One of the challenges faced by many creative professionals from time to time is that of getting inspired. It’s a bit like this: we have an idea, we know how we want to execute it, but we need just the right “spark” to set us in motion. That spark is inspiration, and it comes in many forms.
Getting and staying inspired isn’t just helpful for producing quality work, though; it’s essential. Here are a few of my favorite ways to wake up your mojo and get the creative juices flowing:
- Revisit your favorites: Writer David Sedaris once said, “Whenever I read a passage that moves me, I transcribe it in my journal, hoping that my fingers might learn what excellence feels like.” (Coincidentally, Mr. Sedaris is exactly the writer I turn to when I need an inspiration infusion.) Often, if I just read a couple of his short stories, I find myself recharged, with the synapses in my brain firing away once again. Whether it’s a film, TV show, book or album, revisiting the things that set us on fire creatively is usually just what the doctor ordered.
- Venture into the unknown: I’m not saying to board a plane to Morrocco, though that would be incredible; I’m talking about small-scale unknowns. Visit that new Asian-fusion restaurant, drive an alternate route to work, try Ashtanga yoga – you get the picture. The point is to get out of your comfort zone, shake up your routine and, in turn, push the reset button on creative thinking.
- Work remotely: Take your work to a new location, (with your supervisor’s permission, of course.) Spend the final hour of the workday working from a coffeehouse, your back porch or even an art museum. (Many museums have public Wi-Fi and will allow you to take your laptop inside to work amongst the Rembrandts and Monets.) Oftentimes, a simple change in scenery will bring forth some of your best work.
- And finally, I leave you with my favorite recent source of inspiration, Kid President.
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