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29 ways to stay creative

Have you ever gotten your vehicle stuck? Maybe in the snow or mud. You know your stuck almost before it happens, this feeling of “oh no” what am I going to do…for most we think we can get ourselves unstuck. We gas the vehicle and turn the wheels, we rock it back and forth. And what ends up happening is we get ourselves stuck even worse. For most people getting stuck is the worst possible scenario. This is true also with creativity. Many times we hit a rut creatively and no matter how hard we try and push through we eventually succumb to the “creative dead zone”, a place of blank screens and doodles of 3d boxes. But how do we avoid this creative rut? I recently ran across a list of 29 ways to stay creative.

Today I want to pass on some tips and tricks to keep yourself fresh.

  1. Make lists
  2. Carry a notebook everywhere
  3. Try free writing
  4. Get away from the computer
  5. Quit beating yourself up
  6. Take breaks
  7. Sing in the shower
  8. Drink coffee (I couldn’t agree more, but I would like to re-word this to: “Drink good coffee”. In this day in age we have so many great roasters and coffee shops available to us. Read this article if you would like to learn How to choose good coffee . Two of my favorite coffee roasters and shops in Sioux Falls are Coffea and Black Sheep. If you live in the area be sure to go and get a cup of coffee.)
  9. Listen to new music (This for me is one of the greatest ways to be inspired. I will frequently go listen to the Billboard top 100 and listen to whats popular. This works best if you listen to music outside of your preferences (country, hip hop, folk, etc).
  10. Be open
  11. Surround yourself with creative people
  12. Get feedback (Feedback is great, but it depends on who you seek it from. Nothing is worse than getting feedback from someone who doesn’t understand your project and bases everything off of their preferences. The best feedback is from those who have a different perspective then yours but still understands the purpose of feedback.)
  13. Collaborate
  14. Don’t give up
  15. Practice
  16. Allow yourself to make mistakes
  17. Go somewhere new
  18. Count your blessings
  19. Get lot’s of rest
  20. Take risks
  21. Break rules
  22. Don’t force it
  23. Read a page out of the dictionary
  24. Create a framework
  25. Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect
  26. Got an idea…write it down (This is a fantastic practice. This is even easier today with the technology of iphones and droids and the thousands of apps available to write ideas, capture pics & videos. Do yourself a favor and start this today!)
  27. Clean your workspace
  28. Have fun
  29. Finish something

 

-Zach Bauer, 5J Design

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