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10 Ways to Get Out of a Creativity Rut

"Creativity is intelligence having fun." - Albert Einstein

Feeling stuck in a creative rut can be frustrating, especially for creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and photographers who rely on their creativity to thrive in their careers. If you're finding yourself lacking motivation and inspiration, don't worry—you're not alone. Here are 10 actionable strategies to reignite your creative spark and get those creative juices flowing again.

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1. Change Your Environment

Sometimes, all it takes to refresh your mind is a change of scenery. Spend some time at a coffee shop, a local library, or even a park. Take a look around and really observe all that is around you... or let your mind wander. A new environment can stimulate your senses and inspire new ideas.

2. Take a Creative Sabbatical

Give yourself permission to take a break from your creative work. Breaks are SO important and give us time to relax and unwind. Whether your break is for a day or a week, stepping away can help you return with a fresh perspective and renewed energy. Maybe you'll even come back with new ideas!

3. Experiment with a New Medium

If you're a photographer, try painting. If you're a writer, dabble in photography. Exploring different creative mediums can unlock new ways of thinking and unexpected sources of inspiration. You might discover something that you can take back to your work.

4. Set Up Creative Constraints

Ironically, constraints can actually boost creativity. Challenge yourself with limitations, only photograph in a dark and moody scene or take photos using only one angle. These boundaries can spark innovative solutions and unlock creative ideas.

5. Collaborate with Others

Join forces with another creative! Being a creative entrepreneur is a lonely place at times and being able to connect with others in your feild makes you feel not so alone. The exchange of ideas and the energy from working in a team can lead to breakthroughs you might not achieve on your own.

6. Seek Out New Inspirations

Actively look for inspiration outside your usual sources. Stop scouring pinterest and instagram! They will lead you down a comparison rabbit hole which is the last thing you need if you are feeling in a rut. Watch some documentaries, read books from genres you typically avoid, or listen to new music. Different influences can lead to fresh ideas.

7. Practice Mindfulness and Meditation

Sometimes, a crowded mind is a major creativity block. Geting out of your head for a couple hours a day by practicing mindfulness and meditation can help clear your thoughts and make room for new ideas.

8. Keep a Creativity Journal

Carry a journal to jot down thoughts, doodles, or anything that sparks your interest throughout the day. I keep a small journal in my bag at all times for when creativity or ideas spark. These notes can be a goldmine for ideas when you're feeling stuck or lacking direction.

9. Set Personal Challenges

Push yourself out of your comfort zone with self-imposed challenges. Take one photo a day no matter the subject or only take photos with natural light if you are an artificial photographer. These challenges can lead to growth and renewed creativity.

10. Remember Your 'Why'

Reconnect with the reason you chose your creative path. Why did you want to become a photographer? What do you enjoy the most about your creative path? Reminding yourself of your passion and what drives you can help lift the fog of a creative rut.

"The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." - Sylvia Plath

Creativity is not a constant stream but rather a tide that ebbs and flows. By implementing these 10 Ways to Get out of a Creative Rut, you can better navigate the low points and harness your creativity when it surges back.

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