How We Stay Inspired, Motivated, and Creative
How to Stay Inspired, Motivated, and Creative
Did you know that the communications industry hosts some of the most high-stress, frequent burn-out professions? Just behind firefighters and brain surgeons are journalists, public relations practitioners, and marketers.
The pressure to constantly bring new ideas to the table can feel like a fiery dragon chasing you away from the castle. But, committed to building a culture that supports each other, the Allegory team started sharing our ideas for finding inspiration.
However, we quickly realized that our methods aren’t just for “marketers.” Instead, each idea became a simple tip for remaining “happy and humans” in any stressful environment.
Here’s how the Allegory team stays inspired, motivated, and creative:
- Take a walk and people watch. Keep an eye out for random acts of kindness.
- Google all of my questions!
- Pin “a few of my favorite things” on Pinterest
- Attend book readings to meet and hear from creative people
- Reading poetry, or simply open a book with a beautiful cover just to read a page or two
- Any combination of food and conversation!
- I read anything and everything I can get my hands.
- Study history – it’s an ongoing guide of where we’ve been and where we’re going.
- Play my guitar
- Volunteer with my church group or for animal causes.
- Take photos of the unseen parts of everyday life.
- Work in my letterpress shop.
- Explore my favorite designer websites like Dribbble.
- Get outside to go hiking, camping, or snowshoeing.
- Walk anywhere with my camera in hand.
- Research, research! I have an appetite for new trends and best practices.
- Walk and jam out to some oldies.
- Read anything, especially Quiet Mind.
- Meditate or take a nap! You can’t think without sleep!
- Watch Curb Your Enthusiasm or Seinfeld and laugh until I feel completely refreshed.
- Being at my son’s hockey games. Letting loose and screaming at the top of my lungs!
- Travel to new places. Every fresh moment reminds me that my world isn’t the only world.
- Read historical biographies or fiction and be mesmerized by the human story.
- Ask a lot of questions and pick a lot of brains. Your experiences help me stay inspired.
- Sit with my family or lay with my dog…small moments that mean a lot.
- Move! Dance, ride, ski, or hike to clear my head, my energy, and connect deeply with who I really am.
- Be with friends and family. They keep me grounded with what is truly important and why I do the work I do.
- Deeply listen. My best inspiration comes from knowing that I’ve really heard another human being, under the surface.
- Read – to go to a new world or to grow personally.
- Hike in the Colorado sunshine. It’s like moving meditation.
- Entertain, cook, and make connections with family or friends who are like family.
- Take a step outside listening to my favorite pianists: George Winston, Peter Kater, or Michael Whalen.
- Play piano. After a 30 year hiatus, I’m back to taking lessons and could get lost playing for hours.
- Kickbox! It really gets my mojo going.
- Anything that feeds a love of learning. Lessons on Lynda.com or learning how designers on Behance do what they do.
- Draw, sketch, and illustrate things that I love (and have nothing to do with work!).
- Go horseback riding.
- Pinterest! I must pin all of the things!