April 8, 2014

Generating Ideas in a Funk


There have been a couple of times that I have felt like I was completely out of ideas. Imagine how I felt in that moment, highly concerned. Those moments usually come after a time of intense work or a difficult creative project. It's kind of like my brain just won't fire. Luckily those times are usually followed by some down time and it's during that time I figure out that I'm more apt to generate ideas when I provide myself restful circumstances. So, if you've found yourself in an idea funk, try some of these.

Tips for Generating Ideas

Rest: It's so important for your brain to rest. It's during times of rest that I'm usually able to generate ideas. And by rest I mean sitting down or laying down and doing nothing. Literally, no music, no TV, nothing. If my brain is constantly forced to process information it doesn't always have time to generate ideas.

Break your routine: I can usually tell when I'm getting mentally restless. I'm unable to focus, I'm unable to piece together ideas; days like that are frustrating. It's during those times when I know I need to break out of my routine and do something different.

Do something creative: This one seemed kind of odd. But I've noticed usually when I break my routine I'll break into something creative. Not something challenging creative, but something that is a little mindless that allows me to work with my hands. If you love cooking and can do it without thinking too hard that is the perfect thing. If you love to paint and can effortlessly relax as you put paint on a canvas, do that. Don't think, just do.

Go somewhere new: Sometimes going somewhere new, even if it's just going on a walk or checking out the new coffee shop, will help stimulate your brain. And hopefully while your out you'll see something that inspires you.


What are ways you generate ideas in a funk? What would you add to this list?
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31 comments:

  1. Yep, yep, and yep! I'll also add: read a (nonfiction) book. Challenging your brain with new ideas or new perspectives usually gets things moving again.

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    1. Great idea! I hadn't even thought of that! Words are tough for me, but I love challenging my brain with visual content.

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  2. Great post! I've definitely been struggling through ideas for my blog recently, mostly due to the fact that it has dropped on my priority list quite a bit (our first baby is due on Sunday.)

    For me, what has helped recently, is to try to get a lot of ideas going when I do have them, and then hopefully the thoughts and creativity will come back when I re-visit started posts and can schedule them so no one else notices how out of the loop I am!

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    1. Wow! Congrats on your baby! That's so exciting! And your so close too! That's a great idea. Usually when I have a stream of ideas I write them all down and then sit for a while to see if my brain comes up with anymore.

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  3. my ideas come best in the bath! You should see what I'm currently in the process of building for my tub so I can write/blog in the bath tub!

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    1. Blogging in the bath tub! That basically sounds amazing! like crazy amazing! I want to see the blogging bath tub!

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  4. I definitely feel like cooking is usually the "brain rest" that I need and usually refreshes me! I can't think of much besides the recipe and steps while I'm cooking, so it's a great way to recharge!

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    1. That's awesome! I know a couple of people who can do that with cooking, I love that you are one of them! Sewing does that for me sometimes, especially when all I have to do is cut fabric.

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    1. I did! I had it cute when I was in Joplin. I think it might be the last "short" hair cute and I might start growing it out again!

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  6. Great advice and nice pictures! And.... did you cut your hair?

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    1. Thank you! I did! I thought I would try a little something different before it starts to grow out again!

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    2. It looks great on you, I love it.

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  7. These are beautiful photos, and great advice to get out of a funk!
    I love that you used that phrase...because my Grandma always used to say that as well! It was really cute!

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    1. That's awesome! Glad we have that in common! :) Thank you for your sweet words. Tyler takes all the photos that I'm.

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  8. For me? I take a break. (Hence, no post since Friday!) I don't let it bother me and I don't allow myself to be consumed with a project or a self imposed deadline. Because quality over quantity is important to me, I force myself to step away for a little so that I don't churn out something that isn't any good.

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    1. That is so important. Quality over quantity. That is one reason why I cut out all my social media after work hours. It was so easy to keep checking email and stuff after my "work" day was over, it was becoming to much.

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  9. I get into these funks a lot, too! You're spot-on on everything! My number one is resting...hands down. I do things that relax me. I pray, meditate, and breathe! Great post!

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    1. Resting is so helpful to me too! Sometimes I'll just stop what I'm doing and go lay down so my brain can rest.

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  10. This is a great list! I find sometimes perusing Pinterest helps, as long as I'm looking for ideas and not getting sucked into the inner vortex of Pinterest.

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    1. Totally getcha! Pinterest can be pretty mindless, especially if I'm just looking at all the pretty pictures. :)

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  11. I usually just go wander around with my camera. The best is walking through a town of some kind. I don't know. It's my thing. Ha!

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    1. That's a great idea! I would love to do that. I miss driving around in the country back in my hometown. That was always nice. We don't really have country drives here.

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  12. Love this list! Creating is definitely my go-to, whether that be cooking, crafting, drawing or even just making a new cover photo. And if that doesn't help get the ideas flowing, I can always use what I created to make a new blog post!

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    1. That's a great idea! My brain always seems to generate ideas best when I lay down and rest. It's kind of like everything just melts away and my brain can think again.

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  13. Love your ideas - especially going somewhere new! That one really helps me - especially exploring either a new coffee shop or a new outdoor spot :) Also, love your pictures!

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    1. Coffee shops are the best! They have to best smell!

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  14. Hey there! I stopped over from the Jack of All Trades link-up :) Great post here full of ideas. Whenever I feel stumped for creativity / writing, I always explore somewhere new. Even if the place itself isn't inspiring, getting out of the rut is!

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    1. Absolutely! Going somewhere new or just getting out is so refreshing and great at sparking new ideas!

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  15. What great (and practical!) ideas! I honestly feel like I get blogger's block more often than not and will definitely keep these tips in mind the next time that happens! :)

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    1. I totally hope it helps. There was one time that I got really concerned because I had one of those, "omgosh, I have zero ideas!" moments. I've noticed the more ideas I try and write down the more that come, even I end up not using all the ideas.

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