Let’s face it, it’s hard enough to output creativity back to back, day in and day out, without feeling like your well is drying up. Whenever I feel depleted of inspiration, I have found that work itself, is the fountain of ideas, both work you want to do, and work you don’t want to do. There is the old saying that…
Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.
Talent is overrated. Hard work is rewarded by inspiration and skill. I have found this principle to be true time and time again. We reap what we sow. And in the realm of creative ideas and their execution, a lot of sowing must happen for a ripe and unique harvest.
There is another great quote that has been coined the “W” formula:
Work Will Win When Wishy-Washy Wishing Won’t.Thomas S. Monson
Wishing to have creative ideas come to mind while being idle or lazy is a dead end approach to solving creative problems. I’m not suggesting that you can’t be relaxed for new ideas to come, but being in a state of idleness, in my experience at least, has never generated ideas of worth. It’s always been inside the thick of thinking, muddling, ideating, resting, and meditative moments that I’ve been the recipient to great ideas. All of which take mental exertion – it takes movement – it take faith. Walking into the unknown of hard work, not knowing what the outcome will be, but believing the processes will reveal the correct path.
The video above I found courtesy of Paulzii. I have taken his list of 29+ ways to stay creative and have modified it a bit. I’ve augmented the list with some of my own ideas I’ve found to be useful in order to spark dormant creative juices. The action items below are especially useful when you find yourself in a position where you have to consistently output creative ideas.
- Make lists.
- Carry a notebook everywhere.
- Try free writing.
- Get away from the computer.
- Quit beating yourself up.
- Take breaks, play a game.
- Sing in the shower.
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- Listen to New Music.
- Be open to all around you. Listen to them.
- Surround Yourself with Creative People.
- Get Feedback, bury your pride.
- Collaborate with someone new.
- Don’t give up.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Allow yourself to make mistakes.
- Go somewhere new.
- Count your blessings.
- Get lots of rest.
- Take a new risk.
- Break the rules.
- Don’t force it.
- Read a page of the dictionary.
- Pray and Meditate for 30 Min with no distractions. Listen to your thoughts.
- Stop trying to someone else’s perfect.
- Got an Idea? Write it down before it leaves to find someone else who will write it down.
- Clean your workspace. (Clutter is not an expression of creativity)
- Kill a dead-end project that weighs you down.
- Finish something you started.
- Exercise your body. It will invigorate your mind.