Lately, I’ve experienced feeling ultra stagnant and stuck in what I call a “creative rut.” I sit down at my desk writing words I don’t feel the power to, and staring at images that appear dull in my eyes. It’s these crippling moments when I feel completely uninspired… And the worst part is, forcing myself to create new content when I’m just not feeling it only adds insult to injury!
I’ve found that I get in creative ruts most when I overwork and don’t allow myself time to get out and do different things. Balance is essential in life. I admit that I still struggle with that sometimes, especially when there are tight deadlines to meet and only so many hours in a day.
Know this feeling all too well but don’t know what to do about it? Let these tips that have helped me, help you escape your creative rut! 🙂
SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION
When you feel like you’ve exhausted all creativity and inspiration within you, it’s time to search for it! It’s totally okay that you’re out of amazing ideas. Chances are, whatever great idea you had in mind, someone else already had, anyway. The important thing is to gather basic ideas and put your own spin to them. There are many sources of inspiration; books, magazines, social media, nature, and current life events are just some of many that inspire me.
HAVE A WORKING LIST OF IDEAS
Once you have ideas that spark your interest and fuel your mind, it’s time to put them into a list. Coming up with ideas alone can take up a lot of time. So, if I’m stuck in a creative rut mid-week and don’t know what to write about for the next day, I’ll feel super stressed out! Having several topics on hand to choose from will at least give me a starting point, and I can go from there. Other creatives like models, photographers, and stylists are encouraged to keep a file of inspiration sources to exercise their minds and be inspired to create something new.
TRY SOMETHING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE OR GO SOMEWHERE NEW
Getting out of your comfort zone and introducing yourself to something new will fuel creativity and surprisingly motivate you to work harder. If you don’t feel like trying something new, at least do yourself a favor and go somewhere new or somewhere you don’t go often. It’s always nice to get out and away, and you’ll be surprised at the plethora of ideas that nature alone can give you!
COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER CREATIVES
Sitting in my home office all day working and not communicating with anyone other than my boyfriend and Babadook sounds sorta’ unhealthy, right? It totally is, despite how I get so darn comfortable just never leaving the house. Nonetheless, I’m starting to put an effort to connect with other creatives, and it’s feeling great. I recently started becoming friends with other bloggers (didn’t think this was possible knowing how catty the industry is, but it is!) and it’s fantastic being able to bounce ideas off of each other. Just getting out there and communicating with other like-minded individuals will not only make you feel refreshed, it may also give you new insights or ideas, and spark new-found inspiration or creativity.
GET ENOUGH REST
It’s normal to get tired, and it’s important to rest when you get to that point. Overworking leads to fatigue, and fatigue leads to zero productivity, creativity, and motivation to work. As work gets busier, I have found myself sleeping later. However, I try to turn off the computer and get to bed at a reasonable time. Sleeping at least 7-8 hours gives your body time to refresh and restart for a brand new day. I find that when I’m well-rested, I’m able to think clearly and get my creative juices flowing.
What are some things you do to save your no-motivation days and get your creative juices flowing again?