Finding your creative flow
I don’t know about you, but I produce my most authentic work when I feel good. There’s something about feeling my best that encourages my creative ideas to flow, like a kind of clearness and clarity where everything falls into place. It also enables me to connect with my heart and intuition, often resulting in a few lost hours to the joy of the creative process.
When I don’t take the time to look after myself, my creative work can feel like rowing upstream. So, tapping into a positive energy before I start, often leads to a more productive work session. This enables me to find my creative flow a little quicker and to work smarter and not harder!
‘Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world.’ Brené Brown
There are many terms used when referring to this creative state so whether it’s finding your flow, vibe, mojo, zone or alignment there are a few things you can try. Today I’m sharing the things I do to get myself into a good place before creating. As always, I recommend trying the ideas that resonate and being open to making changes as and when you feel you need to. Creativity can be a tricky customer so approaching it from a place of curiosity and wonder is often the best way forward!
Silence the noise and distractions
In our lives, there are countless things pulling for our attention. Distractions may include commitments, to-do lists, email and social media and some can influence us to the point where we’re no longer creating from the heart but from someone else’s agenda.
One way to silence the noise is to enjoy some uninterrupted tranquillity. This could be achieved by going for a walk, journaling, meditating, reading, relaxing and so on. Finding a way to silence the world can enable you to connect with your inner self, encouraging your creative thoughts to flow from within.
To go a step further, when you quieten the mind you also quieten the ego, moving away from the idea of how your work will be received to a place of unrestricted freedom. It’s lovely to create from the heart free from external pressures or the trap of creating work that is deemed popular. (Further reading: the benefits of taking a week offline.)
Create a comfortable environment
Another way is to make some small changes to your workspace because creating a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment will enhance how you feel and support your creativity. As with everything, there are no rules, so whether you prefer a calm and minimal space or a busy setting of inspirational images, take the time to make something that works for you. (Further reading: how to create a productive workspace.)
This wonderful film from the BBC archive recently popped up on Facebook. It’s an interview with Roald Dahl and it shows his modest work set up and the simple rituals he goes through before writing. I love how everything must be just right before he begins and it perfectly illustrates the value of creating a space that compliments your preferred working style.
Do what you love
It’s great to consider what motivates you and makes you feel good. That way you’ll be able to tap into your positive energy whenever you’ve hit a wall with your creativity. Happiness triggers may involve a cuppa with a friend, baking a cake or simply lighting a scented candle and curling up with a book. Find out what lifts you and make some space for it.
Many of us also achieve an increase in strength and motivation when we exercise. While I’m exercising I often notice a flurry of ideas – this can be a little problematic when I’m swimming and without my pen and paper! So, whether it’s a brisk walk or a workout, it’s great to indulge in the things that will fuel your creative flow.
Spend time with uplifting souls
Spending time with those on the same wavelength can be a game changer. We’re all hard-wired for connection, so it’s valuable to carve out time for the people who lift and motivate us. There are lots of ways to meet creative folk, from organising your own gatherings to attending a local meet up. Creating alone can be isolating so forming relationships with fellow creatives is one way to stay motivated and in touch.
It’s helpful to share your ups and downs with others and it can make any hurdles you’re facing a little less daunting. I’m always excited to reconnect with my creative work when I’ve spent time with others and a little distance can work wonders! (Further reading: the inspiration and joy of creative friendships.)
Go for a wander
There’s something magical about getting outside and it enables us to see the bigger picture. This is especially beneficial if we overthink because taking a step out of our situation can give us a fresh new perspective and even make our problems seem smaller.
Looking at the sky, the trees and the unlimited space opens our minds, helping us to tap into our heart and intuition and create from a place of authenticity. So, if your mind starts to feel a little foggy, try getting outside, it can reset the balance, giving a new angle on what you’re working on.
Feed your imagination
It’s valuable to have a few things you can feed off when you need some encouragement. They might include uplifting music, inspiring TED talks, podcasts or even a guided meditation. So why not bookmark, save or create a playlist for the times when you need some positivity.
You may also find strength in reading books, flicking through magazines or enjoying motivational quotes, mantras or affirmations. Creating a collection of items for the more challenging days is like putting together a motivational toolkit. Always do whatever you can to help yourself and support your work. (Further reading: six simple ways to nurture your creativity.)
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Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a beautiful and inspiring day!