Sometimes you hit a slump in your creative process, it happens to everyone. When you’re in a funk, it’s easy to get discouraged and even sidetracked from projects. If you’re running out of fresh ideas it’s time to think outside of the box. For the days you’re not feeling on-point, try these techniques to get your creative juices flowing.
- Try something new
We tend to be creatures of habit and it’s probably time to shake things up. Is there a new restaurant you’ve wanted to try, or a coffee shop that opened up? Think of something you’ve wanted to do, but you keep pushing off for some reason or another. It doesn’t have to be anything extreme to break through the mundane – it just has to be different.
- Take a walk
Have you ever been so focused on something you can’t remember the last time you took a break? If you’re feeling stuck, instead of forcing it try taking a walk. Even just getting up for a few minutes and walking away can clear your head and make a difference.
- Take a class
Taking a class can be a great opportunity to learn something new, or enhance the skills you already have. You may be able to learn a different technique or a new skill altogether that you can utilize in your creative process.
- Get inspired
Keep something in your routine that inspires you on a regular basis. Maybe it’s a regular walk in the park, a podcast or a newsletter you subscribe to, or even a mood board you’ve created.
Keep a journal with you and write down any ideas that come to mind, so when you’re feeling stuck you have something to go back to. Writing can also help clear your mind and it’s a place to store your thoughts.
- Work in a different space
Working in the same room or office every day can get pretty uninspiring. Being surrounded by the same four walls day in and out can easily stifle creativity. Instead of working in the same place, go somewhere new or head over to your favorite coffee shop for a few hours.
Coloring isn’t just for kids anymore, so grab a marker and let your creative juices flow. A good coloring session puts your brain in a meditative state, allowing you to decompress and clear your mind. Coloring is a great way to relieve stress and unwind when you’re not feeling inspired.
- Have fun
Allow yourself the freedom to have fun with your projects to regain your inspiration. Try different colors or experiment with a new technique knowing it might not be perfect. Giving yourself space to have fun is a great way to stay creative.