How to feel more creative when you don't have a creative job
I love my current job. Like really love it. I get to work on some really exciting concepts and campaigns, I always feel like my contributions are valued, and since starting this role back in August I haven’t had a single ounce of Sunday evening dread.
But I have to admit that in some ways, this is one of the least creative jobs I’ve ever had. My role is much more sales based, as opposed to product development or marketing roles I’ve had in the past, and I spend a lot of my time getting intimate with Microsoft Excel or negotiating with buyers. And so one of my personal priorities recently has been utilising my free time in a way that really get my creative juices flowing.
I think creativity is important for so many reasons: it helps stimulate new ideas, it makes us feel more unique and most of the time, it can be quite good fun! So here are some of my tips on how to be more creative, even if you don’t have a creative job:
1) Read more
Whether it’s books, magazines or blogs, reading more can open you up to new ideas, help you think about things from a different point of view and help you to develop your language and writing skills. For optimum creativity, try to keep your reading materials varied.
2) Try your hand at photography
You don’t need a fancy DSLR to develop your skills behind the camera – start with your smartphone. There are so many cool apps these days that you can use to enhance your images and it’s so instant that you can play around until you find the angles and perspectives that you like best.
3) Take a class
I’ve harped on quite a bit here about the jewellery class I’ve been attending, but I couldn’t recommend more taking a creative course in your spare time. Learning a new skill and making something with your hands is so rewarding and addictive. Now that my jewellery class is done, I’ve been eying up a screenprinting class too…
4) Nail your personal style
Clothes are a great external expression of your internal creativity, and so there is no better way to communicate your creative flair than by experimenting with your personal style. Try to pull together a unique look that represents your equally unique personality and play around with accessories to make things more fun.
Never underestimate the power of visiting somewhere new to make you feel full of ideas and inspirations. Personally, I love city breaks as you can visit museums, try new foods and soak up a new culture. However, relaxing on the beach, hiking up mountains or even just having a drive out to the countryside can all give you a fresh perspective.
6) Keep a journal
So many people shy away from the idea of keeping a diary or journal as it feels laborious and time consuming, but if done effectively, it can be a great way of keeping track of ideas, recognising when you feel at your most creative and productive, and identifying what’s important to you. Try just jotting down a sentence a day, or you could even fill a journal with quotes or images that inspire you.
Last but not least, get blogging! It will force you to improve your photography skills, encourage you to get out and about more to find fresh content and will help you to think about things from a different perspective. The blogging community is also super friendly, so before you know it you could have a whole new creative network supporting you.
What do you think of these tips? Do you have any other tips for boosting creativity?