I must admit that by the end of the week, I am pretty tapped for ideas. Even if they are sitting right in front of me on the screen via photo groups on Flickr or challenges on facebook, I just don’t have the energy. However, there are times when the best ideas come in your moment of peace and you frantically work at a pace you rarely get while teaching students English! I call this “inspired energy” but the big question is, how do we get it? How do we cultivate that mindset to keep bringing those thoughts into our minds?

Chase Jarvis (the man, the legend), once again shows me that he has a mind up there and sheds some light on the creative side of what we all like to do. He gives us 7 creative habits and some great advice on how to cultivate the creative flow. Here is an excerpt:

. Get into adventures. Instead of saying no, say yes. Whether it’s agreeing going to the South China Sea or to Sundance festival or the grocery store.
2. Devour popular culture. Examine the work of other artists, movies, books, magazines, the interwebs.
3. Take pictures of things. I photograph things I see in the world that inspire me and use them for reference.
4. Scribble ideas. On a notepad, ipad, or whatever.
5. Share your ideas with others. Better ideas often come from a conversation. Give and receive. It’s a dialectic.
6. Ask Questions. Lots of other people know more than you do.
7. Listen. Try to listen carefully. When other people talk, you should listen. Ideas are everywhere.

I encourage you to read the whole article because it will give you a lot to think about. Especially the most important detail from the above, but I will let you read the whole article over at Chase’s blog to find that one out

As for myself, I find the greatest creativity in some strange places. For the most part my greatest inspiration comes in… the SHOWER I know it sounds strange but it is just something about that place that I am not thinking about loan payments, school, stress, or anything. If an inspired idea pops up, my brain runs with it. This time allows me to create ideas, refresh my worn out mind and gets me out there. This is my moment of zen, well at least until my girlfriend pounds on the door screaming “what are you doing in there!! You better not be…” Then it is time to get out and make those ideas happen.

The other times, I go for a walk without my camera. I just walk anywhere and dream. I look at buildings, the shapes, the light, the sky and let my mind work with those images. I don’t bring my camera,( just my iPhone) because I don’t want the pressure. I just want to create without disappointment or excitement. What I mean is, when you bring your camera you are searching for things to take pictures of, you want to use it because you brought it. When I want to be creative, I don’t want the pressure. If I get an idea, I will write it down, take a snap shot for reference with my iPhone and move on. Then when I get home, I will make a plan. I will set some time to get the shot, I will research what styles and similar photos and I will make something special. However, that is just he way I work and your process is probably completely different.

At any rate, these are some things to keep in your head the next time you feel tapped. I just got out of the shower and I have few ideas kicking around for today. Regards, and have a great weekend.

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