It can be difficult to tap into your creative juices when you’re swamped with assignments, readings, and approaching due dates all at once. Sometimes, you just have to get your work done in a timely manner rather than focusing on how to make it your best work. Whether it’s writing an essay or script, working on an assignment or presentation, we all use our creativity to produce something unique and different, to push ourselves towards more unconventional ways of thinking, resulting in a final product we can be proud of. No matter what program you’re in, we could all benefit from a more free-flowing sense of creative expression that will allow us to be more interested in the work we’re doing! Here’s what you can do to ensure you maximize your creative capacity.
Allow yourself to be inspired
Creative ideas are never perfectly original; they’re all inspired by other ideas that grow in our minds into something unique. Sometimes you have to go in search of ways to inspire your thoughts. This can be by researching material that interests you, absorbing different forms of art, and recognizing what you like about other creative work and applying those principles to your own work.
Give yourself loose deadlines
I don’t know about you, but I find it harder to be creative when I’m under pressure from an upcoming due date. Sometimes it can help me get the job done faster, but I’ll usually feel restricted and not be able to think of my best ideas under time constraints. It’s extremely helpful to remove these deadlines by giving yourself time to just enjoy the creative process and brainstorm ideas. Coming up with a unique and creative idea for your assignment will often require space to throw out ideas (both good and bad) without pressure to get it done quickly.
Know when to shut off your brain
Having to use your creativity on a regular basis can burn you out quickly. I’ve encountered many situations where I simply couldn’t use my brain anymore after working on a project for an extended period of time. Knowing when to step away and distract your mind from a particularly difficult problem will give you the energy you need to go back to it later with a refreshed outlook!
Get used to criticism
I’ve had to produce a lot of creative work this year and receive feedback on it from my peers. While it can be scary at first to share something so close to you, being able to separate your feelings on the product and listen to constructive criticism will only make you better. And once you’re comfortable sharing your creativity with others, it becomes easier to collaborate and collectively enjoy each other’s work without fear of failure or rejection.
One of the best things about going to Ryerson is getting to use your creativity in everything that you do. As long as you don’t take yourself or your work too seriously, you’ll allow yourself to continue growing and improving as a creative thinker and be happy with what you create!