5 Inspirational Strategies to Reboot Your Creativity Today

Updated on October 26, 2018
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Since Amanda retired she's been an active entrepreneur, gaining "hands-on" experience in online marketing and small business development.

How to Avoid Burnout

Like anyone else, people working in the creative industries can suffer burnout or run out of energy and ideas for new work. But several strategies are proven to help reboot your imagination and get you buzzing with creativity all over again. Next time you're running low, try the following ideas to get you back on track and back to work in the shortest time.

Burnout can happen to anyone at anytime, but people in the creative industries are more likely  to suffer from the problem. Burnout is often the result of long-term, unresolved stress or losing your sense of control over your work
Burnout can happen to anyone at anytime, but people in the creative industries are more likely to suffer from the problem. Burnout is often the result of long-term, unresolved stress or losing your sense of control over your work | Source

1. Do Something Different

This can seem counter-intuitive if you're up against a deadline, but often the best way to re-calibrate your creativity is to take a break from what you're doing and do something different.

A common cause of creative exhaustion is that you've been pushing yourself too hard. Creativity responds better to gentle coaxing than the task-master's whip. Take time out to relax, read a book, or just go someplace you've never been.

You won't waste time doing this because when you come back to work, you'll find your creative juices flowing anew and you'll soon make up the difference.

Burnout and creative block can happen when you feel you're "on the treadmill" or "banging your head against the wall". An effective strategy for picking yourself up and releasing new creative energy is often simply to do something  different
Burnout and creative block can happen when you feel you're "on the treadmill" or "banging your head against the wall". An effective strategy for picking yourself up and releasing new creative energy is often simply to do something different | Source

2. Get a New Perspective

Many creative people spend long hours working alone. Sometimes losing sight of the overall picture can cause creative block. If you're stuck or losing interest in a creative project, ask someone else for their perspective, or put it aside for a few hours while you work on something else so you can come back to it with fresh eyes.

Another way to get a new perspective is to play the "what if" game. Ask yourself, "What if this was like that instead?" or "What if I took a different approach such as...?" Giving yourself the opportunity to see the work in a new light can lead to inspirational breakthroughs you couldn't have imagined otherwise.

When your creative juices dry up and you find yourself feeling blocked, an effective strategy to free yourself up again is to look at things from new angles. Try playing the "what if?" game
When your creative juices dry up and you find yourself feeling blocked, an effective strategy to free yourself up again is to look at things from new angles. Try playing the "what if?" game | Source

3. Get Back to Basics

When you're deep into a creative project, it's easy to get bogged down in the details and lose sight of your original motivation. When you're feeling blocked, step back and remind yourself why the project excited you at the start.

Make a list of all the reasons you can think of why the work is worth doing, how it will help others, or just how satisfying it will be to bring it to completion. Get back in touch with the basics and you'll get a boost of energy to deal with the details.

4. Feed Your Muse

The well of your imagination can run dry if all you do is draw from it without allowing time to replenish the supply. Creative work demands frequent stimulation of the imagination. Feed your muse. Read, go to exhibitions, talk to other creatives, listen to music, and try new experiences. All those things feed into your subconscious and help spark new ideas and creativity.

Often, to overcome creative block you need to "refill the well" of your creativity. When was the last time you went to a show, or to a concert, or to an art gallery?
Often, to overcome creative block you need to "refill the well" of your creativity. When was the last time you went to a show, or to a concert, or to an art gallery? | Source

5. Know When to Move On

You can bust most creative blocks. But sometimes you have to accept the project isn't going anywhere and your heart isn't in it. If that's the case, you're better off acknowledging the truth, and finishing as best you can or abandoning the project and moving on to something new.

It's rare, but it happens and there's no point wasting creative energy flogging the proverbial dead horse. Part of creativity is accepting occasional failure, learning from it, and putting your energy into something that will work.

The Essential Takeout

All creatives experience creative block at some point. Smart people don't waste time and energy moaning about it; they take action or recognize when they've made a mistake and devise a new forward strategy. If you find yourself in need of a creative boost, try any or all of the above strategies to get yourself back on track and back to work as quickly as possible.

© 2018 Amanda Littlejohn

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  • stuff4kids profile imageAUTHOR

    Amanda Littlejohn 

    2 weeks ago

    Hi Diana!

    Thanks for reading and I'm pleased you found some inspiration here. Do you have any personal strategies for rebooting your creativity you can share?

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    Diana L Pierce 

    2 weeks ago from Potter County, Pa.

    You have some good advice here. I am always looking for inspiration. Great hub.

  • stuff4kids profile imageAUTHOR

    Amanda Littlejohn 

    2 weeks ago

    Thanks, Shelley.

    It can happen to even the most experienced and disciplined creative. I hope these tips will prove helpful to folks who find themselves staring at a blank page, canvas, or computer screen and thinking, "I don't know what to do!"

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    FlourishAnyway 

    2 weeks ago from USA

    Good recommendations for getting creatives unstuck and back on task connecting with their muses.

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