Effective Ways to Get Out a Creative Slump
Even if you don’t think of yourself as creative, you know what it’s like to be in a slump and struggling to get shit done right?! You also know what it feels like when you are “on fire” or “in the zone”. What can you do to get yourself out of a creative slump and back in the zone faster?
Creativity and productivity come hand in hand.
If you have a list of things that you just can’t seem to get done, it might mean that your creativity has been stretched too thin. The problem is this often results in me feeling stressed and pushing hard, meaning I do even less of the things my creative brain needs and my slump deepens.
Add to that my self talk that I’m not ever going to be enough and both my productivity and creativity are as lost as my sons other sport sock every Tuesday morning.
1. Make your bed
This might sound silly but every.single.time I walk in to my bedroom and my bed is made I feel a little bit like I’m winning at life.
Equally so, every time I walk into the room and the bed isn’t made; the sheets are a crumpled mess at the end or sometimes even on the floor, I feel so deflated like the energy just zaps straight out of me.
It literally take like 3 minutes when you get up in the morning and can be one of many simple tasks that will help lift your mood, which boosts your creativity and enhances your productivity.
These micro tasks are even more important for those of us who work from home.
It’s so easy to blend work and life which is part of the appeal right?!
But it often means that our energy for work and home is also blended. For instance, if your house is a mess if your dishes aren’t done etc it can make you feel heavy or deflated and this will carry over into the energy you have for your work and business.
2. Get Dressed for the Day
This is a funny one because I honestly believe that some days what you need to do to get dressed for the day means pretending you’re heading into a corporate office.
That is, having a shower, brushing your hair,wearing more business like attire and even putting on your makeup.
While other days it honestly means wearing pyjamas all day and totally owning that that’s why you work from home and that’s what makes you feel most comfortable and the most creative.
It’s really about being aware of what you need to show up as your best self.
For me that’s often embracing the fact that I can work in my pyjamas and still do amazing things and impact peoples lives.
Other times it’s about tapping into a more productive and get-shit-done type energy and that might mean that I dress up a little more formally.
3. Drink More Water
Staying hydrated and well-fed actually helps your brain work more effectively and actually be more creative.
How many times have you seriously forgotten to eat because you’re so invested in the work that you’re doing and I bet that means you forgotten to drink any water – I do too regularly.
One of the things that helped is having a drink bottle on my desk so I don’t have to get up every time I finish at the last I have to get up every time I finish a litre of water.
Let’s be honest, if you’re drinking a litre of water you’ve got to get up more often just use the bathroom.
The simple act of getting up and walking around the house more often I think is really helpful but honestly your brain fires on a different level if it’s hydrated and supported and nourished.
4. Get Outside
Walking away from the computer on a regular basis, as mentioned in the above, is really helpful.
It gets your blood flowing around the body differently, it gives your brain a rest and allows you to refocus when you return. Actually getting outside and feeling the fresh air and the sun on your skin and perhaps even the grass under your feet takes this to a whole other level.
It’s almost like a reset button.
Take a few deep breaths while you’re outside. I mean I hate meditating and I’m terrible at it but I can stand in the sunshine and feel the warmth on my face and take a few deep breaths without taking up so much time that my anxiety worries too much.
Just a quick and simple tip that will help you get more done in your day. If you know you’re not going to be good at it perhaps add a timer and make sure you get outside at least twice in your 8 hour work day, even if for one minute at a time.
As you see the impact it has and the help that it gives you; perhaps you’ll do it more often and it will become more of a habit.
5. Connect with like-minded, creative peeps
I’m an extroverted person and I get topped up by hanging out with other people; yet I totally appreciate that a lot of creatives are introverted. I don’t think that means that isolation is the key to your creativity; however it means that you have to connect differently and maybe less often – but every human-being is hardwired for connection and community.
Allowing yourself to connect with like-minded creative people who have the same energy around their business as you have, are excited about the work that they’re doing in the world and hopefully excited about the work you’re doing in the world will fill your inspiration and creativity cup more than almost anything else.
If you’re not sure where to find these people come and join my Facebook group Fierce Entrepreneurs or perhaps if you’re more into the creative arts, join The Artful Business Community. They’re both free groups and they allow you to start conversations with other people running businesses, facing the same struggles you’re facing and experiencing the same isolation that you’re experiencing by working from home.
I love working from home, but the last twelve months I’ve worked in a co-working space more often than not.
I didn’t really have a choice, because the internet service at my house is so poor I needed to come into town, but I’ve been surprised by how much the interaction over the coffee machine or chatting with the person next to me when I get off a call has kept me motivated and inspired.
We miss out on a lot of that when we work in isolation from our home office or studios and it’s important to find ways to fit this into your week whether it be through online connections or by getting out of the house and meeting someone for coffee.
Ready to try one (or all) of these things?
Try them more than once and see if they make a difference to your creative energy. I think we put so much pressure on ourselves to feel inspired and creative all the time and that’s unrealistic and unfair on our brains but some of these things might help you to stay a little bit more energised for just a little bit longer.
Pop back here and let me know in the comments if any of these things have helped you to get out of your creative slump!
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