Have you ever been at a point where your creative juices aren’t flowing? You are trying so hard to get your ideas out but nothing seems to be working. That’s what we call a creative drought.
What do we do as creatives when we hit the proverbial “brick wall?” How do you end a creative drought? There are several things that you can do to end a creative drought. We will discuss a few in this post.
How to end a Creative Drought
Creativity goes beyond completing tasks that you love. It involves producing ideas that make life easy or enjoyable for others. Getting stuck in a creative drought will affect our businesses as secular entrepreneurs or Christian professionals. Here are a few things you can do to end a creative drought:
Take a break
When you have so much on your plate, you want to keep going until you clear it up. Sometimes, you end up trying so hard yet you can’t even complete the first task. You just hit a creative “brick wall.” It means something about that situation isn’t working and you need to stop and find out what it is.
Taking a break doesn’t mean you are lazy, it just means you need to refresh your creative juices. It is very difficult for your creative juices to keep flowing when you continue to demand excessively from yourself. Giving your mind a much-needed rest refreshes your imagination and helps to recharge. Soon, you’d be ready to go again, and this time, you’d see how well your juices will be flowing.
Don’t work just for the money
We all have needs, whether you are running a Christian ministry, non-profit organization, or commercial outfit. As such, there is the tendency to focus all our efforts on working for money instead of fulfilling our purpose. Doing this affects our creativity.
This is not to say that you shouldn’t get paid for your work. What it means is that we shouldn’t focus just on getting paid, we should focus more on getting work done. When you focus on the pay and you get disappointed, your creative juices dry up.
You shouldn’t exploit your talents just for a paycheck. When you do, it burns you out quickly because you’d be taking up jobs that you don’t love. Sometimes, you’d have to say no to some jobs because they don’t fit your skills or expertise. Don’t take the job just because of the money, take it because you are truly interested in the challenge.
Turn your home into an inspiration booster
Where you live affects the way you live. Beyond this, it influences your actions, productivity, happiness, and most of all, creativity. If you stay in an untidy and dark space, this could be depressing and push you into a creative drought.
The question here is, “how do you turn your home into an inspiration booster?” You can begin by changing the paint. Certain colors are gloomy and stifle creativity while others help you think better and become more productive. What colors appeal to you the most? There is no hard-and-fast rule here, simply pick the colors that you like.
Another thing you can do is to switch up your décor. Make use of pieces that inspire you to work better. From artistic prints to photographs, plants to sculptures. Lest we forget, you can add some music to the background if it doesn’t distract you. Finally, make use of furniture that helps you to work better.
One of the best things to do when experiencing a creative drought is to go on vacation. It doesn’t have to be a full-fledged vacation, a mini-vacation will do. All you need is a few days off work and away from your workspace.
Sometimes, your mind just needs to see new scenery, experience a new ambiance, eat new food or connect to different people. You can take a trip to another city and spend some days there. If all you can afford is a mini-vacation, you can book a room at a hotel not too far away. Spend a few days here and enjoy the company of other people.
Another form of vacation is learning a new skill away from what you already know. The idea is to give your mind a break so it can experience something different. Other ideas include attending live music concerts, visiting an art gallery, taking long walks, and trying out new food. All of these will help you slow down and boost your creativity.
Exercising is one of the best ways to get your creative juices flowing again. We hardly have time to exercise as entrepreneurs and Christian professionals. This stifles our creativity because we are stuck in a specific routine.
Exercising switches you up and gets you out of the rut. You can run a few miles or take a swim. Also, you can engage in aerobics, jumping jacks, skip rope, etc. The idea is to sweat a little so that you can clear up your pathways for new ideas to flow.
Try out the suggestions above to end your creative drought. Do you have other suggestions? Drop them in the comments section below. While doing that, visit GodKulture to find other interesting articles to boost your creativity.