The creative well. So fleeting. Yet, so real. You may be “too busy” to be creative. You may just be overwhelmed. Yet, creativity is not linear. Sometimes, it runs dry. For hours, even days, you do not know what content to create, which topics to explore, how to show up online. Then, again, slowly, the creativity comes back, and ideas start to flow. Powerful.
At times surrounded by GIFs — but nobody is perfect, hey. Even the most creative people are stuck at times — or feel like their muse has gone on unlimited maternity leave. Yet, there are some powerful ways we can boost our creativity when we most need it.
Have a nap
Could naps be the answer to many problems, one of which you could be lack of creative spark. In a 2012 study, professor Andrei Medvedev found an association between power naps and creativity. He examined the brain activity of participants in this power nap trial. He saw a boost in activity in the right side of the brain (responsible for our creative thinking) during naps. “This is speculation, but the brain could be doing some helpful housecleaning, classifying data, consolidating memories,” Medvedev said.
Keep a diary
Like you used to do in the 90s. Now we call them “journals”, and we Instagram them with our breakfast. Still, you can use 10/20 minutes to journal ideas out—your fears, thoughts, achievements. You may often come up with a significant issue you want to tackle in your next post.
Have an RSS feed
I love to collect a few publications I enjoy and read what they are facing or covering. As a highly opinionated person, I am likely to say saying on some topics, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship or trends. I always thought creativity was about coming up with original ideas, but creativity is about making new connections between existing ideas. Getting inspired by what is trending can help you reignite the spark.
Get out in nature
Get away from your desk. Bedroom. Couch. Make writing a sacred time for you. If that was not enough, colours affect your performance too — geek time alert. A brief glimpse of green can improve your creative performance.
Another study shows that seeing red or blue can affect our cognitive performance: red helps us with detail-oriented tasks where we need to focus, whereas blue enhances creative performance.
Ask a simple question
Ask your followers: what are you struggling with at the moment? Or you can even ask yourself: what have I learned this past week? These are damn good questions that inspire great content.
Bring in the noise
I know it sounds highly counterproductive — however, noise could help with focus and productivity. Handy websites like Coffivity can help you get your favourite coffee shop vibe without spending £7 for sourdough bread and mashed avocado.
Silence helps us sharpen our focus, so it’s useful for intense problem-solving or detail-oriented tasks. On the other hand, creative thinking requires the kind of ambient buzz of sound that you might find in a café to promote broader thinking and new ideas.
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