Creativity and motivation go hand in hand. It’s hard to be creative if you’re not motivated. If you think about it, it’s hard to be motivated if you don’t get a bit creative. That means a bit of hacking, so to speak, just like you would input codes in a computer game.
When going through a creative rut, it’s often not easy to get past it. You need to try new things… to get out of the box, so to speak. This is what we’ll be discussing in this article.
Exercise and sleep properly
It’s surprising how much we actually need physical exercise to function at full capacity. You would think that exercise expends energy, but in actuality it has a rejuvenating effect. It helps you keep sharp between the ears. Also it helps at getting a good night’s sleep so that you wake up with your batteries fully charged the next day.
Oftentimes, we feel foggy because we’re lacking in sleep, exercise or proper nutrition. It’s hard to be productive or creative when your basic needs aren’t met, regardless if you’re building a business or a piece of art. Make sure you take care of yourself.
Keep your sleeping area very dark. Avoid screens, such as tablets, phones and televisions in your sleeping area. Invest in a good bed and comfortable blankets. Try to keep your sleeping area cool at all times for deep, restful sleep and brain health.
Think out of the box
This seems pretty vague, but it largely depends on what you want to get creative with. If you’re a writer, try learning a new technique or style of writing. Another example: if you’re a musician, try to learn a genre that is completely new to you. You get the idea. Explore your craft so that you have a better idea of the bigger picture.
Try cognitive enhancers
While you should definitely stay away from drugs, nootropics (cognitive enhancers) are a different matter. They are both safe and effective at enhancing your creativity and boosting your motivation.
Modafinil is a prescription nootropic that is normally used to treat conditions such as narcolepsy. In addition, if you are a shift worker who struggles to get your sleeping routine regulated, this medication can help. Finally, those who struggle with sleep apnea find they are more wakeful using Modafinil.
Of course, caffeine is also great, but it does have some uncomfortable side effects. If you’ve used caffeine products in the past for energy or a brain boost, you know the roller coaster effect of caffeine. Yes, it boosts your brain power and physical energy. Then you crash. If you’re taking Modafinil for cognitive enhancement because sleep apnea leaves you groggy, you’re in luck. This medication offers a slow release and should elevate your brain power for 8 to 10 hours.
If you struggle with sleepiness, it may be tempting to use the newfound energy from Modafinil to connect with family and friends. However, an elevated brain will need a little space to get creative. Yes, you may get better grades on Modafinil. In fact, your homework group may turn out to be a lot more fun.
Take a break every now and then
However, creativity takes a bit of alone time. For the best creative power, do something habitual, such as taking a walk. We don’t have to think about how walking works. It’s a habit; we just do it. While walking, free up your brain on a problem or a challenge you’re facing and see what happens. After you’ve cleared your head up, get back to working on your goals!
Being creative isn’t easy, but it’s something that we can actively influence. Thinking that “you can’t plan creativity” is a mindset of someone who most likely won’t create a lot in life.
Just like playing a video game and using “cheat codes”, life is also within your control. The more you believe that, the more you can influence what you accomplish in life.