You know what I mean… the days in which you don’t know what to do to ignite your creativity.
Sometimes I feel that there’s not a shred of creativity in me, especially when something is roaming in my mind, when I have a problem that I have found no solution to just yet, or when I have not had enough sleep.
This morning was one of those days, so after giving it some thought, I decided to write precisely about this challenge. Instead of staring at my blank screen, why not sharing with you about my writer’s block and the things I’ve done to bring my creativity back? Yep. It sounds like a good idea.
So here I am. Doing just that. But before I share with you what I did today, let me ask you… How do you get creative or resourceful when thoughts just don’t flow? How do you ignite your creativity? Please share in the comments area below. Your ideas may help me and others as well!
What to do to ignite your creativity
Here’s exactly what I did this morning to get my creativity flowing…
First, I had a healthy snack, a low fat yogurt with fresh fruit and some granola on top. I closed my eyes and allowed myself to enjoy it fully instead of pressing myself and getting frustrated. Then, I simply decided not to go into my home office and went for a walk to relax my mind. While I was walking on a nearby park, admiring the trees and enjoying the birds chirping, I started thinking about the times when my creativity was so attuned with my senses that I could not type fast enough; all those times when thougths and ideas were coming so fast that I found myself wondering how on earth so much was pouring out all at once. I enjoyed recalling all of that while I kept on walking.
I also remembered some instances when I was teaching, coaching, or explaining something passionately to my children or audience. I also thought of a particular time when I had to think up a plausible excuse to get myself out of an awkward situation, and when my friends dropped in unexpectedly and I prepared a meal in the blink of an eye… And as I thought of all this, my mind kept on sliding from memory to memory, and I just let the process run freely. Before I knew it, my mind was relaxed and rolling, so I decided to go back to my desk and start writing.
Here’s what I learned…
Point #1 – Thinking -on purpose- of the many times we have been creative and resourceful in the past can be a huge motivator that may turn on the creativity switch in our brain, all by itself!
As I walked back home, I was full of ideas, so many in fact that I questioned if I was going to be able to pick just one of them to start writing about. Frankly, I could have done just that, but then I thought that all of us have been in the same situation at some point, I thought it’d be better to share with you my experience as it happened today. So here I am, doing just that.
As I approached my desk, I felt more confident. I even noticed my posture and attitude had changed. However, I did not start typing this article right away, I first jotted down a list of all of the ideas that had come to mind so I could use them as leads in the future, on those days when my creativity seems to be asleep.
When my list was done, I put it aside and started writing this article. I hope it is of use to you. Perhaps you are not a blogger, but need to write for work, or maybe you need some insight on what to do to ignite your creativity in order to solve a problem.
Here’s an interesting thing that I also noticed… It works the other way too! What I mean is that when I change my posture, my attitude changes as well, and with it, my breathing and my movements follow. Pretty soon, I feel awesome just as when I feel creative. Stepping away even for a bit brings back the creative feeling all by itself, it just awakens!
Point #2 – Getting away from your work area or your home office to go for a simple walk, changes your energy as you go into a different environment. The change of scenery alone helps improve your attitude and it is a good way to ignite the mind into creative thinking all over again!
As a side note, here is another idea that I have used successfully in the past: I think about a challenge that a friend of mine has, and try to come up with several possible solutions that could be applied to the problem. Next, I do an online search and read a few articles on the topic to stimulate my creativity. Then, I evaluate the possible solutions I’d thought of and compare them to what I found. Following, I share the ideas with my friend and give him feedback to evaluate how my findings can be applied to resolve the situation. Finally, I jump into creating the content for my post.
Now you’ve got a couple of ideas on what to do to ignite your creativity. Would you please share one of yours? Thank you for your participation!