Research shows that creative people daydream more often. We’ve been told since we were little to pay attention, and stop day dreaming. But research suggests that it’s actually a big part of the creative process. Ever have an idea pop into your head out of nowhere while you’re grocery shopping, or walking the dog? Daydreaming can serve as a sort of incubation period for ideas that you didn’t even know your brain was forming!
Solitude is not a problem for me- I’m a happy introvert, and love time alone. But for some people, being alone for too long can cause those anxious feelings of “missing out”. If you find yourself bored, uninspired, with nothing to do- practice just being alone. This kind of goes back to the day-dreaming tip. Sometimes you need time to let your mind wander instead of jumping from one person to the next looking for entertainment in them. Slow down and enjoy your own company.
Maybe you’ve been alone day-dreaming all day, and you’re like, yeah? Now what? I want to do something productive today! Then get up and do something!
Here’s a list of things to get up and do right now:
- Do 10 jumping jacks
- Take your dog for a walk
- Teach your dog a new trick
- Go buy a dog
- Go take pictures of weird places in your town
- Call a friend and get ice cream during a snowstorm
- Call a friend, go to the bar, and day drink
- Write your SO a love note
- Buy some fresh flowers and photograph them
- Look up the meaning of flowers that you bought
- Make some jewelry
- Knit a coffee cup cozy
- Go to Starbucks and use your new coffee cup cozy
- Learn to do a new type of art
- Take a skillshare or Craftsy class
- Scrub your microwave- then call a friend to go to the bar and day drink
You get the idea…. there are always things to do
But, if in your heart you know that it’s just not going to happen today no matter what the internet tells you about being productive, then just take a damn nap. Tomorrow will happen and it will be awesome. Don’t worry.
Days like these happen to me a lot, and about 2 years ago I started to notice the pattern. These days always occur for me on rainy or cloudy days. On gray days I am sleepy, wistful, and fuzzy minded. Living in Ohio where we see only about 68-100 sunny days a year, this becomes a real problem, but identifying that pattern has helped me get over it (most days). Try to look at patterns that make you fuzzy- did you just eat a whole mess of Taco Bell? Maybe that’s why you feel like shit? (not judging here- I love a Nachos Bell Grande every now and again) Or maybe it’s just cloudy outside. You can’t control the weather, and yes, sometimes you can control your reaction to it. But if you just can’t today, then put your PJ’s on and read a book, blog, or take a nap. Your brain can do some great things while you sleep.
Start organizing your ideas for tomorrow. Make a pinterest board, make a list of blog posts you want to write, make a list of things you have to do around the house, make a grocery list with ingredients of recipes from your pinterest board. Even if the only thing on your list for tomorrow is “Make a list” then you will feel more comfortable letting go for the day, and probably wake up tomorrow ready to fill that list with all of your awesome ideas. I promise they’re in there- just not today!
No- seriously. It might not kick in today, but you will find some information that you can use later. Even if you’re not exactly in gung-ho work mode, your brain can still soak up information. Basically, our brains aren’t meant to work on our schedule all the time. They require some down time now and again.
This post is not meant to inspire you- today. It’s meant to tell you that it’s ok not to be inspired sometimes. It doesn’t mean that your brain is broken, or that you aren’t as creative as those who you admire. We all have these days, some people just don’t talk about it. Creativity requires a lot, and sometimes our brains just aren’t up to the task on a particular day. If you find yourself experiencing days like this very often, it might be a good idea to make some further assessments about things in your life that could be causing this fuzziess. But if it’s just one of those days where you’re just not feelin it, don’t beat yourself up. Take a nap, walk the dog, watch Downton Abbey. Today’s downtime can be tomorrow’s breakthrough.