As great as summers are, they can sometimes feel like they lack vision and purpose. Things tend to slow down. Vacations are taken. Projects are put on hold, and it’s hard to concentrate on work. Well, here are some ideas that can help foster creativity and vision in the summer time or anytime you choose!
1) Margin, margin, margin, margin, margin. Without margin there is no room to for creativity. Creativity flows when we have margin in our lives. By margin I mean white space. Times when we aren’t doing anything. Sabbath. Downtime. I’ve written a lot about Rest. In fact, I have a free seven-day e-book on the subject, called Rest Assured. It may sound silly, but I know I don’t have enough margin when I’m not tweeting regularly because I tweet most when I feel inspired. It’s easy for life to become too serious. So why not take a day for some margin?
2) Get out of your normal routine. Plan something fun. Go to the beach. Sleep in. Write. Rest. Go hiking. Find what does it for you and go do it! I promise you, you won’t regret it. Author Mark Batterson says, “Change of pace + change of place = change of perspective.” I have found that to be true. That’s why I suggest everyone take a Sabbath day every week and at least one personal retreat every year. I’ve written a blog on it so I won’t elaborate. It’s called, Why I Love Retreats (and think you should take one too).
3) Get around other creative people. Creativity fosters more creativity. It’s hard to be creative when you have no inspiration yourself. It doesn’t always have to be face to face either. Listen to a podcast. Read a book. Go to a concert. Play some music with someone. Or get together with a creative friend with similar interests.
When I was in college, I picked up guitar. I noticed when I played with other people who were better than me or just knew different things than I knew, it sped up the creative process. I learned more and I learned faster. Remember, what you put it you will get out. So get around other creatives! O, and by the way, we all have and need some form of creativity in our lives. You may not consider yourself a creative, but we all have problems that require creative thinking and we are all in need on inspiration!
4) Go to places that inspire creativity. Do you have a place for places you go to get the creative juices flowing? I do. My home office is one. A pond near my house is another. There are also a few coffee shops that I frequent. When I get bored in once place or just need a change of pace or place, I hit up one of these other places. Where is your creative space?
5) Know your peak creative time. At what time do you find you’re the most creative? For some people it’s late at night. My peak creative time is from 8:30-11am in the morning. So I set aside that time to do the things in my life that require the most creativity and focus, and I guard that time very carefully.
I hope this post has inspired you be more creative. Take one of these things and try it today. Want to go a step further? Put it in your calendar right now!
What do you think?
When are you most creative? Where are your creative places? How do you foster creativity in your life?
*Photo credit Olga Parker via Flickr