Creativity Slump. So today we’re going to be talking about creativity and productivity and how to get going when you’re feeling demotivated, aka how to get out of a creativity slump. First of all, creativity is something you have to keep at a steady pace, because if you do too much you burnout and if you do too little, you get carried away. Are you ready for a grandma sentence? Creativity is an ember that you need to keep on igniting again and again, but put it out it every time it it starts to spread. Today I’m going to be sharing some tips on how to get back in the mood. I’m also going to later do a post on how to avoid creativity slumps (I’m not even sure if that’s an actually term, but we’re just going to go with it).
MY DEFINITION OF A CREATIVITY SLUMP
In my opinion, a creativity slump is when you are a creative and you don’t know what to do. You know it’s wrong, but you don’t feel like doing anything and don’t feel like being creative. Ya just feel like lying in bed all day watching Netflix and Youtube. That is what I call a creativity slump. I don’t even know honestly if ‘creativity slump’ is actually a term or if I made that up, but whatever, it’s a thing now.
MY STORY OF A CREATIVITY SLUMP
When I was a kid, I used to make the world’s most absolutely pointless and ridiculous ‘films’ with my friends that had no plot, no characters, no story – nothing – they were just films.
But they were creative. They reflected the mess inside my head. It took time and creativity to plan the shots and what was to happen and editing it — as pointless as it was, there was some effort put into them. So when I stopped making films, I stopped being creative. I stopped making DIYs, decorating my room — all my creativity was swiped away until I discovered youtube and blogging and and starting writing that book.
Now when I look back, I kinda think about how I started with youtube and blogging and everything (whatever your parents say, I am fully confident about what I say here: blogging and youtubing are NOT just wastes of time — they are creative processes that help you learn new things and require effort) and realise there is a pattern.
Alright. So how do you get out of a pit of Netflix and Youtube and Instagram and actually be productive? There are several ways you can go about this. What you do depends on what really motivates you and what really you prefer. It’s all on you and that big brain of yours.
1 WATCH SOMETHING INSPIRING
My first tip, this is what usually works for me, is to watch something inspiring or watch a lot of youtube videos of the same kind. For me I watched Superwoman’s movie, A Trip to Unicorn Island because it’s all about her journey of hard work and going full-time. Then again, if you want to motivate yourself to make creative stuff for your home, spend time watching youtube videos from lifestyle channels or room decor pins. Whatever you want to be motivated to do, just watch something related to it and it should work.
2 REMIND YOURSELF OF YOUR INSPIRATION
Once you’ve got your inspiration, constantly remind yourself of it. I downloaded to the entire movie and kept watching it over and over again. I also printed out a wallpaper and put it up on my wall. You can even do what a lot of people do – you can create a kind of like a mood board – this could be a lot of posters giving out the same vibe/message or whatever you like. You can also set your desktop wallpaper on your computer to remind yourself or something, continuously watch inspiring videos and stuff like that.
3 GETTING ORGANISED
Start being organised. This can be done in several different ways:
- Bullet Journals
- Clean Environments
I have two posts about bullet journalling, if you want to look into them. These posts also contain links to other posts from other bloggers that I found helpful for me. Planners and Calendars aren’t really my game – I’m more of a free person – but a lot of people do find them helpful. Clean Environments help me out a lot. They make sure I don’t get distracted. Getting a study desk and arranging your things neatly there can really help you zoned in. Speaking of which, roll on step 4.
4 GETTING ZONED IN
This is important. If you’re not zoned in, whether you’re creating music, writing, editing films, anything – if you’re not in the right environment and mood for work, then you’re not going to want to do it and are going find yourself constantly getting distracted. So get a comfy desk chair, place your most needed tool (computer/latptop) in the middle and arrange other tools (jar of stationery, tissue box, erasers, markers, etc) next to it. This also counts as organisation, but at the same time, is completely different.
Make sure you have all essentials you need. Food, water, everything you tend to need a lot should be there, because if you have to get up to get something, it’ll be hard to get back in the mood/zone. Make sure you visit the bathroom and eat/drink well before sitting down to start.
6 TALKING TO OTHER CREATIVES
This is really exciting for me. I love talking to people who understand the struggle. If you have something who is anything close to what you are, then talk to them about stuff and inspire each other. I know that when I started talking to a person who loved books, and we talked about books all the time, it pulled me out of a big reading slump, and the same goes for creativity.
5 ONCE ON TRACK…
Avoid getting distracted. Focus on your tool. This can be done by listening to music. You also don’t want to burn yourself out by doing too much too fast. Keep ’em coming at a steady pace. This again, links back to step 3 – you can use planners or journals to keep track of this. You can keep a quota for each day like one hour (or whatever suits you best).
For me when I’m writing, I did what a lot of people do during NaNoWriMo – I printed out a spread of the months a filled them in with the ‘required’ words and the ‘written’ words. So if I’d not filled my quota I’d subtract the written from the required to get how many more I needed to write along with my quota of the next day. This also made sure I wasn’t over-doing it.
Alright, that’s it for this post! That’s how to get out of a creativity slump. Did you guys like it? Did ya find it helpful or even relatable? Let me know your thoughts down below in the comments section. Also, I changed up my blog theme, what’s your opinion? Just thought I’d ask. I’ll see you guys next time. Bye!