34 Ways to Stay Creative

34 Ways to Stay Creative

A while back I was struggling with a creative impasse in my work.  I wasn't inspired by anything, and really wasn't motivated to do anything related to photography.  So I did what any self-respecting creative would do. I asked Google to help! What it gave me was a poster that listed 33 ways to stay creative!  I have no idea who created this nugget of amazing, or where it was originally posted; if you know, fill me in because this person deserves some major credit! This list helped me to get back on track.  Whenever I feel a slump happening, I read through the list and pick something to do and without fail, things start to turn around.

So now I'm sharing this awesomesauce with you, with the hope that it helps you through the tough times, and takes you to higher levels in your work.

Creativity list

Though, I would like to add a #34 to the list.

34:  When in doubt…DANCE!

 

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Great post! Much needed.

Hi, I am sure the list originates from this video: http://vimeo.com/24302498

I myself have written the list down, and it is sitting on my notice board right in front of my workspace. A great list!

Nice! :)

"4) Get away from the computer" should read "Stay off the internet."

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Cool article with lots of good ideas. Watching unusual (not necessarily foreign) films works a lot for me. People might also want to check out the Creative Whack Pack from Roger Von Oech. It's used by NASA and lots of others to get them to think differently about things.

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I've actually got the creative whack pack on my phone! (but forgot about it)
Thanks for reminding me!

plain text version if you want to print it:

33 ways to stay creative

1.
1 make lists

2.
Carry a notebook everywhere

3.
Try free writing

4.
Get away from the computer

5.
Be otherworldly

6.
Quit beating yourself up

7.
Take breaks

8.
Sing in the shower

9.
Drink coffee/tea

10.
Know your roots

11.
Listen to new music

12.
Be open

13.
Surround yourself with creative people

14.
Get feedback

15.
Collaborate

16.
Don't give up

17.
Practice. practice, practice

18.
Allow yourself to make mistakes

19.
Go somewhere new

20.
Watch foreign films

21.
Count your blessings

22.
Get lots of rest

23.
Take risks

24.
Break the rules

25.
Do more of what makes you happy

26.
Don't force it

27.
Read a page of the dictionary

28.
Create a framework

29.
Stop trying to be someone else's perfect

30.
Got an idea? write it down

31.
Clean your workspace

32.
Have fun

33.
Finish something