How changing the scenery can help you find your muse
"THE ART OF LIFE LIES IN A CONSTANT READJUSTMENT TO OUR SURROUNDINGS."
In order to keep your good ideas from become stagnant thoughts, it is sometimes necessary to change up the scenery. While it is great to have a place to get work done, going out and exploring new settings can help keep your ideas fresh and interesting.
A new setting
Creative Journal Day 1
I arrived at my desk with a head full of ideas that I am ready to work on. The new office is great; I am going to get a lot of work done here.
Creative Journal Day 3
I am making a ton of creative progress. Just love the office. Even eat my lunch here in case a new idea hits me.
Creative Journal Day 7
Can’t believe it has been a week! I love the way the office looks in the morning, so inspiring.
Creative Journal Day 14
Two Weeks down. The new desk has become as cluttered as my old one. I can say one thing; I am sure getting into the groove of things.
Creative Journal Day 65
I can’t get anything done in that dungeon that they call the office. I can no longer see over my desk. The thought of entering that hellhole every morning fills me with dread. Something needs to be done. I got a deadline coming up and no inspiration is coming to me.
Okay, before we go on reading Fictitious Creative Person’s journal, let us look at how place and routine figure into our creative process. Having a “go to” place for your creative work is a good thing, but sometimes settling into the routine of place can end up leading to creative stagnation.
Take the guy (or gal) writing this journal for example. Their new office seemed a like the ideal place for their creative juices to ferment and turn into some real vintage stuff. But after a while of the same old thing, the office turns into a dungeon and their tasty idea wine is in danger of turning sour. Thankfully, in the last entry, they seemed to realize that change was needed. Hopefully they set about making changes in their place and routine to save their project.
Let us skip ahead a bit and see.
Creative journal Day 100
Went to the park for lunch today and sat at bus stop. I never sat at a bus stop before, so I thought I would give it a try. I listened to an interesting conversation between two elderly women who were discussing coupons. It gave me a great idea for the project. I wonder what other ideas would come to me if I decided to actually ride the bus to work tomorrow?
Looks like fictitious creative person realized that they needed to change their routine up a bit and decided that a change of scenery was in order. By spending some time out of the office and exploring other places that they would normally eschew, FCP found new things out their waiting to inspire them and turned their creative mind juice into a vintage crop of new creative ideas.
Next time you are looking for your muse and cannot find in the same old places you once found it, try to change the setting and explore new places. By doing something different, such as attending a sporting event, or going to a tea garden to eat lunch, you open yourself up to be exposed to new thoughts and ideas that will help keep your muse fresh and tasty to the palate of your mind.