The flowers are blooming. The grass is getting greener. Temperatures are warming up. It seems like it should be a great time to get inspired to create something new, right? I think so too. But lately, and really for the past three months, I’ve been in a creative rut. This is hard to admit considering creating new stuff is supposed to be my job! With no craft shows on my schedule right now, it’s been hard to get motivated to come up with new product designs. I’ll have ideas pop up in my head from time to time, but I never end up following through with them. Honestly, I’ve been pretty lazy, and it’s time to get back on track and get out of this rut.
Here’s how I’m going to do it!
1. Clean up my workspace
I am a messy worker. When I’m deep in orders or prepping stuff for a craft show, I’m not too worried about keeping a tidy workspace. So I’m typically left with a disaster that is certainly uninspiring. However, an organized space that’s free of clutter always gets me excited to start working again (and trashing it again).
2. Start drawing!
Even if I don’t have a solid idea, just putting pencil to paper, or Wacom pen to tablet always helps get the juices flowing. I will sometimes get an idea I think might be dumb, but just getting it out on paper helps me work out a solution to turn it in to something cool.
3. Look back through old ideas
I have plenty of designs that I started and stopped, or ones that I made 7 years ago that could use a refresh. I don’t have to invent something new, just sharpen up some old ones! Or maybe I’ll get an idea to add to a collection I previously started.
4. Perhaps take some of those “you should make” ideas into consideration.
You know the ones. The unsolicited advice from family, friends, neighbors, strangers, etc. I always have people giving me opinions on what I should make, whether I want to hear it or not, haha. Some suggestions I have followed through with, and they were a hit! But most of the time, I like to come up with my own ideas. But, sometimes you have to swallow your pride and realize that maybe those suggestions aren’t such a bad idea. Take those ideas and spin them to add your own personal touch. It could be the next big thing!
5. Set a deadline for a product launch.
When I don’t have an event coming up, it can seem pointless to come up with a new product. It seems that my new products do best at in-person events. But, I am going to pretend I have a show coming up and set a date on my calendar to have a new product out by then. It will get me excited to show everyone what I have come up with!
Just remember, you can’t force creativity. Some days, weeks, months are just going to be blah. But when you do get your mojo back, because you will, it’s gonna be great!