8 Ways to Think Like a Creative Genius

The pressure’s on.

There’s a deadline.

And you're looking at a very blank page on your screen.

For what feels like hours when it’s really only been like… 5 minutes.

You think, 'Why does this keep happening to me?'

Procrastination is your best friend and your worst enemy when it comes to writing, designing + creating.

I know this because it’s my life too. When I started writing this blog post I stared at a blank screen for 20 minutes before I got the first sentence down. And then I changed it 6 times before I even moved onto the next line. And it’s due tomorrow morning at 9am {it’s 5:30pm now}. 

Creating our art isn’t easy. And it’s not quick.

There never seems to be enough time in the day, week, month, quarter to get everything done. And inspiration just eludes you. Why is creativity so hard to come by?

I do my best work + feel creative when I’m inspired. And I get inspired when I have space to get inspired. Head space. There’s a joke here about how spacey I am, I know it.

It’s not easy to make space either. We pack our lives full of stuff. We pack our time with work + boring meetings {which is one of my biggest pet peeves. Come on, every meeting should start with Champagne, right?} We pack our houses full of furniture + nicknacks. We pack our drawers full of junk {I know you have a junk drawer}. We pack and we pack. I know you know what I’m talking about. But...

Creativity needs room. Room to grow + expand.

This is a constant battle for me. I’m the worst at overcommitting my time for things because I want to help everyone + make them happy. So, I'm a work in progress when it comes to creating more room but here are some things that have worked to create more space and spark my creativity:

  • Politely decline that overly flattering invitation to volunteer {again} to sit on another board.
  • Schedule head space on your calendar right now and make it a non-negotiable.
  • Take it outside of your office bubble to a change of scenery. Daiquiris on the beach anyone?
  • Outsource {find help for those things you have no desire to do anymore or, better yet, aren't good at}.
  • Get rid of your bad clients.
  • Clear the clutter off your desk. Baby steps - we'll tackle under the bed another day. 
  • Take a shower. {ever notice how some of your best ideas come in the shower?}
  • Stop doing busywork disguised as productivity. {pointy finger right here, y’all!} 

Create the space you need to make your art. Physical space + head space. 

Leave a comment or tweet me on your best tip for creating physical and/or head space that sparks your creativity.