Most people think that creativity comes naturally, that inspiration strikes in the middle of the night for you to jot down into a cute notebook that you have ready on your bedside table. The truth is, being creative takes as much sustained effort as going to the gym - and for some, can be harder.
Whether you’re seeking more inspiration for your job or just want to add some creativity in your everyday life, here are 4 ways to kick start the creative process:
1. Explore with a camera
They say a photo is worth a thousand words. The next time you see an interesting bookstore, bruised clouds before a storm, or the last bunch of flowers at the florist, take a photo to keep as a source of inspiration. Having a camera means you can print them out easily, scribble down a caption with a pen, and stick them on your wall or office space for those days that feel like they’re going on forever.
2. Document everything
Most people find carrying a notebook and pen to be a useful tool for jotting down ideas or interesting things they encounter. These days, smartphones have made note taking much more convenient, and much more subtle. A strange conversation you overhear on the train, a scene between two people at a sidewalk cafe, the day you woke up to warm sunlight coming in through your curtains - jotting down two or three things that snagged your imagination every day can help ensure you lead a more creative life.
3. Go out of your routine
It’s often hard to be constantly inspired when you see the same things every day. As much as you want to be able to note down things that capture your imagination, sometimes a change of scenery can add a bit of creativity to a daily routine. It can be as simple as heading to the ocean to look at the surf before dawn, or as significant as planning a camping trip under the stars out of town, but whatever it is, changing your routine can give you new material to draw from as well as a physical break from creative block.
4. Create an inspiring workspace
They say a cluttered desk makes a cluttered mind, but it’s important to add little touches to your desk to help keep your workspace bright and inviting. A small bunch of flowers in a simple vase, a little green cactus plant, or an inspiration board of places you want to go, art that moves you, or polaroids you’ve taken, are little ways you can bring creativity into aspects of your work life.