Find your creative flow
‘A flow state, also known colloquially as being in the zone, is the mental state in which a person performing some activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energised focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by the complete absorption in what one does, and a resulting transformation in one’s sense of time.’ – Wikipedia
I love it when I’m working on something and I’m completely immersed in the activity. It’s probably one of the few times that I’m fully present, enjoying the moment just as I find it. Without wishing to sound too cheesy, when I’m in a creative flow it’s like connecting with a dear old friend!
Increase your creativity
There’s a lot of research into the concept of creative flow, with various conditions and formulas outlined to help us to understand it. Today, I’m sharing a few things to consider when it comes to increasing your creativity and finding your creative flow. Please be encouraged to share your tips in the comments. I’d love to hear how you find your creative flow!
Find your creative flow
1. Think about your environment
Take a moment to consider your preferred working environment. I like an uncluttered, calm space and my favourite tunes. However, many of my art college friends were happy working in a busy studio surrounded by people and activity. Choose an environment that best supports you and your creativity.
This wonderful film from the BBC archive shows an interview with Roald Dahl. I love his modest work set up and the simple rituals he performs before writing. It perfectly illustrates the value of creating a space that works for you.
2. Silence the noise and distractions
I don’t know about you, but I find it impossible to reach a state of creative flow when I’m being interrupted. So, before you start, you could take a moment to mute, silence, postpone or delay whatever you can. In addition to a greater enjoyment of the task, you’ll probably get a lot more acheived when you’re not being disturbed.
Another factor to be aware of is consuming too much content. This can sometimes hinder our creative work and in some cases, stop us from getting started. Finding a way to silence external influences, helps us to connect with who we are, encouraging our thoughts, ideas and creativity to flow.
3. Immerse yourself in the activity
When we’re working on something, it’s lovely to immerse ourselves in the process. It is where the magic happens, and when we let go of perfectionism, become playful and enjoy the process, things may come up that we hadn’t even expected. It’s a magical place where we can welcome our most creative work.
4. Try not to focus on the finished product
When we’re not focusing on the finished product, we’ll undoubtedly become more present. Getting into a creative flow is all about enjoying the moment rather than focusing on the outcome.
5. Do what you love
I’m sure it goes without saying, but when we do the things we enjoy we’re more able to reach a creative flow. It’s, therefore, good to consider what makes you feel good and brings you joy.
6. Refill your creative tank
Your time away from your practice is important. Refilling the tank with inspiration and ideas is all part of the continuous cycle. Activities that are proven to support our creativity are spending time with others, meeting new people, being in nature and connecting with other forms creativity, for example, visiting museums and galleries. I’ve explored these ideas in more detail here: six simple ways to nurture your creativity.
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Thank you, as always, for stopping by. I hope you have a beautiful and inspiring day. Until next time, I’ll see you over on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.