Happy Monday! I believe that every career, or every task in life, requires a little bit of creativity.
[pipdig_padded_text] Whether it’s hair and beauty, designing, landscapes, photography, accounting, publishing, customer services, writing and editing, hospitality or admin – they all require some creativity on one level or another.
As a blogger, budding seamstress and future traveller, I find that my creativity comes and goes. There are some days where I’m super motivated, ready to take on the world and complete my entire to-do list before lunch. And then there are some days where I don’t see the point in even trying, my brain feels like it’s broken and the only item I need in my life is my bed. That’s the rollercoaster of life.
Today I’m sharing my top tips for getting the creative mojo back, each method has worked for me! [/pipdig_padded_text]
[pipdig_padded_text] “I can’t” gets you absolutely nowhere. It sounds kind of cheesy, but one of the best things you can do for yourself is believe that you can achieve. They used to tell us this kind of stuff all the time when I was in school, in fact, our school motto was “Enjoy. Learn. Succeed.” At the time, I just thought it was a catchphrase teachers pushed on pupils because they had nothing else to tell us. But in reality, we were being taught to enjoy our days, learn something new and succeed at every hurdle. None of those things can be done without that extra sprinkle of self-belief. And I learned that the hard way. [/pipdig_padded_text]
[pipdig_padded_text] One of my most common phrases is: “I have so much on my to-do list I don’t know where to start”. But then I don’t start. Because I feel so overwhelmed with the things yet to do, I struggle with the idea of tackling it all and nothing gets done. For me, the best way to avoid this, is literally just take one task at a time. Just start at the top, and complete each task as you go. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter what order it’s in, as long as it’s completed then my mind is at ease. There are occasions when I start with the chore I don’t want to do, and then it’s out the way! [/pipdig_padded_text]
[pipdig_padded_text] This is key for me. Whenever I’m struggling to finish a blog post, finding it difficult to conjure up something new or even write an Instagram caption, I try to switch up my current situation. Most of the time, this just means stepping outside, taking in the fresh air and trying to bring all my thoughts back to one place. Sometimes this means actually getting up and going somewhere new, maybe disappearing for a few minutes before I return to my desk refreshed and full of new ideas. [/pipdig_padded_text]
[pipdig_padded_text] Inspiration can be the best motivation. That’s one of the reasons I think social media is such a handy tool to have. There’s something about seeing others do well that makes me want to do well. And it doesn’t come from a place of competition or negativity, it’s more like encouragement and a push to keep going. When I see others achieve wonderful things, I think: “I can do that too” and it makes me want to work that little harder and bring the mojo back. I often find that taking inspiration from others, especially when it comes to content creation is a great way to spring myself into action and get to work. [/pipdig_padded_text]
[pipdig_padded_text] I think quite a lot of people avoid silence. Most like to say, “I must have music otherwise I can’t work” or “I can’t function without background noise”, but I think it’s great to try sitting down in total silence and just focusing on the goal ahead, even trying a little meditation. Silence leaves us with nothing but our own thoughts and it can have a really powerful effect. That’s why apps like Headspace are so popular, because taking those few minutes to just slow down and really letting our minds wander can be where the greatest ideas are born. [/pipdig_padded_text]