Oh August. End of the summer, when we should all be on vacation. Having spoken with several of my creative friends from writers to designers, we seem to have all caught a bad case of what I like to refer to as August ennui. So how to stave off this uninspiring apathy? Here are my top five ways to get back on track; no huge revelations, but some methods to pull oneself out of the mental chains and get back on a stimulated, productive track:
1. Get away from your computer and take a walk. Yep, just get on outside. Try walking around a neighborhood you don't frequent, like (for me) Hell's Kitchen or Lower Manhattan. A change in scenery can really get the juices flowing. Seeing new building scales, colorful signage, or even just fascinating people helps me think with a fresh mind. If possible a trip outside NYC to take in some greenery is always good. I have some clients in Westchester County and find that a quick visit to Stone Barns gets me thinking about color combinations and unusual textures one might not find within our beloved concrete jungle.
2. See a movie. So simple, so easy, and yours for the bargain price of $13. Try something you might not think you'd like, and don't fall back on rom coms or summer action movies. Documentary! Art flick! Think different and just do it.
3. Have a drink. Outside. Let's face it, booze inspires.
4. Try something you haven't. For example, I have always wanted to try the trapeze contraption on the West Side Highway. Or paddle-boating in the harbor. Something that is only possible in the heat of this godforsaken month, but that makes you feel alive and invigorated.
5. Think forward. Fall is just around the corner. Picture yourself wearing a cute polka dot sweater and a latte in hand (hello, you yuppie) and how you have this whole amazing season almost upon you. I find autumn is the most productive of seasons... it's probably that back to school mentality, but I always kick it into high gear when temperatures start dropping.
Hang in there. This too shall pass. And remember, it's still summer, the end of one crazy summer. Live it up!