Many areas of life require a certain amount of creativity. Getting a job is no exception. But, after weeks, months, even years of looking, it’s easy to feel like your spark is out and your creativity well has run dry.
If that’s the case you may need to exercise your creativity muscles a little more. I’m not sure where exactly they’re found in the body, whether it’s the heart, the brain, the hands or the backbone but if you don’t use them you’ll lose them.
Try to tackle some of these tasks every week to keep your creativity in top form.
- Creativity Log – Not quite a journal, not quite a to-do list, a creativity log keeps track of anything that amuses you. Jot down jokes, peculiar ponderings, imaginative inventions, or a plethora of project ideas so you can refer back to past creativity when you’re running low in the future.
- Snap Shots – It doesn’t matter if you’re using a point and shoot, a professional digital SLR camera or even your phone as long as you take the time to stop and shoot the roses. Ignore the rules of photography and capture whatever catches your eye.
- Read More – Fiction and non-fiction can both inspire copious creativity. How-to’s and biographies are great for motivation while novels and short stories whisk you into new situations and scenery. Increasing your reading will also improve your vocabulary and communication skills.
- Alone Time – Allow yourself to be alone from time to time and use it to just let go of your inhibitions. As the saying goes, dance like no one is watching. Sing at the top of your lungs or start a conversation with yourself in the mirror. Don’t hold back and you might discover something new that even you didn’t know about yourself.
- Eat Breakfast – It’s important for creative people to keep their energy levels up right from the beginning of the day. Even better is if you can come up with a creative presentation for standard breakfast food like a scrambled egg face or pancakes in the shape of cartoon characters.
- Ask Questions – Creativity and curiosity are cousins. By inquiring about others’ inspiration and motivation, you’ll be more likely to find your own.
Keeping your creativity in shape will bring great benefit to your life. Even if you don’t get the new job right away at least you’ll have fun.