Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Creativity Booster: Take A Break

Have you been feeling a little stuck creatively? Are you having a difficult time coming up with new ideas, or finding solutions to creative problems? One of the best things that you can do to boost your creativity and move through it is to take a break.

I know, this might not work if you are on a schedule or under pressure to create something immediately. Maybe it’s a project for work and this simply isn’t an option. But often times that very pressure of having to produce can completely trip you up creatively. So if you have the luxury of time, then I highly recommend walking away from the project and coming back to it later.


Because your subconscious mind is always working on processing everything in the background. Even when you’re sleeping. It’s kind of like a computer; you leave it alone for a while to defrag and you come back later and everything is cleaned up. By allowing creativity to have space, you give it room to grow.

The important thing to remember is that you want to take a break without the ulterior motive of doing it to fix your dilemma. If you do, it will continue to trip you up, because you will still be waiting for inspiration to strike. If you are constantly looking for the solution, you haven’t really taken a break, have you?

When you take a break, it might be just a few hours. It might be for the rest of the day. It could be for a week or two, or even longer. If you can, it’s important to let your creativity reset itself so that when the time is ripe, it can come back in full force. Don’t try to rush it and don’t push it ahead of it’s time. Otherwise you might end up with half-cooked ideas that work moderately well but are not nearly as incredible as those mind-bogglingly brilliant, so-simple-why-didn’t-you-think-of-it-earlier solutions.

The best thing that you can do when taking a break is to go do things that are fun and make you happy. Relax, and give your mind a break. Or do something that makes you feel inspired. Watch a movie or read a book that sparks your imagination. Look at your favorite art. Listen to music and read about your favorite musician and the journey they took to arrive at where they are now. Allow them to inspire you. It is those things that touch us most deeply that completely recharge us and allow us to begin fresh again.

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