OTHER CREATIVE HABITS
There are other habits than those top 2, of course, that can nourish creativity. Some other good habits:
Felicia Day: “When I am most productive I am the most ruthless with my schedule. I will literally make a daily checklist with, “1 hour gym”, “30 minutes of internet research,” and “drink 3 glasses of water” on it. For some reason being that disciplined creates a sense of control that I wouldn’t have otherwise, as a self-employed person, and I get the most out of the scheduled hours that I have for writing.”
Ali Edwards: “Take notes. I am a really good note-taker. It’s essential for me to write down my ideas when they come to mind…otherwise, poof, they disappear way too quickly as I move on to the next task (diaper changes, wiping noses, tending to the stuff of life). I use my phone, my computer and a moleskin notebook to jot down thoughts and ideas and then I move them into Things every week or so.”
Chase Jarvis had a few more:
- Live a creative life everyday. I very much believe in doing creative stuff everyday. For one, I take a 3-second video clip everyday. Doesn’t matter the camera. I use my iPhone everyday. Just taking photos keeps me in a creative headspace and helps me internalize the events of my life. Hell, I play with my food, sing, and take time to draw and doodle.
- Moderate Expectations: Make it a habit not to judge yourself on your creative output. Sometimes your creativity is on fire. Great news. Other times, it’s not. It’s hard sometimes when you make art in a professional commercial capacity because you’re paid to be ‘ON’, but you’ll save yourself a lot of grief if you make it a habit to be cool to your psyche when your creative mojo isn’t firing on all pistons.
- Break your plateau: When I’m starting to feel stale, I make a habit of getting into adventures. Break molds. Drive home from work a different way. Stir up my routine. I get active and break my plateau. Just like in fitness, you have to do something different to escape from your plateau, to reach the next fitness level.
- Find fun. Doing what you love inspires you to be more creative. Make time and space for having fun. All work and no play can make anyone a dull person to be around.
- Lastly, being creative means living a creative life. Expect yourself to have one. Believe you are creative. Know that you are. Make that the most important habit of all.
Keep hustling, my friends.