If in any case, you’re in some deep creative rut and couldn’t write, read, paint, or create whatever art it is you do for leisure, stop panicking right there because we’ve all been there and you’re definitely not alone! Creative burnouts are totally normal, because every once in a while your brain and its creative juices crave rest, too. But while it sure does need its creative break, there are times that you really just deeply want to create something, you know? You just want to get out of the rut and do something productive and possibly inspiring… but for the love of art you seriously just could not get it right.
Well, today, my friends, get your notes out because I’ll be sharing with you my personal techniques on how to jump right back to productivity when you’re in too deep the creative rut.
Sometimes, and I promise you, it could be because you lack enough rest to push through the productivity level you’re going for. Don’t even get me started because this has happened to me a lot lot lot of times! And I know sleep isn’t an immediate and instant “tip” I could give you. But we all know that our mind and body both won’t properly cooperate if we don’t catch enough sleep. And okay, I know what you’re thinking, caffeine could be a temporary solution but enough sleep is seriously the way to go. I *still* kind of struggle with keeping up the habit of getting to bed at a reasonable time but we have to keep trying!
2. Netflix your way to creativity.
*In Monica Geller’s voice* I KNOW! First time I heard this trick I was pretty shocked, too. Netflix usually slows down our productivity, doesn’t it? ‘Just one episode’ usually turns to 8 more and before you know it, it’s midnight and there’s not a single thing you’ve ticked off your checklist! And you’re just sitting there like, Okay but has it REALLY been 5 hours already?! It usually functions that way, and I bet we all know that.
But sometimes when I’m buried deep deep down the said creative rut, I just turn on Netflix or watch any film or TV show that possibly interests me, and I’m back on my game. Personally, here are the ones from Netflix that really just get me going most of the time. I have both films and series on this mini list!
- Gilmore Girls. Specifically, Rory! Academically wise, she really just pushes me to do something productive. Like write or read, on days I’m either in a creative rut or a reading slump. She easily gets me out of it!
- F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Here’s a confession, I have a habit of romanticizing everything in my life and I want everything to be just pretty and all smiles and bubbles. So, the idea of working, living, and breathing in Manhattan is one thing I deeply want to do in my life. And I mean, most of us think that Manhattan is this beautiful city of dreams and hustle, and I am definitely one of you lot who sees it just like that! The way Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, and Joey are living it up in NYC really just inspires me so much.
- Meet the Robinsons. Hands down, my favourite Disney film EVER. Why don’t people talk much about this animated movie? It’s seriously underrated and it upsets me that it is! So far, it has the most substance out of any animated Disney film I’ve ever seen, or maybe it’s just something I can relate so much to. I remember being in a weirdly tough point in my college life last year, and all I remember was that the moment I saw this film, my outlook completely shifted, completely, like, full 360 degrees. I don’t want to spoil anything major but the ‘Keep moving forward‘ bit did its job perfectly and kept my head in the game.
- Midnight in Paris. Now this one I’m not sure if it’s even on Netflix, but to all my literature-loving friends reading this, if you haven’t seen this film, please do!! It’s got so much literary references and I don’t know how to stress that enough! It’ll make you want to grab every single book that you have and read, JUST READ.
3. Look through visuals.
And I mean, any sort of visual. You can start off with Pinterest. There’s a lot of visual inspiration on it that you can absolutely take after! I mean, don’t we all know that Pinterest is the only way to go when there’s a specific project you’re intending to work on?! Personally, I’ve got pretty ambitious pins on my boards, but what can I do, they’re all so pretty and aesthetically perfect!
The other type of visual source I also love looking through for some inspiration boost are magazines and lookbooks. Life x Style x Love by Garance Dore is a personal favourite of mine. It’s got mini articles to give you a headstart on getting your creative juices to work again, and the photos are just so beautiful.