HOW TO GET INSPIRED AND OVERCOME CREATIVE BLOCKS

Many times we get stuck and feel a certain lack of motivation or inner energy (inspiration) to do creative work or simply to get anything done at all (this probably happens with everybody), but mostly with creative people.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Even after we might have gotten over this feeling for a while, they always seem to come back. So the key is knowing what to do every time we feel like that. Some of tips or points here might sound cheesy or simply like common sense, and others, you might have heard like a thousand times, but sometimes we never really try them or apply them to ourselves and you need to find out what works for you (different strokes for different folks). People have said that creative people are the most indisciplined set of people? Maybe true, maybe not.  However, whether creative or not, it always helps when we have someone that we can be accountable to though. This gives us an incentive to not be lazy and to actually push ourselves and get out of our comfort zones.

So here we go:

1.       Clean Up!

Studies show that straightening out the physical aspects of your life can also bring certain clarity to the mental ones. And sometimes physically cleaning out your environment has this positive psychological effect on you which enables you get a new drive or perspective and help you get on with a task.

 

2.       Write down your thoughts:

It’s also advisable to always keep a notebook and a pen beside you at all times. We also all have phones; we can always type it as a text and save as draft or go to notes. We never know when an amazing idea might hit us that we can use in the future. So like the boys’ scout motto: “always prepared”

 

3.       Create a personal creative space:

For many creative people, they like to work in quiet, secluded places. It could be your bedroom, or your bathroom (many people do some deep thinking here). Create a workspace, where you feel comfortable and without distractions. This might help you channel your creative juices to produce incredible works. This is why artists have personal studios and the likes, places where they can work or create. It doesn’t have to be a studio for you.

 

4.       Listen to inspiring music

Create a playlist, music or songs that you like. This might help put you in a better mood. Find whichever one works for you.

 

5.       Take a walk, do something that makes you happy

You can even call a friend or somebody that makes you smile, however, you need to betruly honest with yourself. If you are just doing this to procrastinate, you might feel much worse later.

 

6.       Perfection?

Just do it! Who says it has to be perfect?

 

7.       Stop Comparing Yourself or your work with Others

Do you! Create your style.

 

8.       Repetition

We have all heard a thousand times that if at first we don’t succeed, we should try, try again. This tip has been said over and over and over again, so it must be true. If you have watched ‘The Last Samurai (2003)’, you would remember this quote by Tom Cruise about the samurais:

(Algren): They are an intriguing people. From the moment they wake they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue. I have never seen such discipline.

 

We have also heard this one “the master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried”. Even if you don’t get it the first time, dedicate yourself to what you pursue and you will find yourself reaching unimagined heights.  And it will never happen in a day or two; consistency, perseverance and commitment.

 

It’s one thing to read a post, it is another to actually apply them. So you can bookmark this page or save it on your phone or device and the next time you feel like you lack inspiration or are experiencing a creative block, open up this page, refresh your mind, discover what works for you and act.