5 Tips to Maintain Creativity


We all have those days where we wake up, stretch, sit up, look in the mirror and say

".......Nope. This just ain't happening today."

No inspiration. None. You have things to create, but all those innovative thoughts are just gone. This can be a really big problem, especially if you're an artist. It doesn't matter what type of creator you are, we ALL have this problem. Author's call it writer's block, Others call it a dry spell. But the fact remains that this lack of inspiration, be it a gradual or very sudden, get's in the way of business, both figuratively and literally.

So, what do you do when this happens? I personally struggle with lack of inspiration a LOT. I know, I know, it's crazy but just between you and me, one of my greatest faults is loosing interest quickly and not staying focused. This isn't an option for me in my job so I spent a good deal of time figuring out how to limit the amount of time those uninspired moments last and what to do when they show up. Here's a few of my tips. :D

1. Keep a Sleeping Schedule
Now, you're either reading that and thinking "Um..what?" or "Well, duh." and I get it, it's a pretty common piece of advice to give but seriously. It works. Whenever I stay up until 12 for three nights in a row and wake up at six in the morning, I'm pretty much guaranteed to wake up on day four and feel like a sack of potatoes. This also happens if I don't maintain a very consistent sleep schedule. Your body gets into a groove, a cycle rather, and making it a healthy one helps your little brain to process things better. Of course, I'll add that I know there are people out there that cannot possibly get 9 hours of straight sleep (enter nursing babies or the night shift here) but for you guys, I would say start out earlier. You may not get that much uninterrupted sleep, but trying to get a good eight hours total would be stellar! There's many a test that supports my claim here so feel free to check them out on the Google.

2. Drink Enough Water
Yeah, that's right. Water. Hydration. You know, that stuff the healthy people are always stressing? It actually does work. I'm just going to throw out there that I'm not a super fit, health nut who spends a lot of time in the gym. I HATE working out and God knows my favorite food category is desserts. Drinking the amount of water recommended for my body weight is nothing short of a chore and I'll be the first to admit it, but just like any other chore, the payoff is worth the work. When I stay hydrated, I'm more energized to do what I need to do and my imagination tends to soar higher. So drink the stupid water, you'll thank me later. ;)

3. Remove Unnecessary Stress
This is really really key for keeping your inspiration strong and constant. Stress, anxiety, and depression take a toll on your body and tend to kill creativity. You know that load of laundry you're putting off? Or that phone call about insurance you've been meaning to make? Or that fight with your BFF about whether or not her shoes look tacky that you really should try to kiss and makeup about? (You're right, by the way, they DO look tacky.) Those are the types of things I'm talking about. It's really hard to get in the creative groove when you KNOW there are other things that need doing or fixing, even if they're very minor.

4. Spend Time Viewing Different Mediums of Art
This is a BIG one and something I especially recommend if you are a newbie soap maker. Be sure to look at other things BESIDES soap that get your imagination clicking. In fact, I've been known to tell people not to look at other people's soap at ALL until you start getting good at transferring your own thoughts into soap bar form because even if you have no intention at all to copy someone else's work, you'd be surprised how easy it is to do unintentionally after looking at their designs too long. SO, look at pictures of nature. Look at videos of cake decorating. Go to an antique shop or a museum. Look through a fashion magazine. You'd be surprised how many colors, patterns, designs, and ideas you can transfer into a caustic batter, let me tell ya. ;)

5. Clean Your Work Area
Ahem. This is listed as number five but that is not because it's the least important. Messy work spaces make your entire brain feel chaotic and sad. And if they don't....well...you have bigger fish to fry. "Clean" doesn't mean it has to be perfection! In my studio, there are areas that I like to call an organized disaster, a good example being my embed mold collection. I have 50+ plus embed molds and their designated area is the bottom shelf. Are they completely set up all beautiful and in a row from biggest to smallest? Heck no. They're thrown down there helter skelter and I have to dig to find the one I need BUT they are all clean. They are all THERE. And I continue to put them back where they go. Maintaining a relatively organized work space is going to help you feel capable and enabled, thus leaving plenty of room for your head space to cook up awesome ideas.

Bam. Five ways to get your little creative groove on. Now go forth and be inspired!

xoxo,
Katie


4 comments

  1. Thank you Katie, I don't get to do a lot of those. You are right. I will try them out. Taking care of my brother that is a very special needs person, he will not go to sleep until midnight or later. Which means I can't either. I do need to start drinking more water again. It does make a difference. Thank you for the ideas!

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  2. OMG Katie! I just found out you had a blog from your facebook account YAY!!!. I have been a subbie on your youtube channel for some time now. I love watching your videos and have inspire me to start making bath bombs and bubble bars. I have sold them to family and friends along the way of finding the best recipes that works for me. I also make candles and sale the too. I had a house fire back in Oct 15 and lost everything in my little business I was starting. To was (still is) Misfit soaps and candles. I didnt have any intentions to start it back up intill I read the blog post and once again you have inspire me to jump back on that horse and start again. I would like to send you a candle for my thanks for all you have done to inspire me. And if you want to add candles to you shop Im you girl lol anyways just wanted to say Thanks and big hugs

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  3. Ok, I totally agree. I have a few things to do for sure. And I will drink the stupid water.... omg I'm crying (laughing actually but you get what I mean!)

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  4. #3 Remove Unnecessary Stress! I wish I could, however, being a live in caregiver is my biggest reason to not do anything but sit around and eat potato chips. It is constant stress when the person you care for wants to know what you are doing every second of the daylight hours. You look forward to going to bed just to de-stress, but I do drink all of my water! I do manage to do bath bombs.

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