5 Ways to Get Your Creativity Back

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If you’re a creative in any way, shape, or form, you’ve probably been in a situation where you need to create something wonderful in a very short amount of time. This is what I consider “on demand creativity”. Some days we just don’t have the inspiration that we need to even get started on a project. When you’ve been in a fast-paced setting for some time you pick up a few tips and tricks on how to overcome those tough days. So, I’ve created a list of 5 ways to get your creativity back!

1. Create an inspiration board.

This is a great way to see what’s happening in your field and gather a pile of things that you like, that would work well for the project at hand.

2. Pinterest or Google Image search.

These are great places to find inspiration. I will typically look through a few pages, and then something stands out to me and I try to figure out exactly what it was that caught my eye, and why. This is also a great way to get you thinking about things you should try to avoid. Sometimes you see a design that didn’t work or was not user-friendly and that’s something to keep in mind for your project as well.

Note: You might worry about copying someone else’s work by looking for inspiration. One way to ensure that doesn’t happen is to find something you like, review it and then don’t go back to it until the end. Two people could work on a project from the same inspiration piece and all three will end up looking completely different. It’s nearly impossible to copy from memory because we all interpret things differently. Another reason your design will end up looking different than the inspiration piece is because of what’s in it. The copy, product, service, images, and your design style will all dictate how your design looks, so you shouldn’t have to worry. Okay, back to the list!

3. Go for a walk.

This is a great way to pull inspiration from what’s around you. I happen to work in a downtown area and this offers a variety of architecture and nature to pull inspiration from.

4. Take a break.

Sometimes the more you try to force something the less likely it is to happen. Go grab a cup of coffee, or start working on another project. These can be a great way to get your mind off of the NEED to create. This will allow your mind to relax, and you can come back with a fresh perspective.

5. Review other work.

You can always try opening up other projects you’ve worked on. This will direct your focus to the task at hand and sometimes you can find old ideas on the side of your artboard or make adjustments and tweaks to update the old version.

When all else fails, just start. Even if it’s awful, just start doing something and the inspiration will follow…eventually.