What can you learn from the world's most creative people? While some of these techniques may seem a little counterintuitive, they're sure to inspire new ideas and get you into a creative frame of mind.
Don't quit your day job
Many people well-known for their creativity actually did their best work in the small amount of time they had to themselves each day. As Oliver Burkeman writes over at The Guardian, Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner wrote As I Lay Dying in the afternoons prior to a night shift at a power plant.
Famous poet T.S. Eliot worked during the day at Lloyds Bank yet managed to write some of the best-known poems of the 21st century.
Sometimes having only a small span of time to work on your projects can make creative juices flow faster. These career-themed templates may help spark ideas for your next project: Orange and Black Vector Job Fair Flyer and Blue with Desk Graphics Job Fair Flyer.
Take a walk
Technology entrepreneurs Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jack Dorsey all share something in common. Not only are they the brains behind some of the world's best-known tech companies, they also all shared a passion for long walks.
Artist Maira Kalman argues that taking walks allows you to absorb new ideas and find inspiration. There are some well-known historical figures who'd agree. Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo also swore by walks to generate new ideas.
When you're stuck in a rut, get up from your desk and take a walk. The change of scenery can inspire new ideas, just like with these tempaltes: Travel Photo Quotes Simple Instagram Post and Brown Adventure Quote Collage Instagram Post.
Always ask questions
Asking useful questions is a skill that needs to be practiced. Journalist and Contently co-founder Shane Snow says learning to ask better questions allows you to get more value out of meetings, gain deeper insights from mentors and develop better relationships.
He suggests sticking to Who, What, Where, When, How and Why questions. Only ask questions that allow an open answer. Snow suggests avoiding questions that limit answers to 'yes' or 'no'.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. It's a great way to learn new things and get some ideas that can fuel your current or next project. Blurred Market Sign Twitter Post and Jungle River Trails Twitter Post.
Start early... or late
Research suggests that you're most creative when you're a little groggy. In one study, 428 undergraduate students were asked whether they were a morning or evening person.
Surprisingly, the night owls solved problems best in the morning, and the opposite was true for those students that identified as early birds. Mozart was an early riser, as was Frank Llyod Wright.
Find the best time for you to work on your passion project. It could be early (before your day job), or later in the afternoon. Whichever time is best, pick what's right for you. Be inspired by Yellow 8Bit Arcade Photo Game Night Invitation and Blue Leave the Office Early Day Social Media Graphic.
Create a daily routine
Set yourself up to be creative by including creative time in your routine. For inspiration, check out Nathan Barry's blog recounting his quest to write a thousand words a day for a year. Many artists develop a creative routine. As the Daily Beast highlights: Jane Austin wrote her novels on scraps of paper in between visits in her living room, while Benjamin Franklin read for an hour each morning.
Why not try painting, drawing, or writing at the same time each day? Setting up a regular 'artist's date' is another good way to maintain a creative mindset.
Creating a plan doesn't have to mean a boring list. Add some colour or whimsy with Canva's Planner templates, starting with Green Simple Project Schedule Planner or White Vintage Floral Work Schedule Planner and get your plans rolling.