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10 Easy Tips To Help You Boost Your Creativity
Have you ever found yourself in a creative rut and couldn’t figure out how to shake it off? Well, the good thing is, you are not alone. I’ve suffered from many a creative rut and even seen my creativity plateau. Because of said ‘ruts’, the wonderful Janna Werner and I have decided to collaborate and create a 6 part series, to be posted weekly, helping you unleash your creative potential with a series of tips, advice and hopefully some motivation!
I am all to aware so many little monsters in your head when this creative rut happens, you know you want to shake it off but you can’t.. I discovered my own creativity fairly late on in my teenage years and in the passing years my creativity levels have had their peaks and troughs. All of my ruts have been for a variety of reasons and with the most recent of creative ruts, I’ve come out of them a little quicker or my reason for the “rut” was just plain exhaustion.
Luckily for me, when I discovered my creativity, I began to “come out my shell”. I flourished, I had no pressure to perform and nothing was expected of me. I think this is why I’m not afraid of making mistakes.
[Tweet “”Everything I needed to know about creativity, I learned by making mistakes” – via Creativesomething.net”]
1. Do what you love;
make sure that you are happy with the crafts or designs that you’re making! Nothing stifles my creativity more than working to someone elses brief. If I don’t get excited by a project, I find it very difficult to work on. According to my mother, I’ve always been like this. So find a creative hobby or craft that you can get passionate about!
[Tweet “”Why did she make things? Well, she enjoyed it, of course; but it also somehow helped her remember who she was and where she came from” – “]
2. Switch off.
Take a break, turn off the computer, listen to the radio, take a bath, it doesn’t matter. As long as you can spend some time away from technology and anything that’s too stimulating. You’re brain and body need time to rest. I find that there are some days when I’m too exhausted to do anything at all and it would actually be impossible for me to do anything constructive; it would take forever and I’m certain my work wouldn’t be up to standard. Taking time off is important, it helps you to re-energize. Rest and exercise are important to keep your mind sharp.
3. Know your priorities.
I find that making and arranging any chores or important “stuff” into a ‘To do’ list, helps me to stay organised. If I get everything finished up, I am allowing myself plenty of time to get messy and creative.
Once all of the items on your daily ‘to do’ list have been ticked, imagine how simple it would be to lift out the carry case with your journalling supplies and get making? Keeping your craft supplies organised makes crafting so much easier and it gives you more time to create.
5. Tidy Up.
While you are in your creative rut it’s possible to add a little creative spark by preparing your workspace. I have found that having a little “clear out” of my messy craft boxes, finding long forgotten craft supplies or even changing out some of the decor in my craft room can help inspire another project or set of projects. Having a clean space can help motivate you into a positive momentum and before you know it, you’re crafting!
6.Assess your habits.
There is always the chance that your own methods of creating or the steps you take before working on something, aren’t getting you excited about embarking on your new creative project. You don’t have to change your entire approach to crafting, just try something new! The moment you realize that being creative is about enjoying the process, is the moment you’ll feel free to try new techniques!
Daydreaming is something I have always done. Even in exams! I was always on another planet. entirely. You can keep a little notebook or journal for all your little ideas that come to you in your day dreams. You could be surprised about how much you forget. Am I the only one singing the Monkees song ‘daydream believer’ right now?
8. Make an inspiration board/Mood board!
or collect items that inspire you. I love inspiration boards or mood boards. I keep a moodboard notebook which can also double as my decorating notebook, depending on the projects I’m working on. It’s stuffed full and I love it. It helps me to arrange my thoughts and favourite potential projects. It gets my thoughts onto the board or paper and I can then plan my next steps.
Photo by Flickr Group Favourite Leimomi26
9. Learn from others.
Most creative people work alone, they’re independent, motivated, generous and hard-working. It can be quite solitary though unless you have a group of friends who are also crafters and you can spend the evening in silence making stuff! I don’t have that option so I LOVE to join online classes and workshops. Workshops are a great idea, I’ve learnt so many new skills and techniques from online classes, including; hand lettering, how to draw (seriously) and blogging with Holly Becker. Online classes are a great way to make new friends in your creative field. It’s a great experience to brain storm with like-minded people!
10. Lose your expectations!
I’ve always had very low expectations. I learnt a very long time ago that when you have low expectations, the smallest of successes are wonderful! It’s a great feeling! It’s a ‘free’ feeling and it’s oh so rewarding. Really. Remember that you are being creative and partaking in the creative process to enjoy it! The result, good or bad is still a result. If it’s bad, you can learn from your mistakes! Time spent being creative, is never time wasted.
Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. [Tweet “You can’t simply try to do things. You simply must do things. – Ray Bradbury”]
Do you have any extra ideas to share?