I’ve been working a logo project all morning and making little progress toward anything I’d like to share with the client.
This is the second logo project in less than a week. I’m not complaining. I really like the client, we’ve worked together before and now he’s starting up two businesses right now. He knows my work, recommends me to other professionals, I know the market, I deliver.
I deliver. (Can’t believe I wrote that phrase.)
Back to the question, how do you conquer “creative frustration”? (Or gettin’ unstuck?)
Google returns 4.5+ Million results on the topic of ‘frustration’ — I’m getting the feeling the this is a common but taboo topic.
The prevention of progress seems to be where I’m at with this particular project. What am I doing about it?
- Saved my work and closed the AI file. Put my hardcopy sketches away.
- Surfed my favorite news sources on the internet — same as before, nothing new.
- Logged onto my FB stream — nothing going on there.
- Ate lunch (which was totally unsatisfying)
- Went for a walk.
This afternoon in Chicago, a light snow is falling, temperature is ~ 25F, no sun; I took the pooch out for his afternoon stroll.
Walking seems to be one of my best re-energizing activities. I’ve also been experimenting with 3-5 minute meditations at my desk.
Does music help you? What genre? (I’ve been addicted to “Martini in the Morning” lately)
A few of my resources:
Dan Goodwin’s “A Big Creative Yes”
Jonathan Mead’s “Illuminated Mind”
“Anxiety Slayer” by Ananja Sivyer and Shann VanderLeek
I would live to hear your tricks, post them here.