Whether you're stuck in a bit of a creative rut, or you just need to keep your brain moving all day, staying creative is tough. It's also easy to stop dedicating your energy to projects when you're away from work, which is why the blog Accidental Creative suggests you dedicate an hour a week to completely unnecessary projects.
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The basic idea here is to work on projects that have no deadlines, and that you're not getting paid for. These aren't necessarily passion projects -- they're just random things you've always wanted to try. Doing so can gets your creative juices flowing in ways you might not initially think, even if you're not working on something related to your work. As Accidental Creative explains it, the reason is pretty simple:
Unnecessary creating changes everything because it redeems useless time into time spent doing genuinely meaningful things for yourself and others.
So, instead of that movie marathon, or just zoning out on the couch, take an hour at some point in the week and just work on something out of your norm. You can make it as ridiculous as you want (perhaps pick up painting for a week, just to see what happens), but the idea is that you try something a little different each time just to push your brain.
How Unnecessary Creating Changes Everything [Accidental Creative]