Cures for creative block. (And all-round procrastination.)
When I have a creative block, I do a few different things:
• Take long showers. Somehow I can think little differently while I’m in the shower. It washes away my old thoughts and I feel renewed.
• Clean my surroundings. I cannot think clearly when there’s a mess around me.
• If it still doesn’t work, I go for a bike ride and I try not to think about the project at all.
Somehow things always work out in the end.
- Ji Lee is the creative director of Google Creative Labs.
I often find myself in a creative rut of some sort...When I find myself in these situations I notice that the more I push myself to get results the more I tend to come up short. Regardless, I have several weapons in my rut fighting arsenal; walks, conversations, drawing, reading, records, magazines, vintage shopping, window shopping, digging in old sketchbooks, staring off into space, yoga, TV, red wine, scotch, weed, etc, etc, etc. I definitely try to avoid trolling the web in search of inspiration. It seems too easy and it has become too commonplace in my opinion.
At the end of the day, most of what I feel are my strongest ideas just hit me when I least expect it…When I’m bed, the shower, on the subway, or a meeting or something. When I am not focused on the quest for ideas. It’s like all the energy I release looking for them causes a cloud to build around me that has to clear before then can get to me.
–Christopher David Ryan of Atmostheory, a design studio in Maine.
H/T: Andrew Sullivan.