How to Spark Creativity, Keep Your Content Fresh & Keep Ideas Flowing
This post is going to be a fun one! Today, I’m talking about some nontraditional business activities that have increased both my income and creativity. There’s such a demand for creativity in today’s world since people are looking to consume content. Whether it’s via Instagram Reels or TikTok – people love content, but they have a short attention span.
And that means we’re always pursuing the next thing, looking to innovate and do something out of the box. At least I am! So, I like to do things that are not only fun, but also spark my creativity and allow me to work on my self-development. I think of it as a win-win!
Doing this helps me create great content and attract my ideal client. Want the same for you? Thought so. I’m sharing which activities help me with this below!
Two Things You Need to Do to Help Your Creativity
Before I get into specific activities that I suggest, there are two things that you must do in order to allow the creative juices to really flow – in a meaningful way. The first is to put your blinders on and stop scrolling as much. When you’re constantly watching other people’s content, a few things happen. First – you start comparing yourself to them. This can be toxic. Second, you start creating content that mimics theirs, thinking you’re doing something different and creative. Taking a step back and NOT constantly consuming and scrolling can help you be more original.
The second is to stop being so obsessed with your metrics. In other words, don’t relate your worth to your metrics. While of course you’re going to look at them to see what works and what doesn’t, don’t allow yourself to get too wrapped up in them.
Reading Fiction Books
Now I’m going to share the activities I do that really make me more creative. The first is – I LOVE to read fiction books. It feels like I’ve been reading more than ever lately. I’ve been loving a series called A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. It’s like fantasy meets 50 Shades of Gray and I can’t recommend it enough.
In general, reading fiction teaches me life lessons, allows me to dive into the brains of the characters, and just makes me more creative in general. Plus, it’s an amazing way to relax and unwind.
Cutting Down on Alcohol Intake
As inspired by my conversation with Karolina a few podcast episodes and posts back, I have decided to take an eight-week break from drinking. This started as a 30-day commitment in February and I decided to keep it going.
Honestly, I love cocktails or a glass of wine. But, it feels really great to take a break right now. It gets rid of that little “overcast” and tired feeling the day after a couple of drinks. I sleep better, feel better in my body, have more energy, more time, and am all-around more creative. All of those little differences really do add up!
Listening to Non-Business Podcasts
I enjoy business podcasts – heck, I have one myself! But, listening to fun podcasts really does help my creativity. I’ll share two that I love. The first one is Armchair Expert, where celebrities are interviewed. They share stories about their childhood and what they’ve learned and how they’ve personally grown. It’s personal growth disguised in pop culture, which is awesome.
Another that I love listening to is Swish and Flick. This is a Harry Potter themed podcast where they do a reread of the books. Each episode is one chapter, and then they do a summary and deep dive. They analyze the characters and everything that happened. It’s just really fun.
Here’s my advice: there are podcasts about EVERYTHING! Find what you’re obsessed with and look for a podcast on it and you’re bound to find something amazing to indulge in.
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Taking Bubble Baths
I’ve become a huge bubble bath person! I take them almost nightly. I add Dr. Teal’s bubble bath and just relax. So many great ideas come to me there! I read a lot and just disconnect and unwind – it’s really so soothing. I highly recommend it!
Watching Comedy Sitcoms
I love comedy sitcoms (and TV in general) and I find that it’s really cool to learn life lessons while you’re laughing. That’s what happens when I watch comedy sitcoms.
I just finished a series called The Sex Life of College Girls – it was great. While watching, I got ideas and took notes. This happened because I was laughing, having fun, opening up, and thinking outside of the box. Watching shows like this isn’t mindless, but it’s also not work, so it’s a great balance.
Create Before You Consume: The Bottom Line
I want you to tap into your creativity, and to do that, you should remember to create before you consume. Before logging into Instagram for the day or responding to client messages, take time to write, speak, or record. Practice creativity for creativity’s sake and you can’t go wrong! And remember to make it fun.
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