Some days it’s really hard to get motivated. Even though I love my work, sometimes I feel like one of my kids’ battery powered toys that needs some new batteries. As much as I wish I just had a continual reserve of creativity just flowing out, I’ve learned that I need to recharge my creative batteries from time to time.
Just as that little battery-operated toy needs freshly charged batteries to work as it should, we need to regularly charge our batteries to keep the creative juices flowing.
Every once in a while—okay, a lot more than every once in a while–, we need to recharge.
The best way to stay creative and keep yourself motivated is to do something different every day. Whether it’s getting up from your desk and getting out for a walk, or whether it’s to learn something entirely new, exercising our creativity in new ways is what recharges us and helps us to become more creative.
And no matter how much you love what you do, you’ll do it better and more successfully if you keep those batteries charged.
What should you do? Well, that depends on you and what refreshes you, recharges your creativity, inspires your soul and just brings you joy.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Read a book unrelated to your work that inspires you
- Go somewhere you’ve never been before
- Spend time in recreation or creative activities with your favorite people
- Visit a museum
- Learn a new skill: paint, bake bread, take a pottery class, learn to play an instrument, try a new sport
- Attend a cultural/arts event that’s outside of your comfort zone: a concert, a play, a gallery opening
- Go fly a kite
- Find a new walking path
- Go serve in a soup kitchen or at a school or hospital or homeless shelter
- Go listen to an inspiring speaker (again, that has nothing to do with your work)
- Make a new friend
- Plant a garden (flowers or vegetables, whatever makes you happy)
- Change the route you take to work
- Keep a journal
- Set a big goal that has nothing to do with your work
- Take a social media break
- Go to lunch with a friend (or breakfast or dinner or coffee)
- Reconnect with someone
- Take an exercise class
- Leave work on time
- Create a vision board
- Laugh. Watch a funny movie or read a funny book.
And if this isn’t enough ideas for you, here’s an infographic with even more ideas to help you recharge and keep yourself at the peak of creative power.
How do you recharge? What’s your favorite way to stay creative and productive?