The warm water rushes over you. You breathe in the steam and decompress from the day and when BAAAMM!
Your next blog post writes itself.
The narrative flows effortlessly in your mind.
You know the post would be a hit with your audience and you try desperately not to forget it before you’re able get to a pen and paper.
But once you’ve hastily toweled off, the words are gone.
This used to happen to me fairly regularly. My brain was in overdrive and it was during the quiet solitude of the shower that my mind opened to untapped thoughts.
But then those rushes of shower-induced creativity have slowed.
Not because I became less creative, but because I developed practices to channel that quiet, passive thought into times that didn’t involve personal hygiene.
And again, about a month ago, the fits of great-ideas-only-in-the-show came again. I was stumped – I thought I had conquered my blank space time conundrum.
I looked around for new strategies.
One coach who had the same issue simply said to take more showers. The part of me that cares about the environment didn’t like that recommendation much.
Another coach suggested to keep a few washable markers in the shower to write the ideas as they come. But that idea didn’t light me and felt like one more item to add to my ever-growing list.
So I refocused on the core of why the shower gets the inspiration going.
Here’s what I found:
- Block time on the schedule for intentional blank space.
For me, that is twice daily walks with Georgie and Leo. Yep, even when it’s hot and humid or the ground is snow covered and the air quite cold. Those walks are shorter but no less sweet for fanning the creative spark.
- Don’t rely on memory – take notes when needed.
Sometimes, I know I won’t be able to write as soon as an idea springs to mind. So I take notes, both on my phone and in my notebook, that leave just enough of the overall theme and structure to remind me when I go back to it at a later time. And typically, this small but important action takes no more than 5 minutes.
- Let the creativity flow and flow and flow like a river.
For the times when I get back from our walks and feel the words or idea there and know I have the time to commit to get it all out, I plunge full force into the creative abyss until I know the thought is out, whether furiously typing away, talking out my thoughts into my phone’s voice recorder or scribbling in a notebook.
I’m still getting back into my blank space practice. A few days in and there’s a noticeably huge difference in my ability to find the stillness.
And if all else fails and the rut is too deep to climb out of, there’s a trip to the store on the horizon for some markers.
What do you do to capture your best ideas? Tell me about it below. I cannot wait to hear your tips and strategies.