Every now and then, we get stuck on a project, piece, or assignment or simply don’t feel fulfilled by the work we have done. It is commonly termed as creative block. But, as creative people, we are pretty doomed if we give up every time we face a creative block.
It’s often the little things and the minute details that inspire creativity. These tiny elements enhance the value of your work and make it stand out and appear innovative.
Creativity and inspiration, however, can be tricky to cultivate.
During such a complicated and slow day, you must focus on the small details. It encompasses all the people around you and the life you live each day. Likewise, small things can bring enormous happiness; small moments can inspire ingenuity; all you have to do is observe.
Whatever creative role you play, the following points will hopefully inspire your creative side, excite you, and help you find your creative inspiration.
Top 5 Tricks to Find Creative Inspirations
A person with new creative inspirations every day is as true as unicorns and fairylands. Of course, we all have our days where we are filled with innovative and insightful ideas, but the blues are another unavoidable facet of the same coin.
“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club”Jack London, American novelist
So, here are tips to find your creative inspiration, shake off the lack of ingenuity, and catalyze your motivation multiple folds:
Explore Consumer Insights
Using a search engine to find inspiration is a good idea if you know your target keywords and/or topics. For example, imagine you want to make an infographic about the amazing sun hats your brand makes. If you search for “sun hats,” you can see related searches consumers are looking for, including packable sun hats, floppy sun hats, and sun-protection hats, each of which can inspire new content ideas.
Also, you may want to consider using a keyword search tool like Google’s Keyword Planner or Ubersuggest to dig deeper into the data and keywords.
You will see several keywords and phrases related to your topic on both of these sites. Furthermore, you may want to try plugging your keywords into a visual platform.
Where else can you find ideas? Look at where your audience hangs out. Try topic-focused forums, like the Reddit subreddit communities, or ask questions on sites such as Quora or Yahoo Answers.
Perhaps your target demographic is already discussing the issues your product addresses, which makes for some good talking points for your next piece of creativity.
Take a Break for Black Screen and Social Media
Being able to find everything easily has its own negative aspects. The amount of information we are exposed to every day is overwhelming: almost 90 percent of the data on the internet was created after 2016. We live in an oversaturated world with information and opinions.
There’s nothing wrong with learning about and practicing media literacy and critical thinking, but do you know what else is important? A break from the media for a while.
Here are three major reasons to take a break from social media:
- First, it Hurts Your Self Esteem: Seeing your friends and family hit a new success milestone is sure a great feeling. But, their achievements and career progress can also make you feel less successful (it is only human). Furthermore, we often compare private relationships and body images too, which negatively affects our self-image and makes us feel lonely.
- Hamper Productivity: It can have a negative impact on your quality of life and subjective well-being. There is also evidence that social media use is associated with depression. In addition, it affects your happiness when you compare yourself to your peers and see how they are doing. Creative creators are particularly sensitive to their feelings, and their work often reflects that. Negative emotions can be inspiring, but they also inhibit productivity.
- It is Exhausting: Staring at the black screen for longer can make you feel tired and sleepy. Likewise, while scrolling through social media, we stare at a blue-light emitting screen instead of sleeping. Again, this leads to restlessness and insomnia. In addition, you see bad news and other people’s life right before you go to sleep, so it affects your dreams (thus your creativity), too.
Yes! Quitting screen time, especially during the pandemic, is not possible. But, you can try to cut it down to as least as possible. Try taking 1-2 hours off the black screen every day and spend time with yourself. See how it goes!
Journaling is part meditation, part contemplation, part scheduling.
However, it is so much more. It allows you to evaluate your thoughts, feelings, and ideas. It will enable you to organize your chaotic thoughts.
Though it is an intimate and personal act, it contributes to your creativity collectively. Journals can be tailored to what you want your life to be like.
Jot down notes and save articles that interest you. This way, you’ll always have something to read, something to strive for. Your mind will never be without ideas.
Identify every single goal, objective, and idea that comes to your mind and write them down. Again, focus on quantity over quality – you can sort them out and refine the best ones later.
Creative inspiration can strike at the most unexpected and inconvenient times. However, in the course of your regular journal-keeping, you would have no problem jotting down goals and ideas anywhere and everywhere.
Make the most of journaling by keeping a small notebook with you, or you can use an app on your phone. This will help you pin down ideas as you go. Inspiration can strike anywhere, so being prepared is wise and fruitful.
Everybody’s system is different, so experiment and discover what works best for you. You might not succeed with your first attempt, but you should keep journaling. Don’t stop trying different ways to journal until you find one that works for you.
Let your creativity flow unrestrained!
Read Books, Tune In to Podcasts, Watch Movies
No matter how much experience and expertise you have, there is never enough reading and learning when working in the creative industry. The collective knowledge shapes the ideas in accordance with them, so creative professionals need to adapt, innovate and create to push the boundaries of their industries.
It was in the corner of a room where Johannes Vermeer found inspiration for his life’s work, not in an endless library just two clicks away. While we, on the other hand, have the world at our fingertips. Online, eons of history and creation can be accessed in a matter of seconds. Moreover, the source of inspiration is available in the form of materials to read, watch, or listen to every day.
Graphic designers spend a considerable amount of time on Behance, Dribble, and Pinterest. In addition, writers always read books, online magazines, blogs, podcasts, and webinars for the latest trends and news.
Moreover, not all information you consume must be related to your field of work. Inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere. For example, films can inspire you to paint, poetry can inspire you to illustrate, and paintings and photographs can boost your work as an art director.
You just need to keep looking!
Be Part of a Community
Often, creative minds think alike, but from minds who think alike, you get new ideas and perspectives. Likewise, when you surround yourself with peers who share your perspective, you get new ideas and creative inspirations. So, engage with your local community by attending events in your area or online.
As a creative professional, you can learn from your peers online and ask for their opinions.
There are numerous blogs and groups online, podcasts, and social media platforms for finding inspiration.
In today’s hyper-connected world, it is possible to stay in touch with the top creative minds in your niche and learn about their innovative approaches, processes, and mindsets. Remember, inspiration can strike anywhere, anytime!
Let the Creative Heart Fly
It’s normal to feel uninspired or stuck sometimes. Though creativity is a never-ending process, you need to take breaks and refocus your mind periodically. The above-mentioned simple tricks can help you find inspiration and focus your creative energy on something that can help you grow and feel appreciated.
But don’t push yourself too hard. Creativity isn’t something you can force. So instead, invest some time in yourself, explore new things, experiment, and never stop being an imaginative kid at heart.