Being a creative entrepreneur is not easy. We are sometimes plagued by moments of self doubt, uncertainty and loneliness. We wonder if we are ever good enough, whether we can get that potential client over the line, and wishing we had someone to bounce off ideas with.

For many of us, the worst is when we're hit by a creative rut; we get frustrated when we can’t come up with amazing ideas and when procrastination sinks in, well, it leaves us feeling not quite sure what to do next. Do you ever feel the same?

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if you're a creative director, entrepreneur, designer, blogger or artist, sometimes creativity doesn’t flow freely, or easily. The daily hustle of being a creative entrepreneur is fun, but there are a lot of sweat and tears involved.

A few months ago we decided to write down a list of things that made us feel creative. Before we knew it, we had created a long list of things we knew would help us when we got stuck in a creative rut. We loved our list so much we thought it would be a great idea to share these with you, so here are 46 ways to help you feel creative again.


1. Ask the right questions
2. Be open minded and never judge
3. Throw out something you’re working on if it’s not working
4. Think quickly without overthinking
5. Exercise every day
6. Declutter your life – work, home and play
7. Become an expert in your field by experiencing rather than doing
8. Play with children’s toys to clear your mind
9. Spend more time with your friends
10. Read a lot of books
11. Make something for yourself that has nothing to do with your career
12. Be aware of your surroundings
13. Create an inspiration wall or fill a box with items that inspire you; look and play with these when you’re in a creativity rut
14. Express your feelings
15. Collaborate with like-minded people
16. Create your own luck by noticing the things around you
17. Go on a holiday (I like this one best!)
18. See the beauty in everything
19. Listen to TED talks and podcasts
20. Develop a morning ritual (I like to exercise as soon as I wake up)
21. Get a mentor
22. Grab some ‘you time’ – its essential
23. Silence your inner critic
24. Celebrate other people’s creativity
25. Don’t be a workaholic
26. Think about the future and what may change in your field
27. Don’t let mistakes annoy you
28. Go for a swim in the ocean
29. Get a fresh perspective
30. Experiment with your work
31. Learn something new, such as a language or how to surf
32. Get outdoors and go hiking
33. Sleep on it
34. Shake up your surroundings
35. Watch a few movies
36. Don’t get bogged down with admin, emails can always wait
37. Never stop learning
38. Stop telling yourself you’re not creative
39. Always carry a notebook to write down ideas when they strike
40. Set a time aside each day for 30 minutes to free write in a journal
41. Engage with people who have different interest to you
42. Look in unlikely places
43. Finish what you start
44. Remove obstacles to creativity, such as mobile devices and television
45. Creativity is a muscle so exercise it daily
46. Don’t give up, ever


Words by YCS Director, Jaharn Giles



Jaharn Giles