"What do I write about, next?"
"Will people resonate with the topic I am writing about?"
"Is this even relevant?"
"Umm...what would be a better word for say, blah?"
We hit these creativity blocks whenever we are writing or creating any sort of content.
The truth is creativity ain't easy. Some people are born with design and creativity in their blood, whilst others acquire it through learning and training.
Whatever the case, we have all been there. Writer's block. Creativity chakra blocked. Stuck on a word. Stuck on an idea. Or worse no idea, at all.
I have been there, too, and I have found my way out of it, as well.
From ZERO ideas to well over 7-8 topic and design ideas, every time I hit the wall. And today, I am going to share with you how to make that happen.
The first part to it is knowing IT IS POSSIBLE and being OPEN TO THE IDEA.
So, let's start.
Creativity needs space to manifest
Clear and open spaces are a must to boost creativity. This is the number one mantra to get your creativity boosted.
Contrary to popular notion, creativity cannot manifest in places which are disorganized, totally haywire, sloppy, and in some real need of cleaning.
And I am not only talking about the space you are working in; the person creating the content (writing or design) should also feel great inside-out.
In order to boost creativity, the first step would be:
Clear the Clutter
The moment you start cleaning up the spaces around you, starting from the desk where you have been typing away, to the room where your desk sits, and slowly working your way outwards to the other rooms one by one, you will see magic unfold. Trust me, this DigiWitch knows her magic well.
Try to have your desk somewhere away from your bed or bedroom, altogether. Your study should be somewhere which opens up your mind, next to the window or an uncluttered corner.
If you have the tendency to get distracted by sounds or people moving about on the roads, then skip the window and make your study face a wall, a white wall, if you can. You can always decorate the white wall with colorful post-its to not only make it look alive but also keep important information, points to note, and to-do's, right in front of you, till it's done.
This not only boosts your creativity but also makes you a more efficient person. This is something I have done to my study, as well, and it brings you proven results.
How this step helps?
For creativity to manifest, you need to have an open mind. Open being the keyword here. This openness can only be achieved when you do not have an object of distraction lying every 6 inches for every inch of your step, inside your home/workspace.
It's simple, a clean home is a habitat for good things to take place. It boosts positivity, confidence, and ability to think clear. It might seem like a bit of a task, initially, but I promise you, you will indeed start seeing results almost immediately.
When you try this step and see the results, please do leave me a comment and let me know how it helped you. Be one of the gladiators to win this battle and share your experiences with your fellow gladiators to jump into the arena, as well.
Quick tip: Every morning when you wake up, make it a point to make your bed, almost immediately. Once you put in effort to make your bed, you will refrain from sliding into it and procrastinating your day's chores or even writing in your bed, as it might spoil your hard work. Thus, making you stay away from the sleep district.
Take notes continuously
Creative people will often swear by the fact that most of their ideas come to them when they are not even looking for it. The shower happens to be one of the favorite places where amazing ideas like to hang around.
To address this issue, work on your short term memory, as well as your note-taking skills. There are a number of cute and useful note apps on AppStore and PlayStore. Use them.
Make it a point to jot down the ideas you come up with as soon as you have them. You will have plenty of time to build upon them when you are actually writing/working/creating.
I use Google Keep on my Android phone and Notes on my Mac. Both are literally saviors when it comes to saving my ideas from getting lost in space, before I even have a chance to work on them.
Tap. Type. Save.
And you are done.
Many of us feel motivated when we are competing against someone or competing for a certain prize. It is just instant motivation to put in our best efforts.
Even in the case of slot machines, in a way you are competing against the person who comes in next on the machine, hoping you will hit the jackpot and take it home, instead of the person who plays on it next.
But I will give you a tip on instant motivation, which will help you not only at your work but your life, as a whole. It will make you more efficient, productive, make you feel alive and active.
The trick is to compete with yourself and your capabilities.
We often don't acknowledge the real things we are capable of. It won't happen till we push our boundaries. I know these words seem a bit quotes-y but it does work. It has worked for me.
All you need is to time yourself. The only 2 things you need to compete against yourself is to:
Time your work
Create good work
Putting a time constraint on yourself doesn't mean creating shoddy work. It means you are adding excitement to your otherwise mundane tasks. Beat your usual time and quality of work. Be so good!
If you did something in 1 hour earlier try to do it in 45 minutes or 30 minutes.
Tell yourself, I will get this done by 1.45 pm (Current time being 1 pm, for example). Clear goal. Don't just say 10 minutes, 30 minutes etc. specify the exact time.
In order to ensure you get it done in the said time, you will end up focusing much better and that will do a world of good to your work.
We cannot sacrifice quality for the sake of time, ever. The quality of our work defines us, so we cannot compromise on it.
Keep yourself motivated
The best part about this is there are so many resources sorted by industries and types from where you can source motivational quotes pertaining to your subject of interest.
Here area few quotes by me that inspire me and I go back to them every now and then.
Ever noticed how quotes increase engagements on any given post?
That is because of the millions of people who see certain quotes on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, need that particular quote at that specific point of time. It resonated with them.
Keep yourself motivated. Read quotes by famous people who have seen the world and shared their learning with us in short, witty lines.
It is certainly a gift that you can enjoy, share, and use to boost your creativity.
Learn something new everyday
You can't keep building new structures on an old and dated foundation. You need to keep making the foundation, stronger, sturdier, and more dependable.
The same goes for your knowledge in your area of interest, as well. The better you get at it, easier will be creating new, fresh, and relevant content on it.
We are so lucky to be blessed with so many online, digital, and live resources like Skillshare, learn-at-your-own pace certification courses, for example, the free courses on Hubspot and the subscription-based ones like Lynda by LinkedIn.
We need to have some real excuse to not use these amazing digital resources that are available to us.
Another great place to keep learning is social media. Following the people you admire can shed a lot of light on how you should approach your work and perspective to ensure success in what you do. Follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, beBee, read their blogs and learn from their experiences and ideas.
Sign up to newsletters of value-rich resources. Keep updating and upskilling yourself. You have no idea the amount of good it can do to not only your work, but to you as a person.
Learn. Learn. Learn.
The day we stop learning is the day we are dead. Period.
When you keep learning new things, creativity isn't far.
Don't force creativity
Ever heard of the saying "Happiness is like a butterfly?"
It goes like this:
"Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."
The same can be said for children, creativity, and money. However, it does not apply to success. So keep chasing success.