The following post was written by WeddingWire Education Expert Andy Ebon. Andy is the Founder of Wedding University and The Wedding Marketing Blog, and is an International Public Speaker, Writer and Consultant based in Las Vegas. Andy travels across North America and beyond, presenting to Associations, Wedding Industry Conferences, Regional Gatherings, and Local Meetings.
In the throes of the busy wedding season, it may seem like all you’re able to do is keep up with status quo; you prepare for one wedding, work the event, and then move on to the next. There’s often little time left to devote to creativity, which means you can start to feel like a weddings robot.
Few people can maintain creativity, but certain habits can rejuvenate you when you’ve fallen into a rut. Here are some solid ideas to keep you creative and inspired, even during the busiest of times:
Change your morning routine
If you are a creature of habit, change things up! Take a different route to your favorite coffee shop. Maybe pick a different copy shop. You’ll see and meet different people. Change your coffee order; pick a bagel instead of croissant. You know it’s time to do this, when your barista asks, “The usual?”
Don’t just work til you drop from exhaustion; take breaks. Set a timer for 60-90 minutes, then take a breather. Work in sprints. Take 20 minute breaks to refresh. Get out of the building, take a walk, read fiction, call an old friend, turn on some high-energy moving and dance for a few minutes. In short, shake yourself up, so you’ll look forward to the next task at hand.
Carry a notebook and a pen
Smart ideas, blog topics, and other creative thoughts hit you at random times. Don’t get caught short without a way to record those ideas. I like the process of letting the ink flow, but you might prefer dictation on your smartphone. Cool! How you save the ideas is not the key – just make sure to save them for future action.
Change your soundtrack
Listen to different radio station or music channel. Dig through old CDs and rediscover some of your music. Unclick your favorite, predictable playlist and randomize from your entire collection. Pick up some nature tracks like rain or ocean waves, and let them be this afternoon’s background.
Take a day off
Go to a concert for an unfamiliar band or game in a sport you may not follow (maybe hockey instead of baseball). Visit a museum, stroll through street fair, window shop in a part of town that’s off the beaten track. If you have the time, go somewhere new. Fly there, drive there, take the train; just get away. Both the excursion and the alternate setting are enough to jumpstart your brain.
Take a new class
Cooking, dancing, painting, pottery – any unfamiliar activity that sounds like fun. Grab a partner for this, and make it 3-4 session endeavor, not just a one night outing. Amuse yourselves with skills you didn’t know you have.
Clear your brain
Shut off your cell phone. Leave it home. Go to a double-feature at a specialty movie theater, eat junk food and popcorn. Allow yourself to be fully enveloped by the movies and forget anything that is weighing on you.
Working seven days a week is a sure path to burnout. Give your brain a break and plug in one of these suggestions to relight your creativity and inspiration!