Creativity is the lifeblood of our economy. Without it, we wouldn’t have products like Twitter and Facebook, or even companies like Apple. So why does creativity seem to be on the decline?
Well, for one thing, there’s now more competition for our attention than ever before. Thanks to smartphones and social media sites like Instagram and YouTube, we’re constantly being bombarded with “content” that could distract us from creative thinking. But there are also other factors that inhibit creativity: physical environments that don’t foster it; people who don’t encourage it; not enough time…the list goes on!
Luckily though, there are ways around these roadblocks if you know where they lie so you can avoid them in the future.
5 Ways Your Environment is Killing Your Creativity
1. Your space is too cluttered and messy.
Clutter is a distraction. It can make you feel like your mind is cluttered and overwhelmed, which leads to stress, anxiety and even depression.
Messy spaces are also distracting because they make you feel out of control of your environment–like there’s no clear path through the clutter that will help you achieve what you want done or accomplished in that moment.
The more clutter you have, the less likely it is that you’ll be able to focus on what matters. Clutter can make it hard to find things, which means that you probably waste time looking for things when they are in fact right there in front of you. If your home is cluttered with stuff that doesn’t serve a purpose or bring joy into your life, then you should consider getting rid of some of it.
2. You don’t have enough natural light or fresh air.
You’ve probably heard that natural light and fresh air are good for you, but the benefits of these two things can go beyond just making you feel more awake or relaxed.
Natural light helps regulate your circadian rhythm (your body’s internal clock), which in turn affects how you feel throughout the day. If you’re spending most of your time indoors with poor lighting, this can throw off your circadian rhythm and leave you feeling groggy and tired–not exactly an ideal state for getting creative!
Fresh air also plays an important role in keeping us healthy: it helps clear out toxins from our bodies and even boosts creativity by improving blood flow throughout our brains. So make sure that both natural light AND fresh air are present in whatever workspace environment suits YOUR needs best.
3. You don’t have any privacy or alone time when you need it.
It’s important to get some alone time, whether that means going for a walk, reading a book or listening to your favorite music.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to take some time for yourself. When we’re constantly surrounded by people and noise, it’s easy to lose perspective on who we are and what we want out of life.
You need this time so that you can reflect on your life and goals–and then make adjustments accordingly.
4 . You don’t have room for inspiration to happen naturally around you on a daily basis.
The next step is to find inspiration in the places you spend your time. You don’t have to be surrounded by other creative people or artistic things, but it’s important to be surrounded by things that inspire you. If you work at a desk all day and don’t see anything inspiring, try putting up some pictures of a place that makes you feel creative (maybe it’s the beach) or get some flowers for your desk. Maybe even make an effort to walk around outside every once in a while during lunch break!
Whether it’s books or music or art supplies–whatever inspires us–we need opportunities for those things so they can become part of our daily routine.
5 . You don’t have any boundaries or limits in place for yourself when creating (especially if you’re working on something big).
In order for you to be successful, it’s important that you have set boundaries and limits when creating. If a project is too big, or if there are too many unknowns in the beginning, then it can be really hard to know where to begin.
You need to define success for yourself first before moving forward with any project or idea. What does success look like? How will I know when I’ve reached that point? Do I need help from others along the way? How do I let go of something once its done so another project can come into fruition without feeling like my ideas aren’t good enough or worth pursuing in some way shape or form? These are all questions that need answers before starting any creative endeavor because otherwise there will always be doubts floating around inside our heads while working on something new which ultimately leads us nowhere fast!
In order for you to be successful with anything, especially something new and creative, you need the right surroundings and environment around you as well as within yourself!
The first thing I want you to do is get a space where it’s just YOU. A place where there aren’t any distractions or other people around so that YOU can focus on YOU.
The second thing I want is for YOU to have a positive mindset when creating something new–or even trying something old again after taking time off from it. You need confidence in yourself because if not, then who else will? Believe me; no one else will believe in you like you believe in yourself!
Overall, it’s important to remember that your environment is going to play a huge role in creating new things. You need the right atmosphere around you in order for inspiration to happen naturally on a daily basis, and if there are any problems with that then it’s time to fix them! Whether it means cleaning up your space or creating boundaries within yourself. (Like not working on too many projects at once).
These tips can help bring back some creativity into your life so that nothing holds back your potential