When you decide to work as a creative entrepreneur, staying creative is incredibly important. Producing content, such as blog posts or articles, designing your own products, styling your website and many other daily activities demand that we stay focused on the creative side of our businesses. But where do you find inspiration from, and how do you cultivate this creative mindset on a regular basis?
Here are some suggestions, that I use in order to stay creative:
1. Write in a journal.
May it be to vent a stressful situation that keeps my mind focused of the tasks ahead, or by creating a list of gratitude
and accomplishments, my journal is always a go-to place when I am seeking inspiration. But not just for writing through those moments of disconnect, but also to re-connect with the lost spark, that I had days or weeks before, simply by re-reading my journal entries of those successful days. When I see how far I have come, I am always in a better mood, which tends to lift the fog from my inspirational down.
2. Listen to music.
Music evokes strong emotions in us. This also goes for inspiration – some music can be very motivating and inspiring. I have created multiple playlists on Spotify for myself, depending on what I am trying to achieve – I have a list for writing fiction, another for motivation, and more for lifting my mood. Create your own playlists according to your needs, and use them.
Exposing yourself to the inspiration of others, may it be via full-length fiction, or short off topic articles, can create
a spark of something new within. I do truly believe that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places, so taking a few moments of reading an article that you would usually not consider, or diving into a new book genre, you have not explored yet, can be very stimulating.
4. Go out in nature.
Sometimes taking a breath in nature, may it be the backyard or a walk in the park, can re-stimulate my creative spark. It is the change of environment and the closeness to something natural that is so different from my everyday job so that it forces me to shift gears, which tends to often unlock creativity. I have found that just a 5-minute coffee break, on the back porch can do wonders to my creative output and productivity. I highly recommend it.
Joining a creative, or like-minded community is also a great way to stay creative, and keep motivated. Check out my review of Wealthy Affiliate, my favorite community to go to for inspiration. Or sign up now for a free membership!
Here is a short book list with links to my review for books that might spark your inspiration:
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