Staying creative can be difficult; especially if you find yourself getting stuck in a routine. With all of our day-to-day responsibilities of maintaining a work-life balance, it's easy to lose our creative flow. As much as we may love our job, it's important to make time in our routine to temporarily ignore our email and do something for ourselves. Taking a walk, finding time to network or reading that book you've had on your shelf for months can be just as necessary as completing your tasks or deadlines. If you're feeling a little uninspired lately, that's perfectly okay - BTW is here to help with a few of our favorite tips on how to get your creativity back.
Wake up Early
Waking up early will give you a little extra "me time" before work. You won't feel so rushed and you'll be able to do things like make yourself a cup of coffee, do a quick face mask, eat breakfast or even have a quick meditation sesh. Even if it's just an extra 30 minutes, you'll love having the uninterrupted time to yourself.
Listen to a good Podcast
We love podcasts over at BTW and are constantly trying to find new ones. They're perfect for the morning commute and even if they aren't necessarily 'creativity forward,' listening to podcasts is a great way to get inspired by new ideas. We'll be doing an entire blog post on inspiration podcasts that we at BTW love listening to.
Work it Out
We've talked about this before and truly feel like working out is just as good for your physical health as it is for your mental health. It's that extra time where we're able to think about our goals and aspirations. Whether its going on a hike, bike ride, or taking a new class at the gym, working out is a great way to get your creative juices flowing.
You are Who You Hang With
Surround yourself with creative & inspirational people. Your creative peers will constantly inspire and challenge you so that you never skip a beat. Try to have weekly brainstorming sessions with a group of friends that want similar things or join a women's career group. These are great ways to keep your mind sharp and you might end up making great friends in the process.
Take Time to Think
Block out a ten to fifteen minute break in your calendar to think about whatever you want. Don't put too much pressure on yourself and just let your mind wander. This is when you may come up with your best ideas, and taking the added time to yourself will be great for your all around well being.
Remember that it's okay to take it one day at a time. The worst thing you can do is beat yourself up about something that's supposed to help you. Be flexible with your process - life gets in the way sometimes and that's okay. You'll get there and if you ever need a little added motivation or inspiration, BTW is always here to help!