I Got 99 Problems, But Creativity Ain’t One
As designers, we have moments where it seems impossible to come up with one more creative idea. How do we stay creative after years of designing, completing project after project, being creative day in and day out? There are many lists available that help us get beyond the creative block. I refer to some of them below. Yet, I have found three ‘activities’ that if I do them regularly and plan them into my weekly schedule, my creative juices remain active and fueled. If I become negligent in any of these three areas, I find myself gritting my teeth and having to grind it out to get through yet another creative project. The three activities:
- Awaken Our Senses
- Get Physical
Awaken our Senses
Have you noticed the sunset (or sunrise) recently? Have you heard the crunch of the fall leaves below your feet? Did you smell the recent approaching rainstorm? Or feel the softness of your clothes this morning? If not, it’s time to awaken our senses.
We often take the creativity and beauty around us (and within us) for granted. In our mission to get things done, the sunset goes unnoticed, the crunch of the fall leaves isn’t heard, and we put clothes on simply to cover us, not to feel them.
A year and a half ago I moved to an apartment overlooking a small pond on a golf fairway. In the distance are the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I’ve lived here for two years. This past year I noticed herons coming and going, watched incredible lightning shows as the afternoon storms approached, and enjoyed the many shades of pink and red as the morning sunlight began to hit the mountains in the distance. And, I’ve wondered where I was last year? I don’t remember any of these last year…except maybe for the morning sunlight on the mountains. Yet, I’m sure herons came and went, afternoon storms displayed their fantastic lightning shows, and the sun still came up every morning. I missed the beauty last year. I missed the moments of stunning creativity. And, my work suffered.