You Can Maximise Your Creative Output! In 8 Easy Steps
Have you been keeping up with this creativity series?
So far, Janna and I have dealt with perfectionism, giving yourself the opportunity to make more time for your creative endeavours, how to boost your creativity if you feel you’re in a bit of rut or feeling a slight lull and I’ve shown you how to brainstorm and develop new ideas.
Reaching your maximum creative potential is not going to happen over night, it is however, going to happen! Baby steps.
I’m still on my own creative journey. I began this particular journey in 2008 when I discovered the world of mixed media and the online craft world.
Since then I’ve dabbled in almost every craft and with each New Year I give myself a new goal; master one new craft. This helped me to discover my passions.
As mentioned in my previous post, I learnt how to tap into my creativity by brainstorming and of course there were times when those thoughts and ideas went nowhere at all.. and some that were down right crap-ola. Let’s sail past those though.
I’ve created a pretty image for you to share on your instagram! Just tag @hearthandmade in the photo 🙂
My first piece of sage advice in this post is to ENJOY THE CREATIVE PROCESS; you will soon see your own personal style develop and if you don’t see it, don’t worry. It took me four years to realise I had a style and a favourite colour palette, even now it’s still evolving.
Today I have 8 smart tips to help your maximise your creative output and help you on your journey to developing your personal style and reaching your maximum creative potential!
1. Get some fresh air.
In my first post of this series, I mentioned that you should take a break.
There are many different ways to take a break but I really recommend getting some fresh air. Sometimes, indoor breaks just don’t cut it. I was feeling a little stuffy one day and got outside to sit in the sunshine.
The result of that break and fresh air was this series of posts! I was able to clear my head and develop my ideas.
2. Use a timer.
Using a timer will help you maintain focus. I am the WORST at staying focused. I am so easily distracted by everything. Try Timer Tab!
It has been known for me to take about 4 hours to write a relatively short post because I’ve been browsing the internet and looking at cats. I can’t be alone?
Use the Pomodoro technique – it’s basically blocking out 25 minutes of your time. It means that you can dedicate to a sole task.
I’m very guilty at getting distracted on a regular basis, a habit which I’m going to try my best to break!
3. Laugh a little
^_^ or a lot! I love to watch comedy or even listen to it on the radio. Anything that will make me laugh or enhance my mood is something I will always switch on.
Nothing stifles creativity more than negativity.
I highly recommend Modern Family, I was super late to the Modern Family party and I feel like a fool.
4. Visit somewhere that inspires you.
For me, it’s my favourite shop Avocca, here in Ireland.
The displays in store are always so colourful and bright. It doesn’t always inspire me to make something but I always feel positive and sometimes treat myself to a new notebook to get the ball rolling!
5. Take an online class.
Is there something you want to learn about?
Online classes are a great place to learn and a great place to connect with people who share your passions and interests! My favourite learning platform is the Craftsy Subscription platform called MyBluePrint. You can grab a free trial right here and take whatever classes you want!
++5 Creative Online Classes I’d Like To Take Right Now++
Even talking to someone with similar interests can really help your creativity and will make you want to start making.
6. Stop looking at inspiration and start making!
Sometimes that’s just the kick in the butt you need.
Close Pinterest and go gather supplies to create your next project.
7. Listen to uplifting music.
Nothing melancholy… no Coldplay or anything like that.
Something upbeat, something that makes you want to dance can make you feel amazing and motivated to create.
8. Stuck for something to make? Repurpose something.
Sometime’s I’m amazed at people’s creativity & their ingenuity.
Ask yourself what a particular item can be used for apart from its original purpose; like using a towel holder to stack spools of ribbon, using a spice rack to display small jars of beads or a shower caddy for craft supplies. Grab a notebook and get brainstorming!
A peek of my craft room organisation.
All of these techniques are fairly straightforward and have 100% PROVEN to work (for me) you may be different.
Image by Ayda Algin for The Craft Cafe.
Can you think of any other techniques I could employ? Tell me in the comments please or catch me on twitter.