Last night’s MoChat focussed on staying creative. Unsurprisingly, lots of people have times when they hit a rut, or just seem stuck in the same cycle. The reasons varied from person to person. Some of the more common reasons seemed to be lack of sleep (or health), deadline pressure, self-doubt, and getting stuck comparing yourself to others.
To get past these creative blocks, lots of suggestions were made. In no particular order:
- Take a walk
- Visit a gallery
- Play video games
- Listen to music
There were also several suggestions for what to do to avoid ruts in the first place:
- Have hobbies
- Do creative warm-ups or challenges in the morning
- Have personal projects
- If possible, take vacations or day-trips
- Get out of your comfort zone often
- Take classes
- Reverse engineer work
There were also a few things people didn’t entirely agree on. Some liked watching videos on Vimeo or looking at other motion design work. Others argued it leads to too much comparison and subconscious mimicking. TV can be a distraction or research depending on who you ask. Social media shares a similar split, though most people recognize it can be too distracting if you’re already stuck.
But overall, one of the main points that came up over and over throughout the chat in various forms was simply this: Walk away from your computer. There’s a lot to experience around you, and much of it can help you creatively in ways you wouldn’t expect.