How to get your creativity back

Sometimes you feel like a wrung-out sponge. No more ideas, no more creative energy, no more inspiration.

That sucks.

Here are some ways to get the creativity back, from Geoff Livingston’s blog, at 15 Ways to Restore Your Creativity:


  1. Take a Vacation
  2. Explore a Different Creative Path
  3. Meditate
  4. Go to a Live Event
  5. Watch a Movie
  6. Hike in Some Place of Natural Beauty
  7. Take a Nap
  8. Watch the Sun Rise or Set
  9. Journal
  10. Play with Your Kids (if you have them)
  11. Admire Someone Else’s Work
  12. Visit a Museum
  13. Play a Game
  14. Work Out
  15. Enjoy Time with Your Partner

Here are a few more that work for me:


  • Do your work in a café.
  • Take a walk.
  • Go home by a less efficient route.
  • Memorize something.
  • Read, listen to, or watch something funny.
  • Read, listen to, or watch something inspiring.


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