Ten Tips to Recharge Your Creativity Batteries

  1. Stop making to-do lists that confine and measure achievement. Instead, grant yourself 15 minutes every day to unplug from the demands of life and all of your gadgets—now appendages—and imagine yourself floating in a multi-colored hot air balloon free of restraints. The only objective is to declutter your mind and allow it to soar without inhibitions or constraints.Creative Recharge
  2. Make a play date with your imagination.
  3. Drive to the town or city next to yours. Find a non-commercial Barista, walk in, and order something you’ve never tried before. Take a seat and observe.
    • Is music playing? Does it inspire you?
    • Look around. Do you notice any standout characters sitting at the tables alongside you? What are they talking about? Can you see yourself writing, painting, or being poetic, about these people?
    • Are there any unusual accents? Can you place it? Create a scenario in which you and this person engage in conversation and discover you shared a lover. What do you learn about the lover and yourself? How do you leave the situation?
  1. Quick as a wink—no deliberation allowed—list your five favorite love songs. Once the list is complete, pick the fav of the fav, and listen to the song a few times. And then… write a fan letter to the songwriter. Tell him or her what the song means to you and why.
  2. Answer the questions: Why is being creative important to you? What stands between you and your artistic canvas? What will you do this instant the obstacle is removed? And finally, make these questions your daily mantra.
  3. Take a walk on the wild side. Let go of your rules. Give yourself permission to write what you feel and say what your think.
  4. Locate a buried secret you’ve carry within your soul for almost forever. It has to be one that causes some sort of discomfort, fear, or hurt. Open the box it is buried in, take it out, and peel back the layers of scar tissue covering it. Face it. Cry one more time if you must. After, put it back into the box and release the negative energy out into the void. The memory will remain, but the hold it had over you is gone making room for artist innovation.
  5. Take a mental staycation.
  6. Take a restricted or progressive sensory stroll
    • Restricted: stroll with only one of the senses engaged; if scent is the sense of choice, use your eyes for navigation only but breathe in your surroundings taking note of both the common and unexpected. If so inclined, take a moment to jot down what comes to mind each time a new scent is found.
    • Progressive: there are several options in a progressive stroll; start your walk with only one sense turned on, then flip the switch on the second sense. Take care to notice the nuances. Is your awareness heightened? Continue this process until all five senses are switched on. Remember to monitor your connection to the surroundings and how the added senses impacts your perspective. Another option is to start the walk with all five senses switched on, and gradually turn each of them off one by one. Or focus only on two. At the end of your walk do you feel the creative charge of energy? Is the weight of the world gone? Do you even remember where you walked or how you arrived home?
  7. Feed your mind (art, music, books, theater, arts and crafts) and fuel your body (greens, grains, protein, carbs and proteins, chocolate and wine or rye). Laugh and cry. Love. Live. Believe. Fall down. Give yourself permission to fail and remember, from the ashes your artist self is reborn and recharged.

 

What do you do when your creative battery is sputtering?

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23 thoughts on “Ten Tips to Recharge Your Creativity Batteries

  1. I turn to needlework and a good movie. I love to stitch needlepoint and embroidery. There’s a rhythm there and eventually, my brain loosens up and new writing stuff begins to develop.

  2. Well, fortunately, today, I visited here. As soon as I started reading your #1, I relaxed. I love the image. I think too often I forget to play with creativity. Have fun! Thank you for these, Brenda, I love them.

    My coach told me recently to spend 15 minutes each evening playing. Like a kid. And that it’s essential. I’m learning to see the wisdom and the way those 15 minutes help keep me on task the next day – and on task with purpose.
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  3. When my creativity battery is low, I usually sit outside on our deck and just take in the sights, sounds and smells, allowing my mind to simply rest. It isn’t long before the juices start to flow! :)
    Great suggestions, Brenda!
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  4. I love these! To-do lists are my thing, but they do kill creativity. I love to take walks to unwind and they always help me to get back into writing if I’m too stressed. Reading, listening to music, and drawing always brings out my creativity. :)
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  5. ALL good suggestions, Brenda. I especially like # 7. Locate a buried secret you’ve carried within your soul for almost forever. Funny you mention that because I’ve been pondering writing a short story (of course you know it WOULD be fictionalized if it’s a SECRET).

    When my creative battery splutters… is that akin to burnout? Because my creative battery is always recharged, but I have recently experienced burnout from the memoir. Even though I’m on the last chapter, you can imagine that by now I’m sick of it all. The reason, though, is that I know what happens next, whereas in fiction there’s more mystery about it; you don’t necessarily know the outcome. You just go with the flow and make new discoveries as you go.
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  6. So I took your advice — you know I always listen to you carefully, Brenda — and hopped into a colorful hot-air balloon that soon crash-landed in a nearby town. After dusting myself off, I wobbled to the only place open that early in the morning, which was a Turkish espresso bar. When I pushed the door open and stepped inside, the stereo behind the counter was playing Love Stinks by the J. Geils Band so loudly that I had trouble hearing the barista’s response to my request for help. Not that it mattered, because he only spoke Turkish and mistakenly thought I wanted a Double Chocolaty Chip Crème Frappuccino instead of an ambulance. And sure, I enjoyed the drink — who wouldn’t? — but the entire experience was so traumatic I had to bury it in a metaphorical emotional box in my metaphorical backyard of sorrow where it will hopefully remain hidden forever.

    Or until I need a good story idea.

  7. You have enough tasks here to last an entire Summer… I like that.
    You possess and incredible perspective. That you conceive these notions is noteworthy… that you can convey them here, as you do is brilliant.
    I had to smile at the thought of the accents. Here in Tennessee, we all have similar accents, and on occasion, we will catch someone from another region, trying to fit in, by imitating ours. Most do pretty well actually.
    Okay, I am rambling… enjoyed your post. Thanks! Myke
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    • You’re the poet, Myke. I am always intrigued by the those who build worlds and expose emotions in a few lines. Glad you did and that you stopped by.

  8. I am going to print this one out and hang it on my wall. I love #1 and continued loving these suggestions all the way down the list. I actually do several of these to some extent and recognize the need to free my mind from restraints in order to come up with fresh ideas. I work for a company that emphasizes goal-setting complete with progress measures and I’ve always told them the system does not always work for creative types and may even hamper progress. Creative people need a different system, and I think these are fantastic suggestions for how such a system, or anti-system, might work.
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