Plan for inspiration
Often people I meet say they are waiting for a spark of creativity. That they need to get inspired first, before they can actually start creating. I believe it works the other way around. Don’t wait for inspiration to magically appear. Actively plan for it to happen. This requires some self discipline, but when you take the following advice to heart this will go much easier.
Do your home work
Inspiration doesn’t happen by accident. At least not a constant, abundant stream of creative mana. You need to do your homework. As mentioned before: preparation always pays off. Plan your creative proces to the best of your abilities. Get your facts straight. Set aside a time slot in your agenda to work without any distractions. And most importantly: know yourself. If you are an evening person, don’t torture yourself writing that important letter or creating that compelling proposal first thing in the morning. Be compassionate towards yourself, but also be strict!
Stick to a format
Templates work. Especially if you are following one which has proven to be successful. Don’t bother reinventing the wheel. Once something works – stick to it. Checklist can do wonders for providing inspiration. Especially on repetitive tasks. But also a killer presentation follows a standard format. Drawing the outline first — following a logical structure — helps you create those slides much more easily.
Trust the proces
Just start. Once you get into it, the creative juices start flowing. Trust the process. Remember: done is better than perfect. Trust yourself and your own creative abilities. Our brains want to resolve any challenge we present it with. Treat it as a game. However this is not something you do as a once-off. You need regular repetition. See this as a form of brain training. Also our thinking muscles need a work-out.
So, what do you do to plan your inspiration? Let me know in the comments below!