It may seem detrimental at first – but take breaks, and take them regularly. In fact, take breaks whenever you feel like you need it! Doing so can actually be more beneficial to your work flow than becoming overworked and burnt out. If you feel like you’re starting to get a creative block, or distracted, perhaps try standing outside and concentrate on your breathing for 10 minutes, or make a cup of tea and think about your weekend, letting all your busy thoughts go and relaxing your mind. Allowing yourself to hit the ‘reset button’ once-in-a-while will keep your brain happy and motivated!
Procrastination can be good for you.
We all experience the dreaded ‘P’ word, and it can be something that creeps up on any of us at any time. However, rather than desperately trying to get around procrastination, we can use it to our advantage by allocating easy or interesting tasks rather than just scrolling through Instagram or watching mind-numbing videos on YouTube. For example, let’s say you’re in the middle of a big project, and you’re just having one of those mid-week hump afternoons and you can’t concentrate – how about replying to some emails, setting goals for next week or perhaps working on another project until you feel motivated again.
Don’t Force yourself to be creative.
When the time is right, it’s right. Everybody has a different way of working and everybody feels the creative juices flowing at different times of the day. Try not to force yourself to be creative when you’re not feeling it, or you may be at risk of underperforming and ultimately becoming frustrated with yourself and giving up? Sound familiar? Try to balance your workflow to fit the times that work best for you to get the most out of your creativity. If you know you’re a morning person, get up an hour or two earlier and get the more challenging projects out the door first, following up the afternoon with emails and smaller tasks and vice-versa.
We live in an age where technology is readily available to help us. It's there to do almost anything we need it to, and it would be a darn shame to not use these tools as often and as eagerly as possible. We can use sharing platforms and portfolio websites such as Behance, Dribbble and Pinterest to browse other creatives work, start our own profile and build collections of designs that we like. Perhaps try starting your day by spending 20 minutes absorbing new designs and design styles from your peers around the world to help motivate your morning. There are even Chrome extension apps, such as Muzli, which will curate new inspiration for you on a daily basis, and they even pop it straight onto your screen when you open a new browser window. Nice!
It's important to remember everyone has a different creative process, and what works for you, might not work for someone else but using these tips is a good place to start. We'd love to hear what works best for you, or any other ideas we can add to our article.
Jess Caddick is passionate designer and design director currently working for Rally in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jess has a broad and varied design style and when she isn't busy keeping her clients happy she also judges for the FWA.