“Tapping into one’s creativity within the confines of a corporate environment can have its challenges,” notes Hillary Hope, founder and creative director at The Unlimited Hope. “A brilliant idea can hit while on the treadmill at the gym, in line at the grocery store or in the middle of the night.”
Everyone has experienced a time or two when you have struggled to coming up with your next creative solution. Whether it’s composing a flashy, new design or crafting a plan to make a seemingly impossible deadline work, we’ve all been there! And many times, this “creative block” doesn’t seem to gain much from the corporate cubicle walls within which we live and work every day.
So, how do we break through periods of low productivity and non-creativity? How do we encourage brilliant moments during typical business hours?
Well, I say, “Attack the day with a clear mind, full of inspiration!” I know … I know … It’s super cheesy and is definitely easier said than done. But to get started, check out these three websites that I’ve found to be immensely helpful!
1 // HeadSpace.com – Brilliant things happen in calm minds!
Research shows practicing meditation and mindfulness can have a positive impact on stress, anxiety, focus and creativity. This handy little app/website makes meditation simple by teaching you how to let your mind wander in short, office-friendly time slots (as little as 3 minutes).
So, what is meditation?
Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.
What is mindfulness?
Meditation is the ability to be present, to rest in the here and now, fully engaged with whatever we’re doing in the moment.
If you are new to Headspace, sign up for free and try the 10-day guided series to start implementing a new habit to your routine. Declutter your thoughts, sharpen your concentration and stress less … by simply taking a step back and appreciating a little headspace!
2 // TheDesignInspiration.com – Logos, illustrations, websites, typography … Oh My!
Staying inspired is the guaranteed way to keep your creative juices flowing! TDI is one of my go-to online resources. Its vast showcasing of a varying industries, design styles, mediums and methods will no doubt be just what you need to spark genius on your next project.
3 // AdsOfTheWorld.com – The world’s largest advertising community.
Keeping a pulse on the work of some of the world’s advertising mammoths inspires me to create on a daily basis. Ads of the World curates the some of the best and most recent ads from around the globe … many brands that we’re all too familiar with as well as some unknowns from abroad … creativity flows in wildly in abundance!
à My most recent favorite: https://www.adsoftheworld.com/media/film/hifi_klubben_welcome_listeners
Now, what are some of the tools that you use to fuel creativity … to get through times when you feel “stuck”?
Let us know! Happy Thursday!