As a graphic designer, the demand to be constantly creative can be really draining at times. Luckily, I found some ways that keep me on top of my game and in the zone. Hopefully they will do the same for you!
First thing’s first, get your good ol’ traditional juices flowing. Before we had the Internet and Word, we had books and pencils — right? The best way to stimulate your brain and generate ideas is to write without any restrictions. So don’t limit your creativity to your computer screen; jot down ideas on a pad of paper whenever they come to you. Even writing down silly or insane ideas will still help your mind stay creative. So even if it’s lyrics to a sick beat you hear on the street, or a toilet publication, write it down!
I Workout! If You Don’t, Start
You’re stuck in a semi-comfy chair for eight hours and you slightly forgot how to use your legs. Sound familiar? It’s easy to come home after a long day of working out your brain, but don’t forget about your body. Be sure to make time in your busy schedule to stay active and keep your blood flowing. This way, your mind will feel more refreshed and ready when you use it next!
Stay Gold, Pony Person
Remember the days when you were a kid? When your mind was so genuinely curious, joyful and open! It’s important to keep traits like these in adulthood. Just remind yourself to step back from the “real world” sometimes and view it again with a kidlike perspective.
“The creative adult is a child who has survived.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
Give It a Rest
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the one million things you need to get done before 2 o’clock, but give your brain a rest after you finish the first thousand tasks. Walk away from the computer, close your eyes for a couple of minutes or just have a simple conversation with the person next to you. Stepping away for a minute will let your brain relax, and it will help you form new thoughts and ideas.
Make Good Habits, Other than brushing your teeth
Having good habits is a great way to boost creativity. As humans, we can easily fall into routine with everyday bad habits like our technology, snacking, or spending money almost unconsciously. By adopting good productive habits, completing tasks even when you don’t want to do them will be easier for you — including creative ones.
When you’re hurting for a graphic idea or having writer’s block, being creative can seem impossible. Hopefully, these tactics can help your brain stay awake, alert, and open-minded. By manifesting and maintaining this state of mind, creative ideas will come naturally.
What are some ways that help you maintain productivity & the creative process?
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Featured Photo, Phoenix. StringCan Interactive. 2014.