Habit #1: Walk To and From Work

Walk to work (and back). Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joiseyshowaa/

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

Study artwork you like. Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhilung/

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”

Take a weekly day off. Picture source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cortomaltes/with/4342454699/

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

Control your process. Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kwl/

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

Challenge yourself every day. Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/78752351@N03/

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

Collaborate! Image source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/familymwr/

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

Initiate change - take a creative leap of faith. Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/groupon/

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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  1. I love the video idea 🙂

    BTW tip #1 works for me on the bus as well.
    Although walking is probably the healthier option.

    1. Thanks! Other people liked the video as well, so I guess I’ll do some more 🙂
      Glad it works for you on the bus – never did for me …too static, makes my thought process go in circles, somehow. Also, when I think about stuff I like mumbling to myself… which is great when you walk, but attracts some attention on the bus 😛
      I tried running, by the way, but that’s too demanding – my mind is just gets too busy with the actual effort.
      For me, walking is the perfect low-intensity activity that clears my mind without taking too much attention.

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