated? Find your creative inspiration by playing the part and changing your inner perspective.
Hope You Have an Inspirational Weekend!