Let’s face it, some days you just can’t get off the ground. Especially in the cold winter months, it can seem a very daunting task to muster any level of energy and creativity. With post-holiday work pressures mounting, cold and flu season nipping at your heels and a host of detractors fighting to reduce your creative potential, it is no wonder you might have difficulties getting creative when you need to. However, with years of experience traveling for music team building events and having to bring our top talent and creativity regardless of circumstances, we have developed some tried and true ways to inspire creativity even when we aren’t naturally feeling very creative.
Start By Creating Inspiration
The truth is, some days creativity comes naturally and flows overboard. Other days, it can be a bit of a struggle to be very creative. However, we have learned one way to inspire creativity is simply to create it.
What does that mean exactly? Well, it means that instead of viewing creativity as an intangible aspect of your being that you either have or do not have at your disposal, you have to reorient your thinking to imagine that you have to create that which will inspire you. Start by utilizing things you are particularly drawn to. Perhaps the sights and sounds of country music are soothing and energizing to your creative spirit. Or maybe vigorous physical activity, such as running a race, creates a natural creative environment for you. Whatever it may be, inspire creativity by leveraging the things you are most likely to find inspiration in.
Recruit Peers To Help Inspire Creativity
Creativity is often maximized in numbers. Instead of shouldering the entire burden yourself, recruit friends and peers to help you reach creative potential. This is especially useful when you simply cannot avoid or postpone a creative deadline. By recruiting others to bring their creative abilities to the table, you can exponentially increase the potential for creative output. They may inspire you in ways you could not have on your own and they will relieve you of having to inspire all creativity on your own—which reduces pressure and actually acts to help you be more creative.
When In Doubt, Take A Mental Break
Some days, you might just not “have it”—at least not just readily available. Give yourself the right to take a mental break. Meditate, zone out or simply just change your scenery for a bit. Sometimes simply switching gears for a short period can help you relax and recover your creativity. If you can get outside or stretch your legs (read: step away from your desk!), you stand an even better chance of returning refreshed and ready for creative juices to flow.