We all know what it's like to stare at your computer screen or a blank sketchbook for hours. Your creativity is nowhere to be found, just like that high school sweetheart who so cruelly dumped you right before the prom.
So how do you maintain a healthy relationship with our creativity? How do you stay inspired? Here's a few suggestions for blowing the cobwebs away.
01. Take a trip
Think of a place you always wanted to go, grab your passport and get on a plane. Go on an adventure, explore, get lost in translation. There's nothing more exciting than the unknown. And it's just the sort of challenge that's at the core of all our inspirations.
If you simply can't get away, check out our list of 25 design landmarks you have to see before you die (opens in new tab) for a blast of extra inspiration.
02. Find a muse
Think of someone who represents the ultimate in coolness and creativity to you. For Andy Warhol this was Edie Sedgwick, for Tarantino it's Uma Thurman, for every second startup founder it's Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg.
That said, a muse doesn't have to be a person. It might as well be anything from a fashion trend from the '50s to monochrome designs. Go figure what gets you in the mood!
03. Surround yourself with creative people
Staying inspired has a lot to do with finding people that have similar goals. Make sure that the people you surround yourself with are the ones that inspire you and don't kill your ideas. (And don't kill theirs, either!)
04. Use inspiration-gathering apps
The web is big and amazing. It's an enormous jungle, with inspiration growing on trees, whether that's super neat typography, DIY tutorials or French electro tunes.
Harnessing that inspiration is all about figuring out what tools work for you and your creativeness. So use tools like Evernote (opens in new tab) to take notes, Dragdis (opens in new tab) to collect your visual inspirations and Soundcloud (opens in new tab) to make music playlists.
05. Take baby steps
For a millennial like me, it's kind of hard to come around this idea. Many of us grew up with this 'dream-big-or-go-home' attitude. So we expect our inspirations to come flooding like teenage girls to One Direction gigs – and when they don't show up we are left disappointed. Instead, concentrate on one task at a time. Focus on today only. Just get going.
06. Get yourself time to dream
It's important not to overthink your creative ideas - stick to what you feel. And that means you have to make sure that you have plenty of time to daydream in your life.
Walks are good. Long train rides are even better. Focus on acting upon your ideas rather than analyzing them. Read our Designer's guide to getting a life (opens in new tab) for more ideas.
Words: Danutė Rasimavičiūtė