Spring is here, the season of rebirth, after a slower season of stillness and preparation. You’re likely feeling a new sense of inspiration that you haven’t felt yet this year. With this new inspiration comes the perfect time to refresh your creative work — out with the old, in with the new. Here are 5 tips to get you started.
Revamp your workspace: In the same vein as spring cleaning, refreshing your office space is a great way to refresh your creative work. Go through all of the clutter that may have accumulated around your work space last year and file away any paperwork. Are you inspired by new designs or images? Refresh the space with new flowers, décor, or artwork that reflect the new season. The refreshed space will make your office feel like new and inspire you whenever you sit down to work.
Refresh your goals: If you made New Years Resolutions or goals for your creative work for the New Year, take a look at them again. You may have already achieved some of these goals, or some may not be applicable anymore. Maybe you need to break some goals down a little more. Refresh your goals so that they are in line with where you are now and where you want to be next season.
Refresh your social media presence, website, or brand: Take a look at all of your branding: your website, your social media, your portfolio. Does it reflect who you are now? Is your portfolio updated with your newest and best work? If not, it may be time to do an evaluation of your online presence. If necessary, try updating your headshots or create an editorial calendar to keep your brand on track this Spring.
Also, consider a Social Media Spring Clean. Are you following people who inspire you, or distract you? If it’s the latter, unfollow or mute them. Revamping your social media presence and brand can help you stay focused and make it easier for potential clients to find your most updated information.
Find new inspiration: Spring has an overall sense of newness to it, and your inspiration should reflect that. Pick up a book that has the potential to inspire you, whether you’re inspired by the person writing it or the subject matter. Try falling into a fiction story that’s so good it makes you want to write your own words. Take a walk outside and enjoy the new flowers. Visit your neighborhood pool and doodle. Whatever inspires you to create your best work, do lots of it.
Branch out creatively: Do something different within your creative field. Are you a portrait photographer? Try shooting still images this season. Are you a creative writer? Try writing something in a different genre. Whatever is it you do, exercise your creative muscles and branch out in a way that you aren’t used to. You may even find a new avenue that you love in the process.