The following is a guest post from Drew Cloud.
Drew Cloud is the founder of the Student Loan Report – a site dedicated to providing our nation’s latest student loan news. Check the site, found at studentloans.net, for new student loan related news, advice, and opinions from experts in the industry.
Have you ever just simply lost the creative juices you had flowing at one point? This is a common occurrence that happens for many people and if you do not know how to re-tap into your creative side, you may be left without a good idea or project.
Below, I will go over some ways to boost your creativity while you working on your side hustle. These should help you feel more motivated and get over that hump that interrupts the flow of things. These are some of the things that I have found to be the most effective when working on my new website, the Student Loan Report.
- Go for a Walk
If you feel like you are running into a road block, simply get up from your desk and go for a walk. You should take a stroll outside to get some fresh air and look at nature around you. This will help you clear your mind and increase your mood, allowing you to return to your desk with some new ideas in mind.
When you do go for a walk, try not to think too hard about what you were working on and let your ideas run freely. You will likely spark your curiosity in something and be able to get right back to your creative work.
- Search for Ideas
Pinterest is a great place to search for some great ideas and you can even pin your ideas to your board. If you prefer not to use Pinterest, because it is addicting, you can Google something related to your idea and see what comes up.
Simply looking at things can help to boost the production of your creative juice and allow you to kick it back into gear.
- Listen to Some Meditative Music
Listening to music allows you to clear your mind of your roadblock and it will help you refocus on what is important. In addition, music helps to relieve stress and relax you, so that you can regather your thoughts.
If you are looking for quality music, try something meditative, melodies, or soft jazz to get your creative brain working again.
Whether you want to jump on the coffee train or the soda bullet, caffeine can help you regather your thoughts and jump start some big ideas. Simply take a small break from working and go outside with your choice of caffeine. Some people think that caffeine only makes them more awake, but there are actually tons of benefits.
A small snack to join your caffeine does not hurt either. Sometimes, when your body is hungry, your brain cannot work as well as you would like it to and you may feel exhausted. Try eating something substantial such as a protein bar.
- Call a Friend
When you just cannot think of anything at all, call someone in your family or a friend and just chat. It doesn’t have to be about what you are working on, or anything related at all. Sometimes something someone may say may spark the inspiration flame in your mind. Alternatively, you could ask someone specifically about your project. Other people have different opinions and one of them may have an idea that will suit your project well. It never hurts to get others’ feedback and it can actually improve the way that you think.
- Read the News or a Blog
When you cannot think any longer, take a break by reading the news or a blog that you like. You will be able to distract yourself from the work ahead of you and reset your mind, so that when you go back to the project at hand, you can think clearly. Reading helps to open up your mind as well and you may get some inspiration from local stories about businesses and the success of others.
If you are looking for ways to be more creative and productive when working on a side project, try the above six ways. You will find that one of the main ways to get your creative side flowing is to take a break from what you are doing. When you focus on one thing for too long, you will have trouble thinking of new ideas and as you continue to brainstorm, you will find yourself searching for something that is fresh and not just a replay of an old idea.