How changing your surroundings can help you find your muse
If you life has become like a situation sitcom and you find yourself staring at the same faces , places and spaces day after day after day, then the time has come to change your surroundings. This can open up new perspective and bring new and different creative ideas out.
Break free of the sitcom settings
Sometimes life can be like one of those sitcoms that takes place on the same set every single episode. You know the type of show I am talking about. The show where the premise never really moves beyond the basic set, keeping the characters on the same bar stool, the same couch, or in the same cubicle week after week, or even day after day if it is in syndication. At least these sitcoms have excuses like production cost and time constraints that keep their characters treading and retreading the same territory each and every episode.
What is your excuse?
Do you find yourself waking up and staring out the same window each and every morning, or eating your breakfast from the same cereal bowl and drinking you coffee from the same coffee mug while sitting on the same chair at the same table day after day after day, as if your morning ritual was the opening credits to a classic sitcom? Do you find yourself traveling down the same roads, and then shuffling into the exact same cubicle to work on your latest project while staring at the same old Dilbert cartoon that you tacked to your wall three years ago?
If your life has become like one of these sitcoms that fails to change its setting and scenery from time to time, do not be surprised if your creative spirit has become stagnant. Just like how television shows need to change their location once in a while and put their characters in new and exciting locations in order to recapture the interest of the viewers, you could also stand for an occasional change in your own surrounding to reawaken the interest of your muse and once again bring newfound enthusiasm and inspiration to your creative projects.
Here are some examples of how you can help your creativity by breaking free of the sitcom settings.
Do some work in the libraryInstead of trying to make creativity happen in the same room where you watch television or eat your meals, try changing up the scenery a bit by going over to the local library to work on your project. This different setting might help you concentrate better on the task at hand as you ensconce yourself in the studious peace and quiet that the library offers. You might gain more creative insight as you browse the books and periodicals or come up with a fresh new perspective by paying attention to the different people who make use of the library.
Find a new breakfast nookWe all have our favorite coffee shop or diner that we like to start our day in; that special place where the server knows exactly how you like your coffee and eggs. However, if you are looking to gain a new perspective on the day, you might want to try switching up your morning ritual and having your breakfast in a new untried location. Going to a different diner or café to start your day will introduce new sights and new people which can then give you fresh ideas and perspectives which can help pull you out of a creative bind.
Go somewhere else for happy hourWhile Norm in the gang might miss you, going somewhere else to celebrate the end of the work day might help bring you fresh new creative perspective that you can then take to the project that is waiting for you at home.