29 Ways to Stay Creative—Part Four
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 four.
#14 Don’t Give Up
Ok, I’d like to see a show of hands. How many of you have started a scrapbooking class or project and didn’t finish it? I have both of my hands up.
• Sometimes I give up simply because the task is too big. In that case, I make a checklist to split the task into much smaller chunks.
• Other times I give up because I get stumped. I just don’t know how to proceed. Here’s a lightbulb moment—ask for help!
• And, then here’s the biggie. I give up due to boredom or feeling alone in my project. That’s what forums and galleries are for. It’s like a party for like-minded people. Ask someone to hold you accountable and do the same for them.
#15 Practice, Practice, Practice
In the creative world, I sometimes feel like a fish out of water. And I’ll bet you sometimes do as well. But I could easily gather a bazillion testimonies from people who would say their skill and confidence was increased with just one simple thing—practice. Here are a few things to think on:
• Set a goal. Put aside 10–15 minutes a day to practice a skill or participate in a self-paced class.
• Spend your Sunday afternoon scraplifting a standout from the gallery. As I’ve said before, scraplifting is an excellent way to hone your skills.
• Practice isn’t always “doing.” Try spending a little time reviewing past video tutorials. You’ll find that you really knew more than you thought you did—you just forgot. Review these free video tutorials.
#16 Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes
Repeat to yourself, “I am not perfect.” Now, turn to the nearest person and say, “You are not perfect.” If you think you’re perfect, get over your bad self. You’re not. We all make mistakes.
One of my favorite things to do is call up a girlfriend and say, “Need a good laugh? Guess what stooopid thing I did today.” Come on! Laugh at yourself! Sitting and pouting over spilled milk will only harbor discouragement. Period.
#17 Go Somewhere New
I spend a lot of time in my home office, which is also my creative space. Maybe you do, too. Sometimes all I need to stay fresh or relieve burnout is a new view. This is what helps me:
• I pull out my dusty laptop (I really only use it when I travel) and go mobile. I’ll take up temporary residence in a different room of the house or drive down to my favorite coffee shop—ohhh ya, I LOVE to people watch!
• Rearrange the furniture in your creative space. This gets me going every time!
#18 Count Your Blessings
A thankful heart is a happy heart.
• Send a quick note to someone telling them why they’ve blessed your day. It’s a win-win situation.
• Keep track. How many times a day do you say, “thank you?” Try to increase it over time.
• Give back. Any selfless act of kindness will return to you ten-fold.
#19 Get Lots of Rest
My girlfriends know not to call or expect me out of bed before eleven. Yes, you heard me right. That’s 11:00 AM—as in, almost noon. In order to function at a high level of creativity day in and day out, I have to have my sleep. Maybe you are like that, too? Here are a few tricks I’ve found that help me:
• Don’t take your smartphone or tablet to bed. Busy brains don’t go to sleep.
• Back away from the computer at least one hour before bedtime. Eeek. That’s hard!
• Set boundaries for yourself and those around you.
#20 Take Risks
When’s the last time you said to yourself, “Awe heck, why not!?” I’m not talking about jumping off a cliff. I mean taking a risk on things that take you slightly (or even a lot) out of your comfort zone . . . although I guess cliff jumping does quality for this!
• Start sharing your work in a creative gallery. I know it contains a high level of vulnerability but doing so will put wind in your sails.
• Join a creative team. We take applicants twice a year, so keep an eye on our newsletter for details.
#21 Break the Rules
Now, don’t go running red lights or anything, but some rules are just begging to be broken, aren’t they? And there’s at least one exception to every rule, right?
In the creative world, rules are more like guidelines. Start trotting down the little blue path until you spot a bunny trail. Now run for it before anyone calls you back sighting insubordination.
• Start with a rule (more like a guideline) for digital scrapbooking. See if you can find the exception to that rule. There’s always going to be one and being a rebel once in a while is kinda fun!! For example, remember when I told you not to add shadows to text layers? Can you find an example of when doing so would be considered okay?
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