Creativity is a muscle. And, like any muscle, it needs exercise. If you’re struggling to connect with your muse, consider this new workout plan. 

Whether you’re stumped on how to design your new aesthetic logo design, need inspiration for your next series of paintings, or have to work through your writer’s block, we’ve got 10 creativity exercises designed to target your core artistic muscles. 

1. Schedule a Block of Free Creative Time 

One of the most difficult times to be creative is when you're given a deadline to come up with a brilliant Idea. 

It's extremely hard to come to focus on brainstorming when your mind is just thinking about the little time that you have. For example: Rather than sitting around waiting and being dealt a deadline of creating a new design for a logo for a client and have it done by the end of the day. The added pressure can make it hard to get inspired. 

2. Try Scheduling Time Just To Be Creative

Think about creativity as a plant. It is not going to grow soon in a tiny box of pressure and deadlines, it needs space, time and regular treatment in order to flourish and to give its fruit! 

Here are some ideas that you can use in order to schedule your creativity needs to your routine: 

Set Priorities: It’s important to make time for things that are important to you, and prioritize the most important activities. Don’t have time to volunteer for the bake sale? That’s fine!

That main thing is that you have time to do the things that matter most, and that means putting you, and your family’s needs to the forefront. 

Block Out Time: At the beginning of each week, sit down and lay out your priorities for the week. Pick one or two creative projects you want to work on that week.

It’s important to ignore the desire to spread your time out among too many projects, and instead to focus on one or two projects at a time. If you are looking for high-quality work, you must focus all your energy on your primary tasks, and don’t be tempted to spread yourself too thin. 

Make Rules: It is often thought that discipline can ‘kill’ creative juices, and no one is arguing the spontaneous moments of creativity where all good ideas flow from –but discipline is also important for scheduling out time where you will be free to be spontaneous and creative. 

Keep Focused: Remember, creative work is a process, not a goal to accomplish, or to mark off the ‘to do’ list.

Focus on the process of being creative, and decide exactly what you hope to accomplish -you will be much happier with the end results.