29 Ways To Stay Creative

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I found this list a while ago via stumbleupon (it can be very addictive, it’s also a good way to find new sites you’ll be interested in) and I’ve recently written it on the front page of my planner as a way of keeping myself motivated.

Anyway, I thought I’d share the list with you, as well as add a few notes. Enjoy. 

  1. Make Lists – I am forever writing lists; I’m pretty obsessive about it, so much so that if a list doesn’t look ‘right‘ I’ll scrunch it up, throw it away and write it out again (even if it’s just a shopping list…)
  2. Carry a notebook everywhere – I’ve always carried a notebook with me at all times; the shitty thing is that when I get an idea, or the insane urge to jot something down I’m usually busy (not the best look pulling your notebook out when you work in a kiosk in a relatively busy mall…)
  3. Try free writing – I have given this MANY shots; it’s just not for me, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t for you.
  4. Get away from the computer – This is probably something that I need plastered on my Macbook; I spend most (if not all) of the time I spend procrastinating on the net…
  5. Quit beating yourself up – I am definitely my own worst enemy/harshest critic/insert self-loathing cliché here, it’s time for that shit to stop, we need to be kinder to ourselves yo!
  6. Take breaks – I need to remind myself that a ‘break’ is not: watching youtube videos or checking twitter, or playing bejewelled (cringe, I know), I need to go for walks, go to a café alone or dance around the house to insanely horrible music.
  7. Sing in the shower – I never do this, it just doesn’t come naturally to me at all. I guess it’s because as a kid a friend told me I should lip sync instead of singing out loud, so I’m always self-conscious about singing (unless I’m making up stupid lyrics, because then it’s okay to sing in a ridiculous voice).
  8. Drink Coffee – Maybe I’m weird, but I find that if I want to be in a creative mindset I’d much rather be drinking tea (herbal is preferable, and in one of my many china cups).
  9. Listen to new music – I have been using 8tracks for a while, and Rochelle recently suggested bandcamp; both sites are really good for finding new bands/genres/things to listen to.
  10. Be open – To life, to love, to everything that gets thrown at you.
  11. Surround yourself with creative people
  12. Get feedback
  13. Collaborate – guest posts anyone?
  14. Don’t give up – I’m impatient as fuck and get disheartened really easily if something doesn’t work out…
  15. Practice, practice, practice – It makes perfect. Apparently.
  16. Allow yourself to make mistakes – Mistakes can be just as (oftentimes more) beautiful as something that was done on purpose.
  17. Go somewhere new – I plan on taking lots of little breaks this year (roadtrips, discovering places in Wellington I haven’t been to, saving up and going overseas…)
  18. Count your blessings I do this weekly (although I haven’t for a while), it’s good for the soul.
  19. Get lots of rest – This could be one of my problems, I never get enough sleep. Ever.
  20. Take risks
  21. Break the rules
  22. Don’t force it – I need to remember if it isn’t working it isn’t working and I need to take a break.
  23. Read a page of the dictionary – it’s been a while since I’ve done this, the last time I read a page from the dictionary I found out that the word pusillanimous means weak or timid (is this where the insult pussy comes from?)
  24. Create a framework
  25. Stop trying to be someone else’s perfect
  26. Got an idea? Write it down – Yeah, as I said earlier that’s a bit tricky…
  27. Clean your workspace – Must remember to keep my workspace tidy and to put things back where they belong (I am seriously the untidiest person ever).
  28. Have fun
  29. Finish something

3 comments

  1. hungryandfrozen says:

    I love this list! Especially counting your blessings and keeping a notebook (I use the function on my iphone) and reading a page of the dictionary, for some reason discovering a new word can be so exciting. I could also totally do with more sleep…will keep that one in mind this year :)

    • xoxBubbles says:

      Yeah, when I first saw the list I had it printed it out and meant to write it down in my planner for the longest time ever, it’s soooo good, and they’re really simple things that we often let slide as well :)

      Also more sleep… I barely get enough sleep as it is, and since I’ve started working in the hutt it’s gotten worse: 8:30am starts after an hour’s travel are not for me :p

  2. Sara Martin says:

    This is great! I was searching through blog posts about creativity, so this is perfect. I got a copy of Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art and Do the Work for Christmas. Both books echo the sentiment at the top of your post. It’s a great wake-up call, thanks for sharing!

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