Just the other day I mentioned that I rarely, if ever, get writer’s block. I honestly feel that one of the reasons for this is I am afforded a change of scenery whenever I desire. This is not available to most as they have a specific workplace environment. My workplace environment changes on a daily basis. I have worked from Hawaii, San Diego, Las Vegas, Houston, Raleigh and now Chapel Hill all in the last few years. I would like to think that this has been quite the change of scenery that allows my creative juices to flow.
A Change of Scenery is Very Important to Creativity
Many hard working individuals get into a routine. They get up at the same time. They take the same route oo the way to work. Their lunch break is around the same time. They leave the workplace around 5:00 and take that same route back home. Dinner is served at a similar time every weeknight. After dinner they read a book, the newspaper or watch a little TV. As the day winds down they prepare to do the exact same thing tomorrow. Fortunately, I do not live that life.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with consistency and coming up with a routine that works for you. I find that when I get into the same routine for more than a few weeks I hit a wall. I can no longer think outside the box and my creativity is shot. This is exactly what I do not want as creative content is a big part of my success. Every single day I take a walk on a different trail. Every day I do my best to adjust my schedule so it is not similar to yesterday. Once again, I am very fortunate to have these options.
If you want to enhance your creativity I strongly suggest trying something a little bit different in the next week. Take a different route to work. Instead of eating at the same restaurant try something different. If you are a baseball fan in the spring consider going to a tennis match. If you read fiction pick up a non fiction book. You will be very surprised how your brain reacts to something a little bit different. If you do this on a consistent basis you will really great the creative juices flowing.
Creative Content Generation is Not for Everyone
There are many jobs that do not require creative content. In fact, most jobs do not. Individuals working in Internet marketing, SEO or social media must be creative to succeed. If individuals are not creative on the Internet they are going to get run over. Trust me when I tell you that I have seen this time and again. You do not have to be the lead marketing director for Apple to be considered a creative mind but it does take a little bit of thinking outside the box every once in awhile.
Some of the most creative content producers use multiple resources. YouTube is amazing for video. Most importantly, it is free. Pinterest, Instagram, 500 px and countless other websites are amazing for pictures. Most of these options are free. Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook are some of the best social products ever created. They are all free. Well, we could argue that Facebook is not but we won’t go down that road in this article. Coming up with a way to use video, pictures and the written word consistently might be just what it takes to bring your Internet presence to a new level. By using different sources for content creation you are automatically creating a change of scenery for yourself and your followers, viewers or readers.
Change Things Up to Enhance Your Creativity
Prior to writing this article I must admit that I had hit a wall physically. My body was not happy with my mind as I have done a little too much Crossfit lately. I honestly did not know if I had the energy to type this piece of content. After taking a walk into a different neighborhood I felt reenergized. I also played a YouTube song that I have not heard in years and I felt completely different. A little bit of a change in scenery goes a very long way.
I strongly suggest trying a few different things. Get those old CDs out from the 1990s. Watch some of those old Seinfeld episodes. Pull out the high school yearbook and see what superlatives you received. All of this will get your brain moving in several different directions. Before you know it you will have ideas for 20 new articles and videos. Now you just have to find the time to do them!