Question: Do you use a creative method (like journaling) to stay motivated and if so, how?
Review Your Mission Statement
"I review daily my mission statement and I try to tie all my activities and goals to it. When you do what you love and love what you do, you are always motivated. I want to change the way people work and create the happiest company in the world. I try to align all my activities with that vision."
Dance or Photography
"I find that when I pour myself into creative hobbies like dance or photography, it invigorates me and pays dividends back in the office. "
"I literally set a big chunk of time in my calendar every week to be creative. I have a notebook, and I’ll even write in draft emails sometimes. But for some reason, what truly gets me going is a beautiful blank whiteboard. Something just needs to fill it. "
"If you want to have new ideas, you need to be exposed to new ideas yourself. The best way to do this is by seeing new places and getting out of your comfort zone. The best ideas come to me in an airplane at 35,000 feet. I literally get a bird's eye view of things. "
Pitch New Ideas Daily
"For 15 minutes every day, three of us give a 2-5 minute pitch for a unique and new startup/idea. This helps me keep my edge and keep the creative juices flowing. I look forward to this time, as it helps me keep my mind active and motivates me for the future."
"My team and I regularly force ourselves to go analog. We'll regularly stop what we're doing, pick up our notebooks/sketchbooks, and walk outside, head to a coffee shop, or gather around our conference table to brainstorm ideas without the distraction of a computer screen. This results in regular breakthroughs and limited distractions. "
"I use a technique called Object Writing, developed by Pat Pattison from the Berklee College of Music. It's a daily create exercise where for five minutes you focus solely on sense-bound writing (taste, feel, etc.) about a random object. It's a wonderful practice for expanding your creativity and getting into the habit of seeing things from multiple perspectives. "
"My team and I keep each other in the loop. We constantly share links, articles, websites and more that we find interesting just so everyone is staying creative and so everybody keeps an open mind. As a small business, we have the power to bring ourselves to the next level and that means we need to keep evolving. "
"Once a day, I schedule some time to discover something new. Many times, it's as simple as walking down the street to stumble across a new food truck, or stopping by a store I'd never shop at to uncover new ideas I can apply to my business. I always find that "aha" moments give you energy when you need it the most."
"My creative outlet has always been, and will always be, people. I make it a habit to fill any and all holes in my day-to-day calendar with 30-minute coffee meetings. I always crave knowledge and the best (and maybe the only) way I can consume that knowledge is by human interaction. Network to grow!"