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Creativity is sometimes a difficult process to capture, and you can’t force it.
When you are trying to get into the creative flow, it can sometimes be difficult to get ‘into the zone’ and get the creative juices flowing.
That being said, there is always a way to dial in your focus and get the best creative work out of you, from devising the optimal workspace to choosing the right tools and even whether it is a good idea to collaborate with others on a particular project and we are going to look into these options right now. Use them to boost your creative thinking to get things done.
The environment that you choose to work in can have a significant impact on your performance. The way your workspace looks and feels and how it’s set up can completely change your ability to work well, both creatively and normally.
It’s a copy-paste design that’s easily manufactured and highly efficient to build, but is absolutely awful to work in. Plain, bland, neutral colors in an area that looks nearly identical to everyone else’s, with very little in terms of customization.
This type of space will stifle your creativity for sure, and may not even be the best place to focus for some people. The first thing you’ll want to do when creating your own workspace is think about the aesthetics and décor you select.
It may seem unimportant, but if you’re going to be spending hours upon hours in this same place each day, you’re going to want it to look nice. Get comfortable furniture for you to use.
So many office chairs are uncomfortable, so get yourself a nice, ergonomic chair that you can stand to sit in for hours at a time. Additionally, get yourself a top-quality desk that fits your space well and has everything you need, from drawer space to the right height to fit your personal build and preferences.
Don’t shy away from putting up decorations. Don’t just go for the typical office motivational posters but put up stuff that you actually like the look of. Some people might put up some floral designs, while others might prefer a more old-style wood design.
Get your computer and monitor set up, and maybe even a phone charging station. For creative designers, have a drawing tablet set up that you can work with. You can even include amenities like a mini fridge that might not be directly related to work, but still make the place nice (and convenient) to work in.
The idea is for you to create an atmosphere that you really don’t mind spending time in, because if you hate your office space, you’re definitely going to lose your focus and stifle your creativity.
Technology and the tools we use to boost our productivity are usually discussed in tandem, and for good reason. Technological advancements have made productivity go through the roof, allowing people to communicate and work faster than ever before.
Choose your tools wisely in order to better focus while you’re working. For example, if you’re a graphic designer, and you use a tablet to do your work, such as an iPad, you’ll know that it’s not just a device for drawing and designing.
Rather, it can instantly access movies, TV shows, social media, and more. If you’re easily distracted, then you’re left with a tool that can instantly allow you to distract yourself, if you so choose.
If you can instead do your design work with the simple pencil and paper, and later on transfer it to your photo editing program of choice by scanning it, then you won’t be distracted during the creative design process.
The final touches of it can be done using technology, but all of the meat of it can be made without distractions with the bare essentials. Another example would be a writer using a laptop.
Sure, it has things like Word on it that you can use to work, but it of course has the internet, which can quickly suck you in if you’re not careful to avoid distractions.
In this case, writing out something long like a book or something would be a bit much to ask using paper and pen, but you could possibly have a separate work laptop, one that’s disconnected from the internet so that you don’t run the risk of getting distracted.
For example, someone who is new to Photoshop might be quite intimidated when they open it up and are presented with so many different options. You could spend hours upon hours going through all of the different options, settings, and tools in that program, but instead you need to focus on your work and be productive.
If a program of that calibre is intimidating and distracting, try using a more basic one that you can use to focus.
Having people to work with on creative projects can be both a blessing and a curse. While it’s true that others can provide you with additional insight and more inspiration than you originally had, it can also harm your creativity in two main ways.
If you’re no longer used to working on your own, you can become overly reliant on others to bring their ideas to the table so that you can adapt and mould them into your own.
Without your own sense of raw creativity, when you start to work on your own, you’re going to feel a little bit lost. What tends to be more common though, is other people’s ideas intruding on your own, and muddling your vision of your work.
It might seem a bit pretentious to claim that you work best on your own, because you don’t want other people’s ideas interfering, but sometimes it’s very true. If your vision isn’t complete when other people start to comment on it, it can veer you off from your original completed concept that would’ve been better than what they steered it towards.
Commentary and suggestions are welcome after the fact in order to adapt your idea to better suit your needs, but that should come after the initial draft, so to speak. It’d be like if you were writing something, and someone behind your back started throwing out words while you were mid-sentence.
One very common one is through social media. Posting work-in-progress items online opens up a floodgate to the masses, allowing them to throw in whatever off hand comments and critiques they might have, which can really get in your head and make you second guess yourself.
Another common way this happens is in person. While you’re working, people might walk by and make suggestions or criticisms, and while they may or may not mean well, it can still be very distracting and very frustrating to deal with.
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