Find balance, be inspiredPublished on 17 September 2018
I write my Sunday newsletters in advance and try to always stay a few weeks ahead of schedule. Having this buffer gives me some creative space, without the pressure of an approaching deadline. But for the past 2 weeks I have struggled for inspiration.
Between you and me, I just don’t have much to say at the moment.
While searching and clutching for inspiration I have been eating into my advance. It’s Wednesday and I have nothing written for this Sunday’s newsletter.
Inspiration. Please. Now.
My favourite sources of inspiration are the podcasts I listen to on my daily commute, the books and articles I read, or anytime Netflix rolls out a good new documentary. Like everyone living in this digital age, I consume a lot of information. Especially during my current creative lull. I’ve increased my information diet to saturation point. I’m reading, listening and watching more than ever but inspiration hasn’t arrived yet. I have nothing to share.
Inspiration can’t be forced in this way.
Inspiration, the feeling to do something creative, arrives when it is ready. 80% of the time you probably don’t feel inspired, but that’s okay. It’s important to continue to feed your imagination during this time. Keep reading; listening; watching. Take notes; ponder your ideas and don’t worry about creating a finished product. The key, and this is what I have been neglecting, is to set aside time where you restrict the incoming information flow and allow inspiration the space it needs to manifest itself.
I like the analogy of sowing seeds. To germinate a plant you first prepare an environment that it can grow in. Then you plant the seed. Next, you leave it completely alone. If the environment is correct the seed will grow without further interference. Overwater the seed and it will not grow.
Next time you are struggling for inspiration, ask yourself if you have the balance of incoming information and space for idea growth correct.