Don't you feel that there are weeks when your creative side needs a booster seat so you can sit at the "adult" table and keep up with the conversation that has become your blog? It's not easy coming up with unique content with all the dog blogs out there and when your life consists of a full time job, families, and dogs that need to be spoiled it becomes hard to find time to come up with new post ideas.
I've been feeling pretty drained lately but last Friday I hit the book store for a much needed "me" day and was excited to see that the latest issue of HOW Design Magazine focused on boosting creativity. Perfect! Just what my brain needed to come up with new blog ideas!
So this led me on a search for more ways to boost your creativity and I've found these tips were repeated through several posts so I thought I'd share them with you also. These tips can be used for blogging, work, training issues, photography, problem solving, or any outlet where you want to be more creative:
- Write Your Ideas Down- Keep a notebook with you or use your iphone/ipad/phone to write down ideas or take pictures during your day.
- Find Your Most Creative Time Of Day- We all have different rhythms so try and use the same time of day when you feel the most focused to brainstorm and come up with new ideas/content. Even if it is only 2 minutes you'll have a page full of ideas before you know it!
- Create an Idea Binder/Folder/Pinterest Board- I still like ripping pages out of magazines of ideas that I like and I store them all in a binder for future reference. Pinterest is the same concept so if it is easier for you set up a few boards!
- Collaborate With Other People- Bounce ideas off of your family and friends. We used to do charettes in school and if you use the rule that "no idea is a bad idea" then you'll be amazed at where the discussion will go. Get together with a creative friend that pushes your mind in a different direction- I come up with lots of ideas on my Sunday dog walk with my best friend.
- Put Some Tunes On- Research has shown that certain frequencies improve your creativity (called Brainwave Entrainment). This led me to find Coffitivity which is recorded ambient sound that you can play while you are working and helps you to focus on your work. It's like sitting in a coffee shop while you are at your desk.
- Learn How To Get In The "Zone"- This ties into #2 above. If you train your body and your mind to focus it will get quicker each time and you will be able to get into the creative zone faster.
- Get Out of Your Comfort Zone- Try new things, meet new people, go to places you've never gone before, take your dog to a new training class. This will stimulate both you and your dog and you'll both come out with a new outlook on life.
- Get Some Exercise, Then Get Some Sleep- Step away from the computer or the TV and go for a walk and let your mind wander. We all know sleep deprivation makes our thoughts congested and we aren't able to focus; listen to your body and give it what it needs in order for you to wake up refreshed and energized.
What do you do to stay creative and come up with new ideas for your blog, work, or when you are having issues with your dogs?