Working out and developing muscles takes hard work, pain and often hurts miserably. The same is true for our creative muscles. Creativity is a muscle that the more we use, the better it gets. But, much like pizza for breakfast before hitting the gym, there are some things that we need to find ways of avoiding to stay our most creative selves:
- Stress – If we need to be creative, we need to find some stress reducers. Exercise, going a walk, stepping back from a project, saying prayers…whatever we have to do to change our focus from our situation and reduce the stress.
- Lack of sleep – Creativity is the first thing to go when we are tired. We’re not able to process normally and have to force our attention to focus on something it just doesn’t have the energy to do. Manage your energy and monitor your sleep so that you can be your most creative. Studies have proven that less than 7 hours of sleep for 3 straight nights causes our bodies to react as if we’re intoxicated.
- Avoiding being intentional – We must intentionally refill our creativity. When we pour out non-stop, we have to refill or the tank will be empty. In our busy lives, we have to intentionally create time to be creative if it’s not happening naturally.
- Focusing on too many ideas – We should always be documenting ideas, but our most important ideas need all the focus necessary to complete them. Scott Belsky said it best when he said “the greatest enemy to our ideas are newer ideas.”