Don’t Let Creativity Stagnate Going Into the New Year
2020 is almost behind us and everyone is gearing up for a very different looking holiday season. However, this doesn’t mean that creativity needs to stagnate — there are plenty of ways to enjoy and inspire creativity. The Cigar Factory team has put together this post to help our creative tenants and other like-minded creatives with instilling and keeping creativity alive throughout the holiday season and into the new year. We know we’re ready for 2021…
Break Through the Block
Perhaps you’re having trouble finding the inspiration to start creating. Maybe you’ve lost inspiration in the middle of a project? Whatever the situation, here are some ways you can get the creative juices flowing again.
Move Things Around
Feeling uninspired? Try rearranging your work area. Clear off and organize your space, get a new chair and/or desk or tools, place your favorite trinket on your workstation — maybe even try moving to a new area altogether. A simple thing like changing your vantagepoint could be all you need to stop the blockage. If you do try moving your workspace, try somewhere with natural light and fewer opportunities for distraction (even if that just means putting your phone away).
Get the Blood Pumping!
If you’re feeling sluggish and this is contributing to your lack of creative inspiration, try getting up from your workstation and go for a walk or do a yoga lesson or workout session. Anything that will stimulate your senses and get the blood moving again will do wonders for your stamina, creatively and physically. Win-Win.
Write It All Out
If you have a large project looming, it is easy to feel overwhelmed which can lead to the ever destructive snowball effect. How to combat this? Write it all down. Make a step-by-step list and follow it so you don’t let creativity stagnate due to procrastination from being overwhelmed.
Brainstorm With the Team
For those creatives who work on a team, make time for a brainstorming session. If you can, strip off the professional facade and make it fun. Turn it into an informal virtual happy hour with pizza and beer (or your social comfort foods of choice) and discuss the direction of the project you’re all tasked with. Who knows? You might go in a direction that you never even thought of!
Join a Group Outside of Work
On the flipside, perhaps you work alone. This might be especially difficult at the moment, given the year 2020 has been. If loneliness is the source of stagnant creativity, consider joining a creative group in your area of expertise and/or interest. Meetup is a great resource to find like minded people in your field.
Mind Map It Out
Mind maps are a creative’s best friend. It is a visual way to map out and organize more visual information and details that can help make your project the best it can be. Unfamiliar with mind mapping? Check out this guide on How To Mind Map.
Utilize the Creative Tools of the Internet
Take a Break
OK, burnout is real. If you’ve been working at 110 miles per hour all year, you might be struggling to find the inspiration you need to be creative — even for a personal project. After all, you’re only human. Don’t try to push through burnout, your body is telling you it needsa break. Take some time to watch your favorite movies, listen to music, read that book you’ve been putting off, or whatever you do to unwind. You’ll be surprised at how much it makes a difference when you get back to it.
Be Your Best Creative Self Going Into 2021
The above mentioned ways will help you get started on your journey towards creative inspiration. But don’t stop there! We’re certainly not the end all be all when it comes to all the ways you can instill and keep inspiration going throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Ultimately, you know what’s best for you — take a moment to ask yourself what you need. It may not even be something on this list. Maybe all you need to do is listen to your favorite song and Voila! masterpiece created.
We wish you all the creativeness this holiday season. See you in 2021!