We’ve all been in creative slumps, it’s just something that happens. Inspiration runs out, but the good news is there are many different ways you can find it again to give your creativity an extra boost. One of the most important things is to keep an open mind and a positive attitude. Stay open to learning new things, trying new things, and seeing things with a different perspective. When you’re curious and willing to explore the world around you, you can find inspiration just about anywhere.
Creativity and inspiration can strike at any time, and often they like to reveal itself at the most inconvenient moments. Whether it’s walking home from work, cleaning out the car, or buying groceries — sometimes just a noise, image, or person can inspire an amazing idea. Without a notebook handy, those brilliant ideas can just disappear into thin air. Well, that is until you hop into the shower.
Always Carry a Notebook and Pen
This is probably why so many creative professionals are almost religious about carrying a notebook and pen around with them at all times. You can jot down anything the moment it pops into your head and then come back to it later. Always having a pen on you is also a surprisingly great way to network and meet people. You never know where you might be or who you might be talking to when the need for a pen arises.
Doodling & Creativity Journals
Doodling is meant to be a completely subconscious activity where you simple put pen/pencil to paper and start drawing. It’s basically the act of creating something while your mind is focused elsewhere. Maybe these doodles will spark a new idea or creative project…who knows? The world is your canvas, so let yourself go into creative mode completely, and see where your imagination takes you.
Surround Yourself with Creative People
You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, including yourself.
– Jim Rohn
When you surround yourself with creative people who are motivated to expand their horizons, you will discover that you are constantly learning. A group of creative friends can help you see things from a different perspective and be a sounding board for you to bounce your own ideas around. These kinds of people will challenge you intellectually and creatively, helping you to grow and think differently about your work and the world around you.