"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things.“ - Steve Jobs
Staying creative as an artist isn’t always easy. Especially in our daily lives we tend to have the same routines and schedules, which can impact our ability to think out of the box and come up with new and fresh ideas. We put together a list of five tricks to hopefully keep you engaged with your work even more. Give it a try!
1.) Do something new
Exploring new neighborhoods in your city or even just ordering a new item at your favorite’s restaurant could cure your creativity block! Sometimes it is hard to come up with new concepts, when constantly spending time at the same places, offices, desks and studios. So let’s switch it up! Take a walk, talk to a perfect stranger at a coffee shop, try to play your instrument at a place you have never imagined before. Do you live close to a forest or the beach? Maybe nature can refreshen your ideas.
2.) Put your phone away
This is not always an easy one, but „unplugging“ from all the daily stress that cell phones bring into our lives, can boost creativity. How often does it happen, that you are actively working, but got distracted by some unimportant notification or message? Shut your phone off for an hour, or maybe even just thirty minutes and see what happens!
3.) Take a break & meditate
Meditating just a couple of minutes a day can improve your overall performance in life. It not only increases your attention span and helps you appreciate life more, but it also keeps your life stress-free and more balanced - the perfect way to stay creative.
4.) Collaborate with another artist
Great minds think alike, so why not collaborate with another professional of your field? Brainstorm and see what kind of amazing work you two could come up together. It might also be helpful to have someone from another field review your work. Maybe they have a different approach to your project or even an better idea?
5.) Stop beating yourself up
This one might be the most important one. In times where you have to stay creative, it tends to get the hardest to deliver. So don’t beat yourself up for having an unproductive day, creativity is nothing that can be controlled.Get started