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  1. CREATIVE SPARKS CLUB

    We all need a creative boost from time to time, whether it's ideas overload or being totally fed up with a project as you feel you're not making progress. Here are 10  of my favourite super quick ways to recharge your creativity!

    10 WAYS TO RECHARGE YOUR CREATIVITY

    1. Go for a walk. It doesn't have to be a 26 mile hike, just grab to dog and walk around the block or the local park, maybe have a wander to your local shops or walk round to a friends house for a cuppa and a chat (even better if it's a creative friend as you'll start bouncing ideas off each other)

    2. Work somewhere different, this can be very effective if you work from home and spend most of your day wearing pyjamas and talking to your dog or cat (ask me how I know) I favour the local coffee shop, not only do they do delicious Hot Chocolate & Coffee, the cake is great too, and cake is great for creativity.

    3. Meditate. It may sound a bit woowoo but tuning out the mental chatter for 5-10 minutes is great for refocusing your attention. If you have no idea where to start have a look on Youtube or check out the Headspace or Calm apps for your phone, they both have free basic versions to get you started.

    4. Read a good book.

    10 WAYS TO RECHARGE YOUR CREATIVITY

    5. Play your favourite song - loud! You could also set up a motivational playlist on Spotify.

    6. Make a list of goals.

    7. Draw or doodle.

    SKETCHES ON DESK IN STUDIO

    8. Write a letter to a friend, to your nana, to future you or teenage you.

    9. Bake a cake. (For best results, share cake with friends)

    10. Go on a cleaning spree! I have absolutely no idea how this works but it really does, it's amazing how many creative ideas pop into your head whilst you're scrubbing the bath.

    Do you know The Creative Sparks Club has a community group over on Facebook? If you're a creative indie business owner come on over and say hi. We're all about helping creative business owners stay creative whilst dealing with the business side of business. Just click here to come & join us.

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  2. MAILCHIMP HEADER

    At some point we've all done it & probably 99% of us will do it again at some point. We've become trapped in our quest for perfection, we cannot move forward as nothing we do will be good enough. Ever. Whether it's the perfectly written blog post, or the perfectly balanced design, even just the perfectly coiffed eyebrows. Elizabeth Gilbert said it brilliantly "In any event, perfection is unachieveable. It's a myth, it's a trap and a hamster wheel that will run you to death."

    Most recently I was putting together an email series for Claire Salisbury Studios, and it was taking way longer than it should of done, hours longer than it should have done. I was getting quite frustrated and ready to give up my quest to write the perfect emails.

    Then I had the AHA! moment, there was a roll of thunder, a flash of super white lightning & possibly a choir of angels singing somewhere in the background. A loud voice boomed in my head "Done is better than perfect!"

    DONE IS BETTER THAN PERFECT

    All of a sudden inspiration hit and I had to write it down immediately before I forgot an all I had to hand was a cardboard carton from a box of Toffifee

    SPARKS _ PERFECTION

    It was a proper facepalm moment, but I have to admit that I did feel the pressure of having to create the most perfect emails with the most perfect photos lifted as the realisation that "done is better than perfect" really sank in.

    So many times I've said this to my creative or indie business friends when they're unsure about doing something new "just get it out there, then tweak it" When you think about it, it really is the most sensible thing to do, if you're waiting for perfection, you'll be waiting a long time. But not once have I ever said this to myself!

    IF YOURE WAITING FOR PERFECT

    So I made a cup of tea and went back to working on email writing. It isn't perfect, but, it was done, it is colourful and I'm happy with that!

    Do you find yourself becoming overwhelmed, overthinking everything and doubting yourself when you're trying to get something just right? How do you deal with it?

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