5 ways to stay creative while working from home
Warning: Do try these at home.
Coronavirus entered our lives unexpectedly and altered everything on our daily routine. As a result, our minds lost their calm and their creativity, pushing straight away the big red panic button.
Creativity is a fluid in our bodies. If you want your creative juices to start flowing again, you will need stimulus.
Not the perfect, randomly generated stimulus that sparked your imagination before the quarantine.. In times like this, you have to re-create it by yourself. And this is how you can achieve it.
1. Keep parts of your daily routine untouched
Everything changed but… did it really? You still wake up at the same time, take a bath (hopefully), wear some clothes other than your pyjamas and sit, most probably, in front of a computer. If you’re not doing any of this, then you probably should.
Yes, our routine is annoying, but it has been deeply embedded in our bodies and our minds. Ultimately, creativity is an exercise full of automated connections, and these daily habits will certainly help you make them, even unconsciously.
Also, you look terrible in your pyjamas.
2. Read a book
Did I say one? My bad. Read tons of books you uneducated piece of… Ok, maybe I overdid it. But I’m safe because you can’t leave your house and hurt me. That’s the whole point.
Now that your body and eyes are locked inside four walls, your mind desperately needs to visit galaxies far far away, to discover new words, new worlds, and new ideas.
Movies and shows are also lovely for all these things, but they are more… snack-able. You need to work on the “creating images and thoughts” department.
Again, it’s like an exercise. And this quarantine is the perfect opportunity to master it.
3. See some people
People are awesome. Technology is also awesome. During this quarantine, you can combine them and get some cute, laggy faces, smiling through little windows on the screen.
For example, our team at jetdrops felt the need to hang out just a few hours after the first day of the quarantine. So we planned two weekly calls just to see and inspire each other with our ugly personalities.
It’s now more apparent than ever. When it comes to creativity, human connection is a super-power that doesn’t even try to be one. This is why it’s so unbelievably effective.
4. See some light and keep exercising
Your body needs light and some physical exercise to keep operating and maintain a regular sleep cycle. Before the quarantine, you were walking to the office, going up and down some stairs, or even hitting the gym.
Now, you are locked in 4 walls and you don’t move at all.
Well, you have to. Vitamin D combined with some exercise, is an excellent stimulant that it will keep your body busy and your mind sane. You can walk your dog, or you can beg your cat to take a walk with you. You can even sit next to your window and do some yoga (there are thousands of YouTube videos).
Once you are done with these, you can always sit in your balcony, pour a beer and Skype a friend.Or, you know, you can go back to your cave.
Either way, the mission is accomplished if you got your Vitamin D fix.
5. Find a new indoor hobby
Painting? Writing? An online class about music?
Everything that makes your mind go “Oh, I don’t even care I’m at home, this is awesome” is a perfect fit.
As mentioned earlier, our digital world is flooded with tutorials for literally everything. Just think about something it would be cool to know, and a random kind internet guy is already there to teach you some basics.
Deep down, creativity is about being connected with you and with the world around you on many different levels. Thanks to the quarantine, we can finally see the digital connection offered from our technology as the useful tool it truly is, and less like a reason to efficiently fight with people kilometres away.
We are humans, after all.We adapt, we improvise, we overcome.
Let’s embrace this situation to better discover ourselves and everything that makes us such unique and creative creatures.
* This article was written by John Margaronis, our handsome copywriter.
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