5 Ways To Boost Your Creativity

It is National Creativity Day tomorrow (May 30th) 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.

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.

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.

A desk set up with an iMac and plants

Photo by Jessica Arends on Unsplash

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.

Woodland walk trail enclosed by trees in the sun
A beautiful view on one of my daily walks

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!

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. Taking time away from social media is so beneficial for everyones’ 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.

A planner spread using planner stickers
Planner set up for this week

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.

Planner and stationery washi tape and stickers
My planner and stationery supplies for a planner set up

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!

A list of blog post ideas in a lined notebook
A list of recent blog ideas

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 and stop you from burning out.

How do you boost your creativity if you are struggling? I’d love to hear in the comments.

116 thoughts on “5 Ways To Boost Your Creativity

  1. Great post Lauren. Especially agree with the idea of disconnecting from SM when writing or creating. Instead of motivating, it can make one feel less of a creator and start making biased comparisons. Loved all the other thoughts. 🙂

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  2. Great suggestions, I use many of these techniques as well.

    I find reading or listening to podcasts can sometimes get my creative juices flowing too.

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  3. When I’m having a hard time thinking of new material, I like to listen to music while walking. It completely allows my mind to wander and I can connect dots between all the things I’ve seen and experienced that day. And for me, connecting those dots helps me come up with new ideas.

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  4. Great post. When I get stuck on something, I usually go out for a walk too. The fresh air always has a way of helping me clear my head and move on with my writing. I just want to say, your walking route is beautiful. I love the greenery! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love these ideas for boosting your creativity. The environment is so important!! We need to be able to be in a space where we are not distracted and can express ourselves through whatever medium. I found running giving me some creativity. I always take my mind off of the running and think about different things. AND YESSSS on taking a break from social media.. I love your writing. It is so cute!! I have the same page with blog post ideas! I just go on Pinterest for some ideas hehe. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  6. All your points are excellent! Environment really does make a difference, that was a lesson I just learned recently. I created a workspace to go when I write and now that I’m using it consistently to work I’m finding that the inspiration is always there!! 😀 I’m loving it!! And whenever I get stuck taking a walk always helps, great post!

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  7. I love your handwriting! Good suggestions for when creativity needs a boost. I often find that just slowing down, shaking things up a bit and getting outside can work wonders; not as easy at the moment as it’s only the back garden but it’s always good to get a little refresh and change of scenery.
    Caz xx

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  8. I love these ideas! I always used to carry a notebook and pen around with me in my bag when I was travelling to uni or to work. Also yess to taking breaks from social media and going for walks and changing that work space! xxx

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  9. Your writing is so easy on the eyes! I love your writing style. I think it should be called the Lauren Font! 🙌

    Btw, I nominated you for The Lockdown Tag | 2020 Edition. It’s my most recent blog post and the link is easy to find. There’s no pressure to answer my questions, since I know you are very busy with blogging. 🌼🌻🌼🌻

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  10. I totally agree with all of this! I like to disconnect from social media when I am needing to boost my creativity. And going for a walk outside always helps too. I also love to have my journal/planner near me so I can jot down ideas that come to me quickly. Thanks for sharing this!
    -Charity https://morningsonmacedonia.com

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  11. These are all great tips! I often find that when I’m actively searching for a creative idea, none come to mind. I feel like my best ideas are the ones I accidentally stumble upon in everyday life. xx
    El // welshwanderer.com

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  12. These are great ideas!! Making notes is something I have to get better at. I actually find that looking through Pinterest and other artists (if I’m looking to make art) inspire me and get my creative juices flowing! 😁

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  13. These are awesome tips, thanks so much! I am a big fan of the get moving technique and I ALWAYS have to write down ideas right when they come, so I’ve got a set spot where I do that. It is also scientifically proven that time in nature can reduce mental fatigue and increase creativity. I find this works really well for me. I also find a lot of inspiration in reading!

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  14. Great tips! I have found that if I sit down with the intention to write something nothing really comes to me. But on the other hand, some of my best post ideas have come to me seemingly at random! I unplug a bit and poof – ideas everywhere!

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  15. These are all so helpful! Sometimes we ran out of creative juices especially when writing blog posts… so these are handy tips! I like to always have a notebook and pen around for when inspiration strikes. 🥰

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  16. A disconnect so as to reconnect afresh is an awesome way to boost creativity.
    When anyone asks me how to declutter an explore page of Instagram, this is the easiest, yet toughest advice – just disconnect, then reconnect with a strategic comeback. Who wants to disconnect from social media? And yet it works!👀
    A post to refer back to over and over again.
    Shared it!

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  17. I love this! Mine is definitely indulging in something I love. If I’m struggling with writing, I’ll pick up an old favourite book that always works for me and know that will do the trick. I’ve recently just realised how much I’m on social media so also trying to start having a day where I don’t go on at all (and worrying over how hard that actually is!) I love the tips you’ve got here.

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  18. Having somewhere to make notes is so important! I have notebooks pretty much everywhere at home but in emergencies I’ll pop it into my phone and it’s quite handy to come back to when you’re feeling a bit stuck! Thanks for sharing 🙂 x

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