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May 24, 2020
5 Ways To Find Creative Inspiration

If you work in any type of creative field or industry, it’s important to keep your creative tank full. This allows you to shake it up and bring new ideas to your work/clients. The last few months have posed a few unique challenges to remaining in the “creative know”. Not being able to leave the house means we couldn’t attend art museums, go to shows, or even meet with other people in person. Instead, we’ve had to turn to connecting virtually and trying out creative projects at home. Although the pivot was great in some ways in that it forced us to think outside of the box, things will return to the new normal and when that happens, here are five easy ways to find creative inspiration:

1 – Get Outside

I don’t know about you, but I feel so much creative inspiration from simply getting outside. Now, I do live in Colorado right next to the Rocky Mountains, so I might have an unfair advantage, but still – no matter where you live there is something outside to appreciate and pull inspiration from. Whether it’s as simple as the feeling of walking on grass or admiring a nearby lake, there is something about being outside and realizing how small you really are that sparks some creative flame. When you can truly appreciate your surroundings, no matter what they are, you can pull those surroundings into your work.

2 – seek out a creative community

There is nothing better than joining a creative community. This opens the door for events, collaborations, and so much more. Facebook Groups and Events are great places to find creative communities. You can even check your local newspaper or local venues such as, museums or theaters as they tend to offer programs for like-minded individuals. Instagram is another great place to find this community. For instance, if you find someone inspiring on Instagram, tell them and suggest meeting up to swap ideas!

3 – try something new

If you’re lacking creative inspiration, why not test out your skills at something new? This was so common during the Coronavirus crisis. People trying new creative things was all over social media and it was so refreshing. Here’s a few fun things you can try out:

  • Tie dying
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Design
  • Coloring
  • Reading
  • Scrapbooking

 

4 – do some online education

Even if you know a topic or industry like the back of your hand, it doesn’t mean you can’t pack in even more knowledge. There are so many great online courses to brush up on your game or learn something new and many of them are FREE. I’m currently taking a free online photography course and I’ve pulled so much relevant inspiration from it. Just do a quick Google search and you’ll find several.

5 – listen to music or a podcast

There are multiple studies that suggest listening to music can increase creativity and focus. These studies also suggest that this only works though if you listen to something you actually like and enjoy. This means, don’t feel pressured to get into a new genre. If it isn’t for you, it isn’t going to do you any good. In place of music, you can listen to podcasts that talk about things relevant to what you do. For example, I listen to Sophia Amoruso‘s Girlboss podcast all the time because it fuels my motivation.

This list could go on forever, but these are just serene mktg’s top five that you can easily try out too. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and fuel your creative tank! Oh, and if you have more ideas to add here, let us know about them in the comments! 🙂

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