How to Fuel Your Creativity

Mix up your day-to-day routine

We get mired in a rut of sameness much too often. To get to work, we both use the same route. We all cross the same things off our to-do lists. As we go about our days, we see the same sights, places, and people. Personally, I don't like doing the same thing every day, I need creative stimulus, otherwise I feel myself going down this rabbit hole and get stuck. I actually find it difficult to stay seated and stay in the house.

While routine might provide a sense of security, it can also suffocate innovation. That's why it's crucial to be deliberate about switching things up now and then. Routine changes don't have to be extreme. Instead, think of modest ways to mix up the same activities you do every day.

Do you spend your mornings driving your children to their one-mile-away school? Perhaps one day everyone will be able to walk or ride their bikes instead. Try a gym class instead of the same treadmill regimen. Instead of going to the grocery store, try the farmer's market. Go for a walk after supper or work from a coffee shop.

These small changes can make you feel more inspired. You will notice that you're seeing new surroundings or familiar areas in a different light, this can also help your mental and physical health. I don't like hearing the word "lazy" because usually it is something more than laziness. Laziness is not a personality trait; it is not an issue of defining yourself; laziness is a habit, both in mind and behaviour. It's a habit that developed and has stuck because it is somehow comforting. It's all too easy to assume people are just lazy, and it's almost pleasant to do so. I used to be unmotivated and then I kept pushing myself to do those activities I kept putting off and it was rewarding.

This article worth a read if you are feeling unmotivated.

I find it is effective at the end of the week to reflect and write down what you have done in that week.

Photograph something familiar... but new

It is stated that the best images are taken by photographers who return to the same areas on a regular basis. You can learn about the landscape, lighting, and atmosphere at different times of day by returning to the same locations.

You'll notice subtle textures and patterns in a subject and how to use them to draw attention to that subject more effectively. You'll also offer yourself the chance to mix up your photographs so that the same places and themes don't feel the same every time you look at them.

Consider the objects you photograph on a regular basis. Consider how you could approach these topics in new ways. Changing your lens can give you the variety you're looking for. Perhaps altering your camera settings to photograph at a slower shutter speed or with motion blur will inspire you to be more creative. By photographing your familiar subjects from fresh angles, you can change your perspective.

As you adjust each of your habits, make mental notes. When you switch things around, you could be shocked at how much you like what you come up with.

Learn something new

Creativity feeds on itself. You can frequently kindle a spark of inspiration in your other creative endeavours while you are feeling motivated in one interest.

I've attended classes in cake baking, knitting, creative writing, and calligraphy since getting serious about photography. I started homebrewing, gardening, and became a birdwatcher. I've looked at weather, tide patterns, and animal behaviour. I've redecorated and decorated, as well as learnt how to lay hardwood flooring and tile backsplashes.

While none of these things have a direct impact on my photography, they are all ways to develop and retain creativity. While these pursuits may not be personal hobbies like photography, they do pique my interest in the arts.

Consider pursuing a hobby other than photography and devoting time to it. It will certainly inspire you in your photography and other endeavours.

Go outside

A few years back, I came across a study that piqued my interest. It was discovered that detaching from technology and immersing oneself in nature improves one's ability to solve problems. There aren't many people who can wait at least 59 minutes before looking at their phones, in the morning. Your creative brain is most sensitive when you wake up, it's critical to use it, to create the conditions you want in your life.

Previous research has also indicated that being exposed to nature can aid with attention issues by improving a person's capacity to concentrate. Spending time in outdoors has also been proved to promote creative thinking in studies. A simple 25-minute walk in the park is sufficient to allow your brain to rest and improve cognitive functioning.

Regardless of the data, I know that spending time in nature recharges and revitalises me. I become more aware of my surroundings, more focused on the present moment, and less distracted by technology and personal concerns.

Taking time to watch nature, whether on a weekend camping trip or just a walk around the neighbourhood, has been shown to make you feel more creative.

Take a tour

It's no secret that being away from it all recharges and refreshes you. Visiting new places and experiencing new things provides a plethora of photographic chances.

The unusual sights and sounds of different cultures are guaranteed to inspire creativity, so pack your bags whenever you get the chance! However, taking a long vacation isn't always feasible.

It is feasible, though, to find fresh experiences close to home. "Where would I send a visitor if they came to visit?" is a good question to ask yourself.

Find out about historical sites, museums, state and city parks, and other tourism attractions. Look for upcoming exhibits, parades, and festivals on your local events calendar. Spend a day exploring a nearby town, trying a new restaurant, and expanding your horizons.

Connect with others

We are fortunate in that we are always linked. Social media has a great deal of potential for bringing people together. I've found that using these internet tools has considerably enhanced my day-to-day life because it allows me to socialise with people I wouldn't otherwise be able to see.

Through online forums, Instagram, and Facebook groups, I've met and created some of my closest friends. My photography pals leave me feeling inspired, driven, and confident. We met online through our mutual love of photography.

If connecting online isn't the ideal option for you, find a friend who is also a creative person and arrange a coffee date. Consider becoming a member of a local photographic club or meet-up group.

Try and push past the fear of doing things alone, I used to be fearful of doing things by myself, I now adore going to local events alone because I get to speak to new people and when I am tired I can go whenever. Even going to the cinema alone is refreshing and very relaxing.

Move your body

Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve both your physical and emotional health. Endorphins are released as the body moves, resulting in sensations of euphoria and overall well-being.

Exercise also promotes the creation of new cells in the hippocampus, a brain region involved in long-term memory and creativity, according to research.

A brisk walk, a yoga session, or some hard lifting at the CrossFit gym are all options. Find a physical activity that you enjoy so that you can be inspired to perform it on a regular basis rather than putting it on a to-do list. The advantages will have an impact on your creativity and beyond.

Find healthy stimulus

Me personally I find stimulus from doing creative things and learning new subjects I don't know of, I believe this is called "epistemophile", a lover of knowledge. If someone tells me about a disability or mental health I am unaware of, the first thing I do when I get home is research it.

Find something that you adore doing away from photography, it could improve your photographic and creative skills and you can have interesting conversations with family, friends, co-workers and even strangers that can encourage others to learn.