It can be difficult to be creative. We’ve all been in an artistic rut, luckily there are a few things you can do to get out of them. Considering we have a business that relies on our artistic creations, we’ve run into a few things that help us when we’re in a rut and we hope these tips can help you too.
Identifying the Issue
Sometimes you don’t know when your artistic ability has been compromised. It often doesn’t happen overnight. It can be a gradual downgrade you might not even notice until it’s already taken its toll. The best way to prevent the blockage of artistic juices is by following the simple suggestions below. You can ask yourself a few simple questions to determine if you’re already in a rut.
- Do you look forward to your artistic time?
- Do you think about your artistic time while doing other things?
- Do you show your arts or crafts to close friends or loved ones?
If you answered NO to any of the above questions, follow the steps below to get your crafty mentality back!
Change of Scenery
When you’ve hit a roadblock in your crafts, it might be time to get a new view. Literally changing where you do your work can have a tremendous effect on your products. Try going to your local coffee shop to crank out that report you’ve been working on or work on that blog post you can’t seem to make time for. Maybe try heading to a library if you think peace and quiet will help.We love going to the park with the kids. They get to run around and have fun while we sketch out ideas and potential designs.
We love going to the park with the kids. They get to run around and have fun while we sketch out ideas and potential designs for new shirts. Hearing the birds chirping and the kids playing can ignite a feeling of serenity. This can help free up the rest of your brain to stop worry and start focusing on whatever it is you’re trying to do.
Pick a Different Time to Think
If you normally try to think about new ideas on your lunch break at work, try thinking about new ideas at the gym or something that’s simply not routine. I used to go to bed thirty minutes early so I could plan out my next day and come up with new ideas. After a few months or even half a year, I realized I wasn’t making great progress and I was just wasting time by going to bed early. I switched my routine around and now I take a longer lunch break and do most of my thinking after lunch. This works for me, but maybe doing your critical thinking would work better while you’re at the gym or the last thirty minutes of work, or even at the grocery store. I find that doing some mundane task while fishing my mind for new ideas can help. I know the fidget spinner craze doesn’t have much scientific evidence, but I backed one of the first fidget cubes and I believe it helps to keep my mind just active enough to contemplate new ideas.
Set Goals and End Goals
Forcing your brain to be artistic can be taxing. It’s always good to have an exit plan. I usually do thirty minutes. If after thirty minutes I’m not flowing with creative thought, I break for a bit and try again later. I also set a clear goal before any thinking session. If it’s a blog post, I aim for a few paragraphs or sections. If I’m working on a new logo for a client’s shirt I’ll aim to complete either the design research, concept art, or colors and material. I never do all at once.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask For Help
No one can do it all alone, except maybe Van Gogh (and his works weren’t appreciated until after his death). I often ask my significant other for help or an opinion. Even if I don’t agree, their opinion is still valued and makes me think of my work in another light or from another angle. There’s a reason the painting with a twist sessions are so popular. It helps to get out of your element and work artistically together with others. Posting your unfinished work or asking for new ideas online is a great idea. I often post my thoughts on Reddit or other community websites and get great feedback or suggestions. Find yourself a nice online community or better yet, start your own. Ello is a great not-so-well-known social network with a lean towards art.
Find Your Comfy Spot
You must be comfortable so your brain can stop worrying and focus on the task at hand. When I’m in my house and I need to get a report done, I have a certain spot on the couch that I know is necessary. When I get to my comfy spot with my laptop and nothing else to bother me, I know I can get the creativity sparked. It’s funny how sensitive finding the right spot can be. I might be in the right spot on the couch or chair, but if the AC is off by one degree, it can throw my balance off. Make sure you have the right lighting, whether you’re a night owl and like it to be dark, or a morning person and need natural sunlight.
You should feel at home in your comfy spot, even if you’re not technically at home. It should be in a room or area where distractions are minimalized. If you do well with background noise or people chattering, try going out of your home to a local cafe or even the beach if you’re near one. I’ve come to find I prefer dead silence when trying to come up with new thoughts. I’m easily distracted by the slightest discomfort or unknown noise, not to mention a slight social anxiety. Everyone is different and it takes time to find the perfect location. One thing that might help you find your comfy spot is to think of where you’re most productive doing school work, or when you did school work. If you can use that same spot or replicate a lot of the factors that made it a great study location, it’s likely to help you find the best creative spot.
Caffeine, Caffeine, Caffeine!
This is obviously optional, caffeine is not for everyone. It affects everyone differently and finding the right amount can be difficult. But once you get all of the factors above ironed out, the proper caffeinated beverage can put you over the top creatively! Keep in mind caffeine has a half-life of about six hours. This means half of the effects will be through your system after six hours and this is about the time you start to feel sluggish. I’ve found my body is very sensitive to coffee and if I drink it after three o’clock in the afternoon it starts to mess with my sleep schedule. I’ve grown accustomed to this and just make sure I set aside time for creative thought before three. I know people that can chug a can of Mountain Dew right before falling asleep. You just have to get to know your body and find what works best for you.
As with anything, finding the perfect mix of the above takes time, nothing happens overnight. Find your sweet spot for each element above and I’m sure you’ll get the creative juices flowing in no time!
We hope you liked our little brain dump on how to get the creative juices flowing. Do you have any tips or tricks you use to help you be creative? Please leave them in the comments below.