Have you ever hit a brick wall, creatively speaking? Has your flame of inspiration dwindled, the creative heartbeat faded, or you're simply not feeling up for the challenge? Well, we're all human and this happens to the best of us (myself included). At Corporate Edge we refer to ourselves as 'creative problem solvers', so everyone, from project managers to our creative director has a responsibility to think creatively and help inspire our team and clients' alike. As a project manager, I'm regularly thrown challenges that I have to find innovative, smart and simple ways to overcome. Some days however, it's simply harder than others to solve the problems facing us. When I have these kind of 'mental blanks' I've got a few simple strategies to kick-start my brain and tackle the challenges with creativity and enthusiasm. I'd like to share a few of these tips with you to see if they help you to kick-start your 'inspiration engine' as much as they do for me:
Outdoors – Staring at a page or a screen all day long will block up those creative juices! Get outside! Walk, get some fresh air into your lungs and take in the scenery, it will do wonders for you and your productivity.
Something different – Whether you take up a sport, plan a skydiving course, or simply try a new recipe, cocktail or restaurant, by giving yourself a different or new perspective, you'll soon find you get your creative senses working again.
Listen, listen, talk, listen – to friends/ colleges, get inspired by there thoughts and energies.
Music – Nothing frees the mind like a classic track. Listen deeply to a song you haven't heard for a while (or something completely new), feel the beat – get up and shake your booty, you'll soon be inspired!
Reading – Whether it be articles, blogs, magazines, graffiti, books, posters, throw yourself into a world of inspiring words, you never know what you'll (re)discover.
Internet – Get lost online. Surf the digital wave with no aim or specific direction – just see where the flow takes you. You'll soon find the wave of inspiration will just flood in.
Doodle – Draw, but let the pen do the talking.
Exercise – Get the endorphins flowing feel the blood pumping, get energized.
Clap – As crazy as this may sound, clapping raises the three Es: energy, endorphins and enthusiasm .... I recommend you take yourself off to a private space for this one, unless you want your colleagues to think you're too strange
Lists – Decide what's important to do and write it down. Remove the time-wasting stuff from your list (unless it's there for a reason – see above) and think about how realistically you can achieve what's on your list. It's amazing how good it feels to tick things off as you go – keeping a sense of momentum and pace.
So, next time you hit that brick wall, try some (or all) of these tips to inspire yourself to knock a creative hole in that wall and feel inspired!