I have talked about where inspiration comes from before but with us in Las Vegas this week learning how to do better, getting ready to begin several new projects and as we train our newest team member, now seems like a good idea to delve back into what keeps us creative. It’s actually a question I get a lot from people outside the business.
I have actually had this conversation with my Mother on several occasions. My response to her is that it’s more about solving a problem than being creative. While that is true, there is a big element of creativity as well that I don’t always give myself credit for. So where does all that creative problem solving come from and how to I keep it going?
The longer I have worked and the more I have learned about the industry, how our clients think, what their needs are, keeping up with trends and patterns, etc. I feel the better I have become at solving client problems. It’s the creativity part that needs constant attention so below are six things that help keep us creative:
Whether it’s brainstorming ideas with my staff or sitting down one-on-one with my clients, other people and the interactions I have with them are usually one of the best sources for inspiration. When it comes to my staff, the one thing that makes our team so great is that while we have a lot of similarities we also are very different and often those differences in how we think, feel, or experience the world around us opens up so many new ideas. I feel that I have become a better creative now that I have a team compared to when I worked alone everyday.
There is nothing like time spent away from my normal surroundings to spark up new ideas and give me inspiration. It’s also a great way to clear my head and give me a fresh perspective which always does wonders for my creativity.
Surfing the Web:
Whether it’s checking up on my favorite fashion or home decor blog or one of the many other blogs i read, scouring Pinterest or instagram, inspiration can be taken from anywhere and they are a great way to keep the creative juices flowing.
Books and Magazines
Much like surfing the web, books and magazines also offer a great source of inspiration that helps keep me creative.
Clearing my Head:
Much like I explained in #2, having a clear and open mind is really one of the key ways to be inspired and be creative. Some days I only have time for a quick walk outside with the dogs or maybe a conversation with the staff to relieve stress and clear out my head so that I can get back to work with a fresher mind. When time allows, taking a walk, going for a bike ride or even getting out of the house to do some shopping or something can do wonders for helping me get creative again.
My typical work day includes lots of jumping around from project to project and it can be really hard to focus especially when I working on a larger design project. All the jumping around can make it hard to stay in a creative mode or get into one so I have found that just taking a five minute break, walking around the shop, going outside with the dogs or grabbing a glass of water can do wonders for releasing some of the clutter in my brain and allow me to focus and be more creative again.
Staying creative when you wear so many hats and have so much to do can be a challenge. When the creativity is flowing, it’s important to take advantage but when you need to be creative and just don’t feel it, trying one of my suggestions just may help.
Now it’s your turn! We’ve love to hear how you keep your creative juices flowing!