What was the last thing that inspired you?
It’s easy to find a million ways to procrastinate. However, there are times when we just need something to start the proverbial ball of productivity rolling. Here are five ways I find inspiration.
1. Get Moving
The simple act of taking a walk almost always gets my mind flowing. Especially if that walk includes nature. Something about being surrounded by trees and small creeks gets my creativity bubbling away.
2. Visit an Art Museum
My favorite thing to do when I’m in New York on business is carve out time to visit the Metropolitan. There is something truly transformative about sitting in front of a Van Gogh or Bonnard and soaking in the scene. Closer to home a visit to a local art museum or gallery can be just as interesting. I think of it as a great way to cleanse my mental palate.
3. Read a Good Book
Reading is a great way to temporarily transport yourself to a different place and time. Time spent with a good book leaves me feeling like I just took a mini-vacation. I’m also inspired by the author’s ability to pull me into another world.
4. Just Write
Set a timer and write stream of consciousness for five minutes without any censoring. After you’re done look at what’s really on your mind. Sometimes just getting those unvarnished thoughts out of your head and down on paper helps things start to flow.
5. Give Yourself Permission to Fail
Sometimes we just need to give ourselves permission to be really bad at something for five minutes. Write the worst dialogue you can imagine, draft a horrible business proposal, think of a terrible idea for a start-up company. Once you deliberately try to fail, you’ll probably realize you’re actually pretty good at what you do.
What about you? How do you get creative? Please leave a comment and share your own ideas on getting inspired.