Waking up and surrounding yourself with great inspiration in the morning is just as important as grabbing that cup of coffee to kick off your day. Every day I try to indulge myself in creative outlets to get my morning started on the right note before becoming bombard with work. Whether I’m held up in traffic, stuck in a design rut, or having writer’s block keeping ideas flowing is essential to any creative. So here are a few great creative outlets to help you get the juices flowing.
Behind The Hustle
I discovered the site “Behind The Hustle” one day when I was browsing my Facebook feed and a close friend of mine posted an article from the site that caught my attention. The article had to deal with productivity titled “18 Things Highly Creatives Do Differently” and after the first click I been a fan ever since. The site is a great source for anyone who wants to learn any and everything about the creative field and the lifestyle that comes along with it. The site gives tips on how to manage your time properly, how to brand your company and they even do a video series with creatives as they talk briefly about how they got into the field. Almost becoming a Wikipedia to creatives Behind The Hustle is a great site to start your morning off with a great read.
Shop Talk Radio
If you’re big into podcast then you will love ShopTalk radio with Nick Oaken! I honestly just got into podcasts maybe about a year ago thanks to my friend Alex who recommended the station so, I gave it a listen and subscribed to Shop Talk and now I listen to it daily. What I enjoy about Shop Talk is how Nick highlights creatives in the industry and really dives deep and dissects each moment of that creative life leading up to their success. And the guests are very open and honest about their success and failures giving the listeners a better understanding of what they do while inspiring you at the same time. I also enjoy how diverse each guest is on the show because it focuses on creatives from all backgrounds that anyone can relate to. Having guests like Preston Smiles, Jeff Staple and Sophia Chang Shop Talk Radio is definitely a podcast you should plug in for your morning ride to work. Just make sure you don’t miss your stop.
Of course, when you need to get over that creative slump Ted Talks is always the motivation you need for that creative breakthrough. The great thing about Ted Talks is every episode is like a college class that’s at your fingertips. You can literally sit for hours and learn everything you need to know to be a better entrepreneur for free! Ted Talks are great because it’s a platform where experts from all over the world tell their story and give you an insight on creativity from their own personal experience. For those who need a visual booster in the morning, Ted Talks is a great way to learn from experts in the creative field.
Sometimes we just need to hold something tangible to get us in the creative mood and a great publication that really caters to the creative community is 99u a publication from Behance. The quarterly magazine details in-depth interviews with visionary creatives and entrepreneurs that highlights essential objects and tools to help supercharge your creative process and it comes with a workbook that helps you improve your day-to-day workflow. Besides being a publication 99u is also a website that features helpful content daily on improving your work output. And one great feature I really love about 99u is on the site. They actually have a creative career tab that features job listings where you can look and search for jobs in the creative market! So whether you’re looking for helpful tips on how to be more productive, or taking a survey on what creative type you are or just looking for a career in the creative field 99u has all that and more.
We all know the huge benefits of hearing or reading something creative but what about seeing great visuals? Studies show mental imagery impacts many cognitive processes in the brain meaning that 75% per cent of your learning is through your vision! So waking up seeing breathtaking visuals can really spark and jump-start your creativity first thing in the a.m. and a great app for this is VSCO. VSCO is an essential app because it allows you to see great art from a creative community without the oversaturated memes and selfie posts that has plagued Instagram.
A great feature that VSCO has is the journal feature that allows you to create a story behind your imagery that you capture on the day by day. This is a great feature for bloggers, photographers and artists because it allows you to journal a creative moment while on the go and forces you to work outside the office and become mobile. And even though VSCO is not a new app, I’m sure it’s an app you downloaded used it for about a week and went back to Instagram where your friends and family reside. But I challenge you to give the app a second shot and use it to get inspired. To get you started on your VSCO journey we recommended some great people to follow. Samm Blake, Joshua Kissi, and Lawrence Agyei.
I hope these creatives outlets can contribute to starting your morning on the right track. Inspiration is sometimes hard to come by so anytime we can find moments to help refuel our creativity to spark the next great idea we must capture that moment.
Photography by Sabrina Vaz Holder