Updated: Dec 21, 2020
Let's be honest — being creative every day can get exhausting.
When you run a business, maybe you're posting every day, maybe your blogging, maybe you're going live, maybe recording a podcast every week — whatever it is, part of running a business is putting out content day after day after day.
Maybe this is easy for you. Or, maybe you find yourself running out of ideas by Tuesday.
Or, like me, it's a mixed bag — some days you've got an endless stream of creative ideas, and other days, you're just blank (which is why it's important to plan ahead!).
Here are three ways that I like to break out of my creative bubble, stretch my mind, and get back into my creative energy when I feel burnt out.
Even if you don't think you have any ideas left, or you don't have anything to say, set some time aside to just free-write.
Write for at least 10-15 minutes, uninterrupted. You may not have anything to say at first, but if you keep going you'll find that the ideas will start to flow. Maybe they'll be content ideas, maybe not. But it's important to just keep writing without judging the quality or purpose of your ideas — the point isn't to suddenly have something to post!
You just want to get yourself back into that creative flow and playful energy required to create day after day (because when you're lighting up creating content, it's going to light other people up too!)
Staying stuck in an echo-chamber of your own thoughts and ideas isn't going to help you here. If you're feeling creatively drained, try looking outside of yourself for inspiration. Take an online course, get caught up on what your favorite mentors and influencers are doing, read a book, watch something you love, go for a walk — follow whatever inspires you.
Most people don't live in a constant state of feeling inspired. But you can choose to seek out inspiration every day — even if you don't feel naturally inspired from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed, you have the opportunity to fabricate that inspired feeling every single day.
Use Your Energy Wisely
Last week I shared that I think business owners should use pre-designed templates more often, because they exist to make life easier. Not everyone agreed, but my favorite comment said "no one is handing out awards for making life harder for yourself." It's so true!
There is no reason to make things harder on yourself. As a business owner, you have a million things on your plate. So use templates if you don't want to design something every day, repurpose your content, and automate whatever you can.
You have a limited amount of energy to pour into your business — there is no need to make things harder on yourself by refusing to take advantage of the tools that are right there in front of you, begging to be used!
That's why I love my Canva Templates for Instagram Kit so much — it makes content creation fun and easy, so you can protect your creative energy instead of making life harder on yourself.
The kit comes with a FULL MONTH of Instagram graphics designed for you, plus THREE amazing bonuses (all for $27):
- 10 customizable Instagram Story Templates
- 5 journal prompts that will make you a caption-writing machine, so that you know your messaging and graphics are aligned and working for you
- 3 of my favorite ways to boost real, genuine Instagram engagement
I truly believe this kit will give you the tools to up-level your Instagram AND your business, because that's what it's done for mine.