4 Ways You Can Always Stay Creative

James Logie

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Whether you’re a writer, running a massive company, or just looking to take on projects at home, being creative is a form of self-expression and is the backbone behind productivity and success.

And everyone could always use some more creativity.

Creativity goes hand in hand with productivity, and when you’re able to harness creativity — productivity soon follows.

Creativity is not limited to those in the arts, but it is the driving force behind your best work, no matter what that may be.

For some people, creativity comes more naturally than it does for others. But there are ways to give it a little nudge in the right direction.

Here are a few ways to harness creativity when you’re feeling unmotivated and uninspired.

1. Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something

Motion creates emotion, and emotion is critical in the creative process.

No matter if you’re a writer, musician, or putting together a new budget proposal; to get the best out of your work, you need that emotion and passion to put everything you have into it.

Since most of our time is spent sitting down, you need to get up and move.

It might just be a quick walk or jumping jacks, but when you start moving, that motion will translate into better energy that you can put towards your work.

Tony Robbins has always pointed out that when you change your physiology, you change your mental state and break any negative patterns. Improved physiology leads to improved emotions.

Improved emotions lead to better creativity.

Science backs this up too, as the change in emotion evokes neural activity.

Those negative patterns and mental state will always stifle creativity — so get up and move.

2. Read or Watch Something Inspirational

This can work in a few ways. First, it is beneficial whenever you hit a rut and feel you’re drained on a creative level. Turning to things that inspire and motivate you is a great way to get back on track.

It can be as simple as putting together a playlist of inspiring music or a collection of YouTube videos that you find motivating.

The inspiration can even come from what’s around you.

Surveys of businesses around the world continue to show workplaces filled with art increased inspiration, productivity, and creativity while improving well-being.

Watching, reading, looking at, or listening to inspirational things first thing each morning can also be a wonderful way to set up your creative process for the day.

A day that starts on a creative note leads you down a more productive path as the day goes on.

3. Start Getting More Regular Exercise

This will differ from the first point, which is about trying to break out of little ruts by generating quick emotion. Consistent exercise can lead to more consistent creativity.

Research from the Leiden University in the Netherlands found that those who exercised four times a week could think more creatively than those who were sedentary.

This has a double-pronged effect. When you need those little short-term bursts — as shown in the first point — your body is more able to adapt to a creative place.

Exercise strengthens that creative muscle along with your actual ones!

4. Refer Back to Your Best Work

You may have dozens of examples when your own creativity was at its best. Even if it’s just a handful, you know you can be creative and have fired on all cylinders at some point.

If you feel lacking in creativity, go back to some of your best stuff to get a reminder that not only can you be creative — but you will be again.

In whatever work you do, sometimes the best inspiration comes from yourself.

It’s something I’ve been doing lately by going back to some of my best writing and blog posts. It gets me back into that creative mindset that was working at the time.

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.” — Albert Einstein

Don’t Forget: Creativity Will Always Return

You will hit creative ruts from time to time; that’s just a fact. The best thing to take away from this is to just make peace with it.

Periods of non-creativity are not the end of the world — and you will break through them.

Like athletes who do the same pre-game ritual day in and day out, so it goes with the person who depends on creativity to be productive.

Creating a routine — and some things to fall back on during those dry spells — helps to create a dynamic where you’ll be able to snap out of it.

From there, you can get back on track to real creativity and progress.

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