The Artist at work episode 19
6 Tips to Get Creatively Unstuck
Ever since I can remember, nothing has relaxed me the way laying on the beach does. The crashing of the waves, the sand in your toes, the sun on your face, the breeze in your hair… you get the point. But over the years I’ve realized pools and just water in general can have the same effect on me. So a walk down by the lake or a dip in a hot tub can do wonders.
The same thing happens with creativity. We want to tap into that perfect scenario, but we aren’t set up for that in that moment. So we need to pivot and twirl till we find something that gets us back on track.
In this week’s episode of The Artist at Work, we are talking about 6 ways to get yourself creatively unstuck. These aren't revolutionary, but they are things we tend to easily forget to implement when we are in a rut or just feeling stuck. So perhaps they'll serve as a nice reminder to tap into when you need them.
1 / Move your body. Whether that’s a living room sweat sesh or a walk outside, getting those steps in and your heart rate up with scientifically (and physiologically) improve your mood, day and creativity.
2/ Consume content, instead of creating it. If you’re someone who is constantly making things, which most of us are even if that’s just 50 emails to your team, taking a break from that churn mentality and taking in someone else’s deliverables is a nice break. It gives your mind something else to focus on and gives that creator slice of your brain a break.
3/ Take a break and come back to that task later. Simple, I know. But by just doing something else – perhaps admin-y or a task that is entirely different than what you were doing – you’ll give that idea/ project/ to-do space to evolve and rest, allowing yourself to be able to return to it with a refreshed energy.
4/ Give yourself space to get distracted. Yes, plan in some procrastination time to let yourself be inspired by who knows what. Fall into that internet rabbit hole. You’re likely to find surprises around every corner that will somehow, magically bring you back to where you need to be.
5/ Plan and prioritize rest. No chance I’m the first to tell you that sleep is good for you. But so is rest. That downtime where you are letting your work brain turn off so you can come back the next day *actually* ready to give it your all. Personally, I plan my rest and put it on my calendar. Everything else that is important and a priority I handle that way, so rest is no different.
6/ Journal. Whether it's long hand or brain dumping in a Google doc, we have come back to journaling this year with a new appreciation. I’ve been experimenting with gratitude-focused journaling, in particular, and have really liked the framework it’s given my thoughts. It’s a consistent template to get my ideas flowing. Sometimes a blank piece of paper can be so intimidating, ya know? While I write mine out in a notebook, I know some of you prefer a digital tool. So I created a simple Google doc for you to give it a try yourself.
To hear the conversation for yourself, hop on over to Episode 19 of The Artist at Work pod or use the player below. It comes in just under 12 minutes so you can listen to it while you are getting ready, making your lunch, walking your dog, folding your laundry… or ya know, just about anything 😉
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