8 Ways To Get Into Your Creative Zone

If you are a creative professional, it can be difficult sometimes to be creative on demand. We all have days when we’re bursting with ideas and we can’t wait to execute them. But creative energy can go as quickly as it came. And when that happens, it’s good to have a backup plan to help you get back your creativity again. Here are 8 ways to get into your creative zone!

1. Zoom out Take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Sometimes we lose track because we’ve been zooming in on something for too long and we lose focus because of it. Reassess things and trace back your steps to the beginning. 

2. Create ‘inspiration’ triggers Keep a notebook with your ideas, quotes, or a playlist on Youtube with videos that have inspired you previously. Better yet: start a mood board (great DIY project as well)! In any case, having lists or photos of your favorite creative things around you may get your creative juices flowing again.

3. Read, eat, travel Creativity isn’t a button we can switch on again when we lose it. Creativity comes from all corners of life. If 2. hasn’t helped, try to find your inspiration in new things. Read that book you’ve been dying to read all year or pick a magazine you’ve never read before. Go check out that new restaurant in the city or finally book yourself that trip to Iceland. 

4. Music There’s no bigger motivator than music. I always have my favorites ready when I need a creative fix. There are always songs you fall back on every time you put together playlists. Do you play an instrument? Even better! Get behind the piano again and start playing. Chances are you’re creativity is blocked because you’ve been at it for too long and all you need is some music to make you start swinging.

5. Workspace At all times, keep a clean desk space and avoid clutter. Your work should be all you think about and not the mess you need to clean up at the end of the day. And while we’re at it, avoid any online distraction coming your way too. Are you checking your Twitter and Instagram account every hour ten minutes? Limit all your distractions to a minimum! 

6. Just start, somewhere You’re probably thinking this is the worst advice ever. It may be, but then, you’re getting nowhere anyway if you’re just waiting for the right next move. Why not just start and see where things go. You may do something you haven’t thought of but you may just end up liking it.

7. Walk away, go out Did none of the above work? Walk away from it. Create a good distance between you and your creative project. Go out, live! Give it a day or two and perhaps you’ll come back with a whole new perspective. 

8. Sleep on it! Sometimes all you need is sleep! 

That’s it! This is my creativity plan. What do you guys do when you’re running out of creative energy?

In this photo: Vogue, September issue (2015) featuring Imaan Hammam, Tiffany & Co Bows Mug (other bow mugs here, here or here)