Habit #1: Walk To and From Work
Find a way to include at least 20 minutes of walk in your daily commute. Walking TO work, you’ll have time to get all jazzed up about all the ideas you can try today. Walking FROM work, you’ll have time to reflect upon the day’s work and ask yourself what you’ve learned.
Habit #2: Study Work You Like
Start your day studying work your really like. Sketch it, copy it, analyze it and write yourself notes. If you’re anything like me, all these wonderful nuances and subtleties will get you all excited about trying it out in your own work. Plus, it really helps to keep in touch with the kind of stuff that got you into this business in the first place!
Habit #3: Your Weekly “Input Day”
For one day each week, keep away from any kind of creative work. Put yourself in input mode, enjoy and observe, and give yourself the chance to miss your work a little.
Habit #4: Control Your Process
Don’t try to get too far too fast. Focus on gradual improvement rather than perfection. Set yourself simple goals and make them happen, then repeat until the work is done. It is the best medicine I know of for creative confusion and frustration.
Habit #5: Challenge Yourself Every Single Day
Look for subtle ways of challenging yourself, especially on mundane or repetitive tasks. Can you try something here that you’ve never tried before? Can you use the work to practice a particular skill?
Habit #6: Collaborate
It’s hard to get excited all by yourself. Get used to showing your ideas early, and then discussing them openly. Great artwork is seldom the product of a single mind.
Habit #7: Initiate Changes
Creativity doesn’t like inertia – it lives in fluctuation and change. Get used to initiating changes in your working methods, tools, sitting arrangements, location, job, clients, and even your entire career. Learn to detach yourself from what has been, and get excited about what’s ahead!
How do YOU keep your creative passion hot and bubbling, day in & day out? Let us know in the comments!
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