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29 ways to stay creative

admin Sun, 11/04/2012 - 19:56

1. Make lists. Use an app like Paperless.

2. Carry a notebook everywhere. Moleskin has lots of sizes and designs for every need.

3. Try free writing. Read about the technique.

4. Get away from the computer. Take a short walk, do a few push-ups, sit-ups, office exercises or meditate if you have access to a quiet room.

5. Quit beating yourself up. Acknowledge the mistake, devise a plan to improve, take the fist step toward change, be content you've done what can be done.

6. Take breaks. Planned breaks are better than unavoidable drifts of attention. Take a drink, call an old friend, play a game on your phone, like Bad piggies.

7. Sing in the shower. Dance in your kitchen. Recite a poem to your friends at lunch. Creative expression of all kinds motivates your brain.

8. Drink coffee. Eat an apple. They both speed up your brain functions.

9. Listen to new music. Watch an-usual movie. Step out of your comfort zone.

10. Be open. Consider new ideas seriously.

11. Surround yourself with creative people. Get exposed to their ideas and ways of thinking about the world.

12. Get feedback. Be humble and learn from others. Get critique for your logos on Brands of the World.

13. Collaborate. Working with others can bring out the best in all of you. Competition and cooperation are both great motivators.

14. Don't give up. Remember Dr. Seuss was rejected 28 times by publishers before he became world famous.

15. Practice, practice, practice. Research shows you need to do a profession for 7 years in average to be best at it.

16. Allow yourself to make mistakes. You never know where they take you and how it will benefit you in the future.

17. Go somewhere new. Explore healthy limits in everything you do.

18. Count your blessings. Be grateful for what you have.

19. Get lots of rest. Remember you're not your best when you don't sleep enough.

20. Take risks. Steve Jobs said: "Let's make a dent in the universe."

21. Break the rules. Including the ones listed here.

22. Don't force it. Some things are just too hard and not worth the effort. Try a new perspective.

23. Read a page of the dictionary. Or play a dictionary based game like this one.

24. Create a framework. Get mundane must do things out of the way and make room for creativity.

25. Stop trying to be someone else's perfect. Create your own standards for yourself.

26. Got an idea? Write it down. Get it out of brain. Make room for more new ideas. Evernote is great for this purpose.

27. Clean your workspace. The cleaner your table is the harder your imagination will try to fill the void.

28. Have fun. Being relaxed about your job is the best way to be good at it.

29. Finish something. Get a quick feeling of satisfaction for completing a task.

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