I just wanted to share some ways to stay creative. Many times we get into the “Daily Grind” and forget about what got us here in the first place. Our creativity and our personalities are what makes us valuable.
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Successful PR, media strategy, creative and advertising executives from Forbes Agency Council share trends and tips.
1. Go Analog
My inbox is flooded with inspiring content. But the act of watching/reading is so passive that it can demotivate me to create. So I like to do something analog at least once a week – write in a journal, sketch random objects, can some fruit, whatever. While my hands are moving, my brain is roaming. Pretty soon I’m hatching an idea – or at least enjoying the act of creating instead of consuming. – Patti Sanchez, Duarte, Inc.
2. Try Saying Yes
This last year, I’ve creatively lost over 90 pounds. One of the simple ways that I’ve done that is to put “yes” back in my life. “Yes” to taking the dog for a walk instead of in the back yard. “Yes” to social gatherings with friends. “Yes” to parking farther away. “Yes” to shopping daily for food instead of ordering it or stockpiling it. “Yes” to buying and riding a bike. “Yes” is a powerful word! – Douglas Karr, DK New Media
3. Find Inspiration On Instagram
I like to follow creative and inspirational accounts on Instagram. My free time is limited during the day, so for the five or 10 minutes I have available to hop on social media, I like my feed to be full of posts that help motivate me and get me inspired. – Leila Lewis, Be Inspired PR
4. Be The Intern
I encourage myself and others to be the intern. Assume the role of a non-jaded learner, open to all possibilities. Sit in the proverbial front row at conferences. Watch channels you wouldn’t normally like. Try a new social app or two every week. Surround yourself with young thinkers. Follow lots of diverse and creative people on Twitter. Listen more than you talk, and synthesize everything regularly. – Daryl McCullough, Citizen Relations
5. Give Yourself Permission To Think
I used to mistake responding to emails or participating in phone calls as my most tangible contributions to client work. However, what I’ve come to realize is that as a firm owner and entrepreneur, one of the most valuable things I bring to client engagements is my creative thinking, so I now give myself time each week to indulge. – Lindsay Mullen, Prosper Strategies
6. Hone Your Hobby
Since I was a kid, I’ve been performing close-up magic, so I’m constantly reading about the history of magic and deception or sharpening my sleight-of-hand skills. Focusing on a hobby that’s completely unrelated to work keeps me sane, but it also actually helps me when it comes to thinking strategically and conceptually about client projects. – Dan LaCivita, Firstborn
7. Utilize Your Surroundings
I enjoy running as much as possible. If I want a proper challenge I head down to the beach here in San Diego and go for a long-distance swim. I also enjoy competing in triathlons. Getting outside for some exercise helps me with clearing my head and reorienting myself. However, I also enjoy starting my day with some brief mediation; it keeps me centered and helps me stay focused for the workday. – Clayton Dean, Circa Interactive
8. Use Your Network As Inspiration
I surround myself with people who aren’t afraid to challenge and push me, as I’m not as cool as I once was. Hourly productive and constructive arguments with my staff keep me on my toes. Also, constant networking with my peers – who are doing similar things but in different industries – keeps me abreast of what is relevant and innovative. – Coltrane Curtis, Team Epiphany
9. Be Present
Everyone gets busy. Many times, beyond busy. When we can be present in the moment and step away from the rat race, we can fuel our creativity and inspiration. Stepping outside, listening to music, drinking wine, indulging in great food, immersing yourself in anything that brings you to a calming state is essential. For me, it’s a blend of everything, depending on the moment. It’s a must. – Michael Gaizutis, RNO1
10. Never Stop Being A Student
We don’t just subscribe to business publications, we read them. We learn from them. We don’t just buy business books; we read them. We engage people from these learning sources that connect to and grow our business. Locking out a portion of our day to concentrate on learning keeps us creative and inspired, but even more, it ignites unmatched thinking, strategy and competitive advantage from our leadership and team. – Elizabeth Edwards, Volume Public Relations