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May 30th is National Creativity Day and being a creative and lifestyle blogger, I couldn’t not acknowledge this day now could I? I think that it is a common misconception that people in the creative industry, are constantly full of inspiration and have so many different ideas. This is NOT the case!
If you are constantly agonising about coming up with ideas or a creative solution, it is very unlikely it is going to come to you. So instead of trying to increase your focus try these 5 ways to boost your creativity. Coming back to the drawing board refreshed and motivated.
1. Create the right environment
This sounds silly, but this really works! Having the right environment can motivate you. You should make sure your workspace is tidy as that helps keep your mind clear and you are able to focus on the task at hand rather than the clutter around you. You want to have the best office furniture and supplies to help you be the most comfortable to be creative, so you should check out a site like www.officemonster.co.uk to get an idea of what is available on the market, and maybe start buying a few little bits and pieces. Designing your own office space that you enjoy looking at and feel comfortable working in will motivate you. Take a look at Neon Mama who offer pink neon signs with fun and positive messages that you can have hanging in your office or home.
Sometimes your regular workspace may not be working for you, so you should try working in a different area. I was recently writing a blog post and I couldn’t focus, the room was too warm, so I took my notebook and pen outside in the cool breeze. That change in workspace allowed me to finish my post and I definitely felt more motivated.
2. Get moving
Instead of staring blankly at your notebook or computer screen hoping for ideas to come to you, walk away from it and do an activity that gets you moving. Whether that activity is a walk outside, a home workout or even putting the hoover around. Clearing your mind and focusing on another task can help motivate you.
I have found that going on regular daily walks that I feel a lot more organised and motivated with ideas for blog posts and Instagram content. I feel a lot more creative and a lot more ideas for photographs come to me as I am inspired by the scenery. As well as getting to enjoy all this beautiful sunshine!
3. Disconnect from social media
Social media is saturated with people putting out so much amazing content however, if you are struggling for inspiration that can create more pressure for yourself. Instead of inspiring you it could overwhelm you. Having a social media detox is so beneficial for everyone’s’ mental health, as well as allowing you to relax.
I have been guilty of being on social media consistently as a blogger it is of course part of the journey. BUT I have started to allocate times during the week where I am to stay off social media to give myself a break. I am really loving it and I definitely recommend it.
4. Do something you love
When you do an activity you love or spend time with loved ones you are not focused on the tasks you may have lost your inspiration to complete. Doing something that you love helps spark that passion and inspiration and you take that mindset back to that task you need to complete. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and take that time to have a break.
5. Always have somewhere to make notes
This could be with a notebook and pen or even just the notes section on your phone, being able to make note of ideas when they do come to you and you don’t forget. Writing down thoughts, things you see when you are out that you like or even memories. These notes may not spark any creativity at first but when you come back to your list, your thoughts or what you have experienced can inspire a different idea.
I like to make notes in my notebook when I have ideas. I can then refer back to the list to see if I am inspired to write about the topics I have noted. No idea is a bad idea, write it down!
These are just 5 simple ways you can help boost your creativity and ever if you are not struggling with ideas, these are great tips to help you take a break, stop you from burning out and stop you from running out of blog post ideas.
How do you boost your creativity if you are struggling? I’d love to hear in the comments.