Rituals to Boost Creativity
We all have those moments when we lose sight of our creativity and don’t know how to get it back. Here are some tips to get your juju back so you can get sh*t done!
Have a routine – giving yourself a consistent routine gives you the ability to subconsciously do things without thinking too much. This will leave you with more mental space to focus on more important things at work and in your personal life. Many people create a morning and night routine so they have consistency in their life and don’t have to think too much of what they need to get done.
Wear a uniform (simplifying your outfits) – adding to the point mentioned above, creating some kind of uniform for yourself helps you spend less time planning what to wear in the morning. Obama follows this tip, minimizing his wardrobe to either gray or blue suits so he could exert less energy trying to figure out what to wear every morning. This allows him to focus on the tasks at hand.
Break a sweat – exercise, whether it means taking a quick walk around the block or running around the neighborhood for two hours. This has been said multiple times but exercise is known to help with clearing one’s mind and improving brain function, memory and thinking skills. To take a break from work, some people go to the gym and work out or take a class for a change of environment and to get a new burst of inspiration.
Eliminate stress – the thing that makes us go crazy and overthink all the time. To lessen the burden, try doing at least one thing a day that helps relieve you of your stress. Whether it’s exercising like the tip above, zoning in on a hobby you love or taking up a new one, this can help you focus on things other than your to-do list. s, I like to have game night with my girls or babysit my little cousins to help change my perspective on life to get away from the stresses being overwhelmed with work.
Stay focused – think about your goals, purpose, values and morals. Once you define what each of those mean to you, try to avoid doing peripheral activities, tasks and projects. Make room for things that have more meaning in your life and help you grow as an individual. To help you decipher what is important to you, check out our article, Identifying Your Why and ask yourself the same questions listed in the article to help you stay focused on your goals.
Connect and Collaborate – two minds (or more) are better than one! When you’re stuck on a task and need help, ask around! Getting outside perspective can sometimes help you see things from a different point of view through stimulating, quality conversations. A good example of this is a group project. People are assigned to work together to complete a project. They may not always have the same mindset or opinion but they collaborate and contribute different perspectives to get the job done.
Write 3 morning pages – Morning Pages is a concept that comes from The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This exercise consists of writing as soon as you wake up. All you have to do is write three full pages of longhand, stream-of-consciousness thoughts on a 8.5” x 11” notebook. It does not have to be perfect nor does it have to make sense. Morning Pages is just a way to let your thoughts out and clear your mind to help prepare it for the day. Bonus if you discover a revelation along the way.
A lot of these tips have helped me with boosting creativity in my own life, especially with collaborations and writing morning pages. Whenever I struggle with writer’s block, I use the technique to get all my thoughts out and to clear my mind. Collaborations also help as the current projects I have constantly give me inspiration in my journalism and passion projects simply because of the people I connect with and the work that they do. These tips have helped me maintain my creative productivity and keep me on top of my game and hopefully they will do the same for you!