5 Ways to Get Out of a Creative Slump

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From time to time everyone gets into a creative slump. What’s a person to do? Here are a couple of tricks you can try:

  1. Collaborate with inspiring people – In his book, The Element, Ken Robinson talks about finding your tribe. A tribe is a group of people who inspire you and push you to become better at your craft. Tapping into your tribe when you’re in a creative slump can help to get your creative juices flowing. A good place to add to your tribe, or find tribe members, is Twitter. If you search on Twitter you can find lots of chats where you can connect with like minded folks. One way to find chats is to do a hashtag (#) search. By searching on topics like #creativity, I was able to find one of my favorite weekly chats #innochat. We gather each week at noon EST to chat about creativity and innovation. Join us if you wish. Everyone is super welcoming.
  2. Change your scenery – stepping out into nature can help with creativity. Sometimes being confined inside, or in the mundane setting of an office can zap your energy. Take a moment to grab some fresh air and people watch.
  3. Make use of your creative energy when you have it – sometimes creativity comes in fits and starts. When I’m feeling particularly creative, I make sure to keep a list of all the ideas I have. Then, when I feel a creative slump coming on, I’ll refer to this list for a kickstart. This¬† serves as my system for blogging. I keep a list of title ideas and descriptions as drafts. Then late at night when the kids are asleep, or on weekends, I work these kernels of ideas into blog posts.
  4. Pick up a new book, watch an interesting video, listen to great music – sometimes when looking for inspiration you can find it in a great book or an interesting video. When I’m looking for ideas, I will sometimes head to the library, or find a cozy nook at the bookstore. If you’re online, try watching a video from www.ted.com or browsing through www.youtube.com. There are also tons of great indie artists. A unique spin on a movie or music might be all you need.
  5. Step away – if all else fails, step away and sleep on it. Sometimes all you need is a breather to give life to a creative idea. The art of incubation can help connect unconscious associations into new and novel ideas. Have you ever come up with a brilliant idea after sleeping on it or while in the shower? These aha moments might be a result of stepping away and incubating.

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