There are times when no matter what you do, you just feel stuck.
And not just stuck, but completely, utterly, eternally uninspired.
It feels like no matter what you do, nothing is working right. You may projects you are working on, but they are stalled out.
Or it just seems like every day is drudgery.
You would rather lay around and watch Netflix than be productive (which is okay now and then, but when it’s your fourth day in a row of doing that, it might be a problem…)
Been there, done that.
I have a trick that literally works every single time. No joke.
You might think I’m going to tell you to take a vacation. But nope, that’s not it.
Don’t get me wrong, a trip and a change of scenery is always good for inspiration – but you’ll just come home and it won’t last long.
No, the real way to get your creative juices flowing again is to declutter.
That’s right. It’s that easy.
It doesn’t matter what you declutter, it will clear out stagnant energy and allow new good things to come into your life.
I know, I know. It sounds really woo-woo, and a little hokey to claim that this is all you need, but it works. It really works.
Take a step back and look at your work space.
Is it piled with papers? As a creative, you likely have a messy office. Which is fine. But do you also have used up paints, broken pencils, and other stuff that is used up and just needs to be tossed? Ditch it.
And what about your closet? If you are hanging on to jeans that fit you 10 years ago, because this year you are going to lose that extra 20 lbs…give them away. If you haven’t worn something in the last year, do you really need to keep it? And what about that raggedy underwear you keep pulling on? DITCH IT.
Even clearing apps you don’t use out of your phone, or paring down your friends list will help.
Not sure where to start? I have a trick for that too.
Whichever thing I want to do the least – I do that first.
I’m usually resistant to it because it is going to be a big job – but it never actually takes as long as I think it will.
Oh, and this goes for clients that you are working with too.
A few years ago, I had a client that made my whole body clench up when I would get an email from her.
I knew if I replied, it would unleash a torrent, and I would have 5000 emails from her.
I was scared to dump her, because even though she wasn’t actually paying me much, I didn’t think I could afford to lose that income.
I had a chat with God about this, and the very clear answer was to break up with her.
I resisted it for two whole months, until I really couldn’t take it anymore.
I told her that this was our last month working together, and I went through with it.
The next month, I had the best month (money-wise) of all the years I’d been in business.
Clearing out the stagnation is the only way to allow new, good things to happen for you.
Don’t believe me? Just try it. Then come back and tell me how well it worked. 😉
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