I found a fascinating article here about embracing creative distractions. I’ve been considering my time management lately and love the idea of working with distractions and using them to benefit me, instead of trying to cut them out or ignore them completely. It feels more helpful, not to mention possible.
The overarching theme of this blog is “my life as a working creative”, which I’ve definitely for myself as involving graphic design, jewelry, and writing, with graphic design as my career focus (as it has been for quite a while.) All the creative things I do can function as constructive distractions – I’ve known for a while that sometimes I just need to do something else and let ideas percolate, and there’s nothing like working on jewelry to help me get ideas for writing, for example. Lather, rinse, repeat with any other creative thing I might be up to.
I also like getting out and walking around to help me process information and get ideas. I love exploring my city and gaining inspiration that way – fun and healthy at the same time. I’ve had times recently when I knew that my ideas for a client would solidify once I stepped away from the computer and took some time for some fresh air.
And then of course, like the article says, there’s Youtube videos. These two new-ish Muppets Videos are some of my favorites. And believe it or not, even they can be brought back to creativity. I got a chance to see the Jim Henson exhibit when it was at the Museum of Science and Industry, and was really moved by seeing how Henson made a life from his creativity, and worked to inspire others.
What are some of your favorite useful (and not-so-useful) distractions?