Published On: October 27th, 2017

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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!

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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, any of my art college friends were content 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 think it’s impossible to reach a state of creative flow when we’re being interrupted. So, before you start, take a moment to mute or silence or postpone or delay whatever you can. In addition to a greater enjoyment of the task, you’ll probably get a lot more down when you’re not being disturbed.

Another thing to be aware of is consuming too much content. It can 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 the greatest joy.

6. Refill your creative tank

Your time away from your practice is just as important as your creating. Refilling the tank with inspiration and ideas is all part of the continuous cycle. I don’t think you can have one without the other.

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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Further reading

The simple working habits of creative people
Useful tips from 12 creative business owners
Simple everyday rituals to support your creative work and life

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.

20 Comments

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    Sue 27th October 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Fab idea here and I love that graphic with the boldly coloured leaves!

    • Natasha
      Natasha 27th October 2017 at 7:55 am - Reply

      Thanks, Sue. I hope you have a fabulous Friday!

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    fashionforlunch 27th October 2017 at 9:14 am - Reply

    So many great tips and I really needed this yesterday! I was a mess and probs only got about 30 minutes work done all day!!! Terrible!!!?

    • Natasha
      Natasha 27th October 2017 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Thank so much, Kirsty. Don’t be hard on yourself, we all have our off days. I hope things get back on track today. Good luck!

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    Molly 28th October 2017 at 6:09 am - Reply

    Such simple but important things to do. I always find the noise thing really helpful – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc can be such a distraction when I’m working on a deadline!

    • Natasha
      Natasha 28th October 2017 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Thanks, Molly. I agree, I sometimes put my phone and iPad in another room when I have a deadline! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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    Lori 28th October 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Hanging out with creative souls is definitely my number one go to when I feel like i’m In a rut. What a fab list x

    • Natasha
      Natasha 28th October 2017 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Lori. You can’t beat spending time with others, can you? I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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    Rachel 29th October 2017 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Great tips. I now write all day for my job and having to do it in a busy office can be hard work. I listen to a lot of music – and definitely need some better headphones!

    • Natasha
      Natasha 7th November 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Thank you, Rachel. Listening to music sounds good to me!

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    Lazy Daisy Jones 1st November 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Superb tips Natasha you are so brilliant at this my wise friend.
    best wishes
    Ashley x

    • Natasha
      Natasha 7th November 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Bless you. Thanks so much, Ashley! :)

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    Lottie | Oyster & Pearl 3rd November 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    These are all such brilliant suggestions. And I really need to check out the Roald Dahl thing!

    • Natasha
      Natasha 7th November 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

      Thanks, Lottie. The Roald Dahl interview is wonderful!

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    Gabriella Manchester 20th November 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    A great read. I find going for a wander midway through the day really helps. Feeling extra inspired and creative now!

    • Natasha
      Natasha 20th November 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you. You’ve inspired me to go for a walk, thanks!

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    kathryn 29th November 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Great post. I’ve been thinking a lot about the creative flow recently as I’ve been doing an intensive writing challenge during November. It’s really important to understand that creativity is a cycle between active productivity and dormant recovery. You have to recognise when you have creative energy and use it and when you need to replenish and allow yourself do-nothing days so your brain can recharge. K xx

    • Natasha
      Natasha 30th November 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Thanks, Kat. That’s so true – the writing challenge sounds amazing, I hope it’s going well! :)

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    Chingis 29th November 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Interesting ideas, hope to implement them at my work at some hotels in manhattan

    • Natasha
      Natasha 30th November 2017 at 10:20 am - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by!

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