5 ways I "trickstart" creativity

Trickstart Your Creativity

Not hitting publish? The struggle is real!

I have more project and blog ideas, writing and lyric stubs, and lists of ideas then I know what to do with. It's a symptom.

For me, a creative block is never a lack of ideas; it's a lack of completing the work.

Hilariously, I have found that if I can work on something for just five minutes, I get easily inspired to finish, and wonder what was keeping me from starting to begin with!

Here are five ways I literally fool myself into completing creative work!

  1. For Internet distractions: I go alone to a busy place with no Wi-Fi and bring my computer or tablet. Phone goes into "Airplane" or "Do not disturb" mode.
  2. When my list of things to work on gets overwhelming: Pomodoro technique! I give myself five minutes to list what I believe are the top three things I should work on. Next, I give myself a timed 45 minutes to work on each, with 10-min breaks between.
  3. On days where it's beautiful outside, but I had planned to work: I choose a cafe or work space within a mile and bike there, or walk. Ideally, there's also outside seating.
  4. When other work on the computer gives me "screen burnout", I do one of three things:
    1. Go analog with a paper journal or tangible materials.
    2. Collect supporting media like illustrative photographs.
    3. Write using a dictation tool.
  5. If my house is a mess and I feel the temptation to clean instead of create: I go immediately to a café or work space which has minimalist decor. ("Create now, clean later," I say!)

And that's it. Happy workflow!

XO, Serena