Your Day Job Isn't An Excuse To Not Pursue Your Passion

Most creative minds in history did not have the pleasure of sitting around only working on what they wanted. They had day jobs — just like you — because they still had to put food on the table, but that didn’t stop them.

Susan Sontag's Best Productivity Tricks

Susan Sontag was a woman of many hats. She was a writer, critic, filmmaker, and a teacher. She achieved a lot before she died in 2004. Let’s take a look at how she did it all.

Use 'Brainwriting' Instead Of Brainstorming To Generate Ideas

Brainstorming out loud is often the go-to for coming up with new ideas, but your group might be better off writing their ideas down before someone shares anything out loud and gets everyone heading in the same direction.

Why Great Ideas Always Come In The Shower

It’s happened to all of us — you’re in the shower and inspiration strikes. You struggle to remember when you get out. Sometimes, you’re successful, other times, maybe not — but why is the shower such a prime place for inspiration? Let’s take a look and see how you can harness that brilliance at other times too.

Interrupt Your Sleep Cycle To Generate More Creative Ideas

We all understand that there is a roughly 90-minute sleep cycle your body goes through while you’re unconscious. Waking up at the end of it is great for productivity, but if you need to generate ideas, try waking up about 30 minutes before the end.

'Stealing Plus Lack Of Talent Equals Creativity'

Coming up with ideas is hard, especially when you’re new in a field. 99% Invisible host Roman Mars reminds us that stealing is sometimes a great place to start.

Why Creative Side Projects Are Good For You

At any given time, I have a side project running. It’s often a new blog or a book or a newsletter. Sometimes I try to design WordPress themes. Other times I try photography. And there’s good news: side projects improve other areas of your life.

Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies Cards Break Down Creative Blocks

We all encounter creative blocks from time to time. Writers suffer with writers’ block, but people in all fields of work hit a wall every now and then. Oblique Strategies is a set of cards that offer a little creative inspiration when you need it most.

Sometimes It's Worth Finishing Your Worst Work To Move On To Your Best

We all have one of those projects sitting around unfinished that we know isn’t that great. It’s easy to abandon it, but as writer Steven Pressfield points out in Entrepreneur, sometimes, you just need to finish it to prove you can.

This Graphic Details The Daily Routines Of Famous Creative People

If you’d like a little inspiration from the daily routine of creative people you admire, this guide can help you. From Beethoven and Mozart to Angelou and Murakami, the list features over two dozen well-known artists, authors and musicians.