it’s hard to feel inspired after the holidays. for two weeks after xmas, i couldn’t get out of bed in the morning, had trouble focusing on work assignments and basically felt lazy. here are 13 ways to get those creative juices flowing in the new year:
1. organize your work space. i always start with this one when i need to refocus and get motivated.
2. do some exercise. go for a hike outisde, do hot yoga or take one of those crazy uxf burn classes. when your mind is focused on other things, like the burning in your thighs, you can solve tricky design problems or other work-related obstacles.
3. clean out your closet. sometimes it takes motivation to get more motivation, but this one works wonders for me. when my closet is neat and tidy and filled with cute clothes that i want to wear, i feel good. being in a rut with your style translates to the other areas of your life.
4. put on a little make up. if you’re lazy like me, you don’t take the time to pretty up your face every day. putting on a little mascara and lipstick is transformative. (boys: trim your eyebrows or something.)
5. hire a house cleaner. even if it’s only once or twice a month, having someone else clean your house will free up time for other projects.
6. open a recipe book and try cooking some new food. it may inspire you in other areas of your life.
7. go to a museum or art show. looking at other artists’ work may give you ideas that relate to your own projects.
8. pet an animal. when you are relating to an animal, cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, is lowered and the production of serotonin, a chemical associated with well-being, is increased. reducing stress makes room for that creative spark to happen.
9. make a list. it’s easier to accomplish your goals when they are right in front of you on paper.
10. focus on the part of the job that is most interesting and leave the mundane part for later. this one is motivation and procrastination at the same time!
11. try something you’ve never done before. make new neural pathways; your creative mind will love you for it.
12. step away from the computer and sketch. i can’t draw, but every time i pick up a pencil and doodle a bit, ideas come.
13. create a buddy system or a community to keep you going when motivation is flagging. they will also keep you accountable if you check in with each other regularly.