How to Find Your Creative Sweet Spot

Not enough emphasis is put on how hard it is sometimes to get “in the zone” creatively. If you’re anything like me, that zone just happens at random times. Ideas rush in with complete disregard for other elements of my life. Driving in the car? Doesn’t matter. In a place where I absolutley cannot write anything down? Buh bye, ideas. Need to be sleeping and not writing 12 half blog posts? Creativity doesn’t care.

Finding your creative sweet spot is hard. Here are some tips of things I’ve found that have helped me get in the zone or adjust my schedule so that I can utilize my creative peaks wisely.

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Go With When Your Brain Is On

I’ve often wondered why some people are morning people and some people are night people. I hit my creative sweet spot around 11:15pm nightly. Why? Why can’t my creative juices flow at an hour that I don’t have to be sleeping? This somehow never happens on weekends either. No no, just weeknights. On weekends I inevitably feel no pressure to write and am therefore incapable of forming a coherent sentence.

So a couple of times a week, I give in. I enjoy the free flow of ideas and accept the fact that I’ll be a little tired the next day. Sure, I’d love this moment to come earlier in the evening but I haven’t figured out how to make that happen. For me, the key is just accepting that one or two days a week, I’ll get a lot done at a weird hour.

Keep a Notepad Handy

Try to document the creative idea you had AND the time you had it. You may find that at certain times of day you are inspired either because your brain is just on at that time or because whatever you do during that time of day brings out your creativity.

Turn the TV Off

I wonder what percent of bloggers blog (or do other creative tasks) with the TV on in the background. If you’re anything like me, it’s 90% of the time (or more). Blogging is one task where multi-tasking just isn’t to your benefit. So even if you mute it for commercials or give yourself a 30 minute technology time out (from the TV, that is), chances are those times will be your most productive. It’s amazing what silence can bring!

Pour Yourself a Drink

Now I’m not saying that in order to be a super creative person or successful blogger that you have to drink. That’s just not the case. Though researchers have found that being just a bit buzzed does help get your creative juices flowing and leads to more “aha moments”. You can read more about the University of Chicago study and its results here. But as many bloggers have said before: blog drunk, edit sober.

Try a Manual Task

Sometimes busying your hands helps calm your mind. For others, this can be some of the best and most creative thinking time. For instance, I’ve found that putting together lego sets (something I’m strangely fond of as an adult) or doodling really gets my gears turning. Some people do some really good creative thinking when cleaning. Keep your notebook handy and your hands busy.

Know That There is a Good Chance You Haven’t Hit Your Creative Peak Yet

According to one study, people don’t hit their creative peak until they have lived about 62% of their total life. Since my average reader is a twenty or thirty something, there’s a good chance that you have not hit your creative peak yet. It’s coming! Rejoice!

What do you do to get in your creative sweet spot?

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  • Love this! “Blog drunk, edit sober” is a hilarious mantra, and while I don’t often drink, I think it’s a great tip!
    Also I totally agree with doing a manual task to help creativity flow. I love cleaning and often get loads of creative thoughts while scrubbing the toilet or some dishes (ew, I know!) haha. I am also a huge doodler; if I have a block while I’m in the office, I just draw random things in my notebook until I’m out of the block. I’m sure my colleagues must think I’m weird…my teachers were never very impressed at school when you couldn’t see the work through my doodles in my schoolbooks! x
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  • Good tips! I’ve recently discovered that listening to jazz is super helpful for me. I’ve always known I do better with music on, but most other things are too distracting for me. A little light background jazz is just enough to fill that empty space and relax me.

  • I agree that not having distractions can be great for writing, but at the same time, forcing quiet time doesn’t always work. It also helps me to have a certain “spot” to go to when I’m blogging. For example, the couch or in bed doesn’t work for me because I just want to relax/be lazy – I usually sit at our computer desk at the window. Sitting up seems to keep me focused!

  • That last tip is so fascinating. I have often wondered if I won’t be able to write anything really good until I have experienced more of life (raised a family, etc.). I wondered if maybe that was just me making excuses, but that stat has given me hope!

  • Great tips! I find that I’m most creative when I’m well-rested and in my office with either a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, listening to music.

  • Great tips – turning off the tv is the biggest for me, once I have silence it’s like a tiny little blog ideas start popping to the surface and pretty much I go with it, I save everything to evernote!

  • Great article Nadine! I am totally a morning person and I am (unfortunately) completely incapable of getting any creative work done at night…if it’s not between the hours of 6am and 11am it simply isn’t happening!

  • Such great tips indeed, I have a small digital recorder which I use to record things I want to look into more or Tim snoring……………lol

  • LOL : “Blog drunk. Edit sober” – love it lol. Great post and tips. Definitely keeping this in my refer back to folder 😉

  • I started rewatching HIMYM recently so now it’s always on in the background. It’s actually amazing how much it is ruining my blogging productivity. I’m probably going to need to learn to turn it off before I open up WordPress.

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