My last few articles for WP Elevation have covered contracts, follow up, and new client on boarding. My latest article is a bit of a departure from the normal business advice and tips for designers, developers, and consultants working in the WordPress space — it’s all about creativity, or rather the lack thereof.
Creative People Aren’t Always Creative
I follow a lot of designers and developers on the web; they tweet some amazing links and share great resources and quick doses of inspiration through their work and the work of others.
It’s easy to see all of the great work others are doing and sometimes get frustrated — especially when you’re stuck, when you’ve hit a creative roadblock, or when you feel uninspired. I know because I’ve been there on more than one occasion.
Sometimes Creativity Doesn’t Come Naturally. Even the most creative of us have days where the flow doesn’t quite flow, the groove can’t quite find its rhythm, and frustration comes as a white screen or blank sheet of sketch paper sits mockingly in front of us.
It would be advantageous if these lapses in creative ability only happened when we had free time in our schedules, but, unfortunately, that is simply not how the world works.
I don’t know about you, but for me, these sudden drains on my creative reserves happen right in the thick of the busiest times, when big projects have pending deadlines, clients are waiting, and there is no wiggle room in my schedule.
But here’s the problem: Even when I’m just not feeling it, the work still has to get done. I still have to honor my commitments, delivery of my promises, and produce great work the client is thrilled with.
What happens then?
- What happens when you’re just not feeling it and you have to get things done?
- What happens when it doesn’t come back right away, and you start to fall behind?
- What happens when your frustration turns to worry and stress and your work becomes a weight on your shoulders you can hardly bear?
- What do you do?
What can you do to get back in flow, bolster your creativity, get your groove back, and find inspiration again?
As I mentioned, I’ve been in this situation more than once, and lucky for you, I’ve got a few ideas that may help — 10 in fact, that are perfect to help you get your creative juices flowing!