Somewhere in the world, as I type this blog, someone’s gazing out a window—retreating from a world of cerebral overload. The quest for inspiration is one that many find intimidating, but it’s vitally important to care for yourself and your creativity. If you’re having troubles of your own in the creative department, here are a six popular things you can do to get inspired.
1. Go Outdoors
Laugh as you may, nature is a tried and true way for anybody to get their brain fired up. For one, relaxation will filter out the negativity affecting your ability to process information. The more you do things you love outside, the more you will recover mentally—leaving plenty of room for inspiration to pop in.
2. Read / Research
Maybe it’s obvious, but reading and researching can inspire an idea quickly. Try reading social media posts, online books, websites, magazines, novellas—everything. It should probably be relevant content, but I won’t lie and say I haven’t found help from unlikely sources.
Going somewhere specific, even if it’s a closeby city, has always inspired me in some way. When I travel, I see things I would have never seen, meet people I never would have met, and do things I never would have done. Try new foods, shop at new places. Traveling in and of itself is inspiring, and you may have to avoid getting overzealous so you can stick to the creative brief. Quite the opposite problem that you just had, no?
4. Get a Hobby
Find a craft or practice that you enjoy or are interested in. Some people enjoy photography, others enjoy painting, sewing, playing instruments, physical activity, or, for our resident associate creative director, pottery. It doesn’t have to be grand, but it does need to be something that gives you butterflies and daydreams. Whether or not it’s related to your project, doing something tactile that you enjoy will inspire you to break free.
5. Creativity Board
This is your own personal moodboard. Find inspirational pieces on Pinterest, Behance and other sites that showcase beautiful work. Once you start seeing creativity from others, you won’t have any trouble maximizing on your own. Sometimes, being around the right people at the right time (even digitally) can bring out the deepest and most inspired thoughts.
6. Do Nothing
Yes, you read that correctly. Very often for me, after reading a strategic or creative brief, I have an overwhelming amount of information that can stifle my creative process. However, this brain overload can be used to our advantage as creatives. Once you have packed your brain full of everything you could possibly know about the subject matter at hand, forget it. Do nothing. Stop thinking about it. Nine times out of ten, the best ideas come when you don’t expect them. That eureka moment will come to you, so stop chasing it.
Now that I’ve used the word “inspiration” ten times or more within this blog, maybe you have some of your own. When the pressure to be great is high, find things that relieve it. The worst possible case for you is to stay stressed. Enjoy the process, and go with your gut. If you’re just not creative, quote unquote, then you know how to find us!