The start of the new year always seems to come with a lot of excitement and motivation to do new and big things. I’ve also found that all of that excitement can actually get a bit overwhelming and lead to a bit of a creative rut and it’s really important to find ways to re-inspire creativity at in the workplace to be successful.
I think that no matter what field you work in, that it is important to have some level of creativity in your job. Whether that’s your process or your product, being more creative will help you stand out – and it may also help you enjoy your job more!
For me, being creative is my full-time job. For Bespoke, I have to come up with campaigns, promotions and concepts for clients. Then I spend time here on the blog coming up with post ideas, pitches, photo shoot ideas, and so on. So if I’m not finding new ways to be inspired, I am 1. not very good at either of my jobs and 2. SUPER cranky and frustrated about not being good at my jobs.
So today I wanted to share a few of my favorite ways to re-inspire creativity in the workplace in hopes that it you’re in a slump (or ever get into one) that these may help you like they help me!
5 Ways to Re-Inspire Creativity in the Workplace
Put Your Phone Down // Constant access is a blessing and a curse. I think sometimes we feel like we can find inspiration by looking through Instagram or Pinterest, but you can also find a lot of ways to get distracted and then uninspired by it too.
I am definitely guilty of the endless scroll, and nothing about it is good. It leads to the comparison game in a bad way and certainly doesn’t help me come up with any original ideas. Now, do I like to see what others in my industries are doing? Of course! But I can tell that when I start to do or buy things that aren’t “me” that I’m getting overly influenced and away from what I should be doing.
Start a new hobby or activity// Yes, this is when you’re away from work, but the whole point is to let your brain actually relax a bit and think about something else. I’m sure we’ve all had the nights where you just can’t sleep because you’re thinking about what you did or didn’t do at work that day or what you need to do the next day.
I find that the more opportunities that I give my brain to disconnect from work, the better ideas I come up with and the more motivation I have. For me, the activity I often choose is working out, it makes me happy, keeps me busy and makes me feel better. I love a good Peloton ride with amazing music that is an all around break. Since that’s not always something I’m able to do, I’ve recently picked two new things, hand lettering and embroidery, that I’m adding to my “hobby” list and going to work on. I have this “Guide to Mindful Lettering” that has positive words and phrases in it that I really love. And I ordered this embroidery kit on Etsy. I plan on doing the embroidery in the evenings when we are relaxing with the boys, instead of playing on my phone – see there, two birds with one stone!
Get out of your routine // We’re all creatures of habit and once you’re comfortable with something, it’s hard to change things up, but doing so may be helpful for inspiring a bit more creativity. I used to do this with little things when I was working at my agency in Houston. I’d take a different way to work, or
Now that I work from home, I try to change things up in a few different ways. Because I’m often working by myself, I head out to a coffee shop to work, where I have to get dressed and see people. Doing that also means that I won’t get distracted by laundry or a home task I need to do. I’ll change up the candle I burn in my office, or turn off the TV in favor of a Pandora station. It’s nothing major, but sometimes several little things add up and make an impact!
Do a Brain Dump // I actually had to do this last week because several things hit at once and I honestly could not figure out where to start or how to fix or change what was happening around me. So, after stressing out and being kind of fussy for a bit, I went up in my office, got out my whiteboard and started writing it all down. Once I was able to see things written out, it actually seemed more manageable, less intimidating and I actually came up with a few creative solutions to elevate my ideas and
I just feel like when your brain is full of ideas, it can be hard to focus on one and do it really well. So grab a piece of paper, or your whiteboard (which has been a surprisingly great purchase for me!) and get it out of your head. The writing process may help you see things more clearly, or see things you hadn’t before. And who knows what creative solutions you’ll find!
Stop, Collaborate and Listen // Oh you bet that’s an Ice Ice Baby reference, I had to do it. If you work at home like me, you get really used to being by yourself. And while I love that I get that time to work, I need some interaction with real people! One thing I used to do, but admittedly haven’t in a while, is grab a friend and go co-work together somewhere. One of my girlfriends and I used to grab our computers and go to a coffee shop and just work for a few hours. As things came up, we’d talk about them and bounce ideas off of each other. Our work days would fly by so fast and we’d have a good time “working” together since we often worked alone.
This is definitely something I want to get better at. I think that it’s always nice to hear what other people have to say about what they’re doing and you never know what little thing could inspire you with a great idea or solution.
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What are some of your favorite ways to re-inspire creativity? Let me know in a comment below!