Hit a Creative Wall?
Ever feel like the world around you is swimming in nothing but good ideas, solid campaigns and boosting numbers? You’re not alone! What sets apart those people from you? How they get inspired and stay creative, of course! It inevitable to hit a wall every now and again – the best in class, the one with the most Instagram followers and everything in-between – everyone hits a wall that feels like it cripples creativity.
Here are my top 5-tips for staying creative when it feels like you’ve hit a wall:
Listen to a podcast
Something I absolutely love doing while sitting in my 9-5 I listen to podcasts. Not only can I catch up on weekly messages to feed my spiritual life, but I also feed my creative and entrepreneur side. Lately I’vebinge-listeningtening to Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger. Trust me when I say, you’ll be immediately inspired and find an old flame of redemption coming back to you. Give it a listen for free on iTunes or her website!
Create a Pinterest mood board
I love utilizing Pinterest as my creativity outlet when things seem dry. Where do you think the word “pinspiration” came from?? One thing I find myself doing more often, besides strategically organizing and categorizing my boards, is creating mood boards. Whether they are private for working projects or public so I can feed my followers, I love creating inspired boards that help me visualize what I need. Check out my Pinterest, here, and follow along for daily pinspiration!
Spend time in nature (disconnect)
Whether it’s going for a walk or sitting alone in the grass, disconnecting to be inspired is healthy for all of us. Spending time in nature has always been an easy, non-committed way that I can spend time with my thoughts and focus on what I need. Sometimes it’s just being alone to recharge or recover mentally, other times it might look like searching for thought-provoking perspectives for my blogs, new business ideas and helping clients. Either way, it’s important we take the time to leave our phone at the door and step outside for a breath of (literal) fresh air.
Brainstorm with a real pen and real piece of paper
One of my favorite things in graduate school was operational management. In that course, we had to literally take a piece of paper, no computer, and draw strategies and chain reactions. Sparing my nerd-rant, it was mentally charging to see my hand make connections with my thought process. When I start to feel in a slump or need to overcome writer’s block or I’ve hit my creative wall, I reach for a piece of paper. Seeing your inspired thoughts take form on paper can be crazy enlightening!
Talk it out (find a bouncer)
Lastly, find a bouncer and talk about it. After I spend so much time alone, I need someone to hear me out. I call that person a bouncer because I need to “bounce” my inspired ideas off of them and get feedback in the process. Whether that’s a mentor, friend, or spouse, finding someone to hear your thought process is beneficial. It’s also helpful to hear your thoughts translate from brain to mouth! My crucial tip for bouncing ideas off someone – make sure you trust their opinion. Whether you agree with their advice or not, having a valuable bouncer is extremely important to your success.
Just remember, walls are made to climb and it’s your job to find a way over. Whether that’s the traditional way or (hopefully) your creative way, just get over the wall.