Three ways to keep your creative juices flowing when you’re stuck in a rut

Creativity inspirationEver since I started my blog, I’ve been so grateful to have a creative outlet to share the things I love with like-minded people. It can be so freeing and therapeutic to create something new that wasn’t there before, and I think the online community is such an awesome place to do this.

However, I’m sure that almost everyone knows what it’s like to fall into a creative rut: the ideas dry up like a forgotten well and you simply become too busy to develop new things. But don’t fret — this really does happen to the best of us, and there are a few ways you can get that well up and running again.

Check out the list below to see a few of my ideas for keeping your creative juices flowing and plentiful:

1. Visit someplace new

It doesn’t have to be a month-long trip to Italy or a massive hike through South America, but sometimes a change of scenery can do wonders for your perspective and your creativity. Try taking a day trip to a charming town outside your city, or visit an art gallery to get inspired!

2. Impose deadlines on yourself

When I first started my blog, I would wait until inspiration struck to write a new post, instead of going out and finding it myself. Once I began to impose tight deadlines and a rigid (but not too rigid!) schedule on myself, the ideas began to flow more naturally because I knew I needed to come up with something. Often, if you wait for the perfect idea to come along, it never will and you’ll be left with nothing. Even if an idea isn’t amazing at first glance, just go with it and see what it can become — you’d be surprised at how well things turn out when you take a leap of faith.

3. Socialize

For better or worse, talking things out always ends up producing new thoughts and ideas. If you’re super stuck on what to do next, plan an evening of wine and cheese with a few inspiring friends and see what ideas you come up with! (In fact, this very post was born out of a fruitful conversation with a good friend!).

How do you like to stay inspired? Let me know in the comments below!

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