Habit Building: 5 Ways to Spark Creative Flow and Stay Productive

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“I have been in a bit of a creative slump as of late, desperately trying to cling onto just about anything to keep my productivity afloat – and I will say, this does happen from time to time. Usually, I find myself either really struggling to make work happen that day, or I have one too many things to get done and I simply do not know where to begin. I’m here to say, this is normal. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt branching out where my creativity is concerned, is that inspiration comes in waves, and that I’ve been working to ride those waves when they do come along, but also understanding that the work needs to continue even if I’m feeling perpetually uninspired that day. So, I wasn’t going to allow this week to pass me by without giving myself a change in perspective and reexamining the way I plan on tackling each and every important to-do I have listed.”

It’s on the days where I spend majority of my time struggling to stay afloat that I need to stop and reflect on just how much I’m “actually” getting done. Sometimes, the worry gets in the way, and other times – that’s all we can do. I’ve really been working on allowing to separate my personal life from the time I allot to get writing done, because I’ve noticed that I really and truly need a clear headspace to be able to work effectively. That may mean dealing with whatever it is that’s stressing me, or simply getting as much as I can done as early as possible so I can get back to doing the things I enjoy. Either way, the work must be done, and I’m here to tell you how I spark creative flow and stay productive on the days I really don’t know where to begin. 

5 WAYS TO SPARK CREATIVE FLOW AND STAY PRODUCTIVE

  1. Change Your Environment ASAP: On the days where it’s just too difficult to process the whirlwind of things that may be going on in your life, it may be very difficult to even make it out of bed, but the only way you’re going to get anything done is if you do. So, I entice myself with the idea of a hot cup of tea and a light read, so I can get up and start doing something so that I can eventually find my way to my desk, and get the words down on paper.
  2. Change How You See Your Schedule: Sometimes, we think that we just have too much to do on that particular day, and that when we’ve finished, it’s simply time to have some downtime and go to bed. (Trust me, I am not a night owl), but I’ve been making more of an effort to use some of my evening downtime to be creative, and work on something that excites me. I’ve been making it a part of my routine to get all ready for bed, settle in with my laptop and get a bit of writing done, whether that’s another blog post or a story I may be working on.
  3. Try a New Genre, Topic, or Activity: I find that I’m most inspired when I’m challenging myself to take on a new genre, or a topic I haven’t really talked about or covered before. The new fresh feel is exciting, and you might very well be able to see something in your writing that you haven’t seen in a while, as well as finding the inspiration you need to get back to all of those unfinished projects. I have been doing this currently, as I try to write in a genre that I’m particularly unfamiliar with – my only recollection of writing in the Horror genre was when I was much younger. I wanted to find that limitless never-ending sense of creative energy I had back then, and while that isn’t sustainable, it’s very beneficial when it does surface.
  4. Trust Your Writing, Trust Your Work: We can all be a little too hard on ourselves sometimes, feeling like we may have lost our sparks along the way. Though, you haven’t lost your spark, your work is simply evolving. Appreciate the work you’ve done, and the work you’re currently doing, because you’re learning every day, you’re improving every time you start, and that’s something that should be acknowledged. If it’s something that brings you joy, don’t worry too much about whether it’ll be “good enough” to the outside world, if it’s good enough for you, that is all that matters.
  5. Lastly, Have Fun With It: Don’t get too caught up in the “what ifs,” in the “is this even worth its” of the writing process. Find something you enjoy talking about, exploring, live vicariously through your characters the same way you do when you pick up a good book. We forget sometimes just how creative we can be once we start doing things differently for a change, and I do believe that’s an important little reminder that the world is your oyster – and you can do it if you try.

I hope that this post has sparked a little creative energy for you!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

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