29 Ways to Stay Creative—Part Two
by Jen White
I LOVE to see things that take BIG thoughts and break them down for LITTLE people like me. In this new series of blogposts, I am wanting to share and discuss an infographic I found called 29 Ways to Stay Creative by Islam Abudaoud. Because there is SO much fantastic information packed into one little graphic, I’m planning to split my series into five parts. Here is part two.
#6 Take Breaks
We talked a little about this in Part One of this series. Unless you are really on a roll, taking breaks in the creative process will have you looking at your work with a refreshed brain.
Here are a few things to try that work well for me:
- Take 15 minutes to declutter a room of your house.
- Fold a load of laundry.
- Walk 10 minutes down the road, then 10 minutes back.
#7 Sing in the Shower
Well, I will not include an audio file here. That’s good news for you because I cannot carry a tune to save my life. Nonetheless, I do LOVE to sing in the shower. I’ll admit, however, that I had no idea that singing helped me to be creative. I just thought it made me happy, and—depending on what I sing—it gets the focus of the day off ME.
Here are a few ideas:
- Crank up the music on your phone and set it on the sink.
- Get a waterproof radio or Bluetooth speaker.
- Belt out whatever is on your heart—my personal fav!
#8 Drink Coffee
I’m not much of a coffee gal, but a steamy cup of English Breakfast hot tea gets me going. In fact, when I’m creating, I’ve always got a cold sippy of water or a hot mug of tea sitting on my library table. (Those are occasionally accompanied by a light snack as well.)
Here’s part of my routine:
- Mix it up. Drink 8 oz. of water, then treat yourself with something flavorful. Repeat.
- Avoid the sugar—remember, what goes up must come down.
- Dark chocolate, ‘nuf said!
#9 Listen to Music
When you create, do you listen to music? I do. Silence makes me tired. My music of choice when I really need to concentrate is a mix of instrumental worship albums. If I’m working on a lighter project, I tend to want to crank up the volume and rattle the windows.
Here are a few things to try that have helped me:
- Experiment to see what types of music help your brain get moving.
- Add earbuds to drown out distracting noises.
- Take an occasional break from your project and just let the music soothe and refresh you.
#10 Be Open
The older I get, the more I have to fight against a natural tendency to just coast through life. I have to work hard at keeping my mind open to learning new things or changing my old ways of thinking. It takes time and energy to learn a new skill.
By giving yourself the gift of learning, you are also keeping your mind active and creative. I encourage you to be open to new experiences and ideas. It’s a win-win situation.
- Don’t shy away from software upgrades. They contain inspiring new features.
- Cameras are evolving at an alarming rate. Pick up a new one and take a class.
- Linda Sattgast is the perfect companion to learn digital scrapbooking with. Try a class today.
Tell me what you think. Do you do any of the above suggestions? How do you think they help you?
Author: Jen White | firstname.lastname@example.org
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