5 Tips for Staying Creative
Creativity is a fickle friend. One day they’re there encouraging you to your best endeavours, the next they’ve abandoned you in your hour of need. What do you need to do to make sure Creativity stays loyal to you when you need that little bit extra? Maybe these tips will help.
Look for people in your line of work, and ask their advice. Social media is great for reaching out to the leaders in your field to ask what they’re doing, or how they’d approach a difficult task. Also, chat through your projects with your friends; they may not know what your particular interests are fully, but sometimes chatting around a subject with mates can spark something great.
2. Do nothing
This might seem counterproductive when you’re hitting a deadline and nothing seems to be flowing. But occasionally, taking a step back from everything can help enormously when you’re at a creative standstill. Turn the phone off, shut the laptop and go for a walk. Have lunch with a friend. Your idea might come to you when you’re sleeping, so even more of an excuse to take that nap.
3. Go for a walk
Sitting is the new smoking. The average person sits down for up to 17 hours a day. That’s an astonishing figure. Especially when you consider that a Stanford University study suggests that walking aids creative thinking. Indeed, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner regularly have walking meetings with their staff. And if it works for Zuck...
4. Create the right mood
Setting the right tone for yourself can help massively to get you working productively again. If white noise works and you’re working from home you could always put the washing machine on - and it helps to get a jump on the chores, too. For some, listening to music helps, so plug in the headphones and put on your personal jam. For others, it’s a particularly soothing smell; light a candle, or apply your favourite perfume/aftershave.
5. Do something you love
In a letter to his son, Albert Einstein said that the best way to creativity was to do something you loved. “That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes,” Einstein wrote. “I am sometimes so wrapped up in my work that I forget about the noon meal.”
What do you like to do to promote creativity? Running, swimming, reading something completely different; switching off in front of the TV, or even trawling social media. Just don’t overthink it. One other great trick is to mix up your daily routine - it helps to do something different.