As creative professionals, entrepreneurs (full-time & part-time), business owners, etc you may find yourself working late nights/burning the midnight oil. Whether or not you are working typical 9-5, we all at some point may get that feeling of having our creative light dimming for some reason or another. You juggling different projects at the same time and making sure you stay within the guidelines of what each project scope entails. You fighting the urge to try that new technique you learned knowing it might not go with what the client wants. Dealing with the feeling that you creativity is being limited for extend period of can have some damaging effect both small and big. For example being stress out or being burnt out. It may even make you sick which can affect your ability to work.
However, on the flip side it could have its benefits. Such as making u work harder and making you think outside the box to complete the task at hand. There are ways to get rid of that limiting feeling. Recharged your creativity batteries by doing your own side/personal projects. They can be great for you. You will have full creative control with no brand style guide to follow. You can expand your skill set. Maybe u always wanted to learn how to paint or wanted to dive into photography. Take up a class on the weekend and learn a few tips. You never know what may come of it. Maybe you can turn one of your side projects into some extra income. It’s all about taking a little time to do something u love or always wanted to try. It will help you to tremendously when you get hit when you need to break through a creative block as well as gaining more skills that you used to help your clients.
I decided to take up three side/personal projects myself, nothing too major. My first is to read more. I used to love reading. Actually I have a few new books on my shelves that I haven’t even touched yet. The library, Barnes and Noble (my favorite place earth) and I will be close friends by the end of the year. The second involves music. I enjoyed putting together little playlist on my ipod and making covers for them. I think I am going to start that up again. And last but not least I wanted to try doing a little photography. I tried to do Project 365 (take a photo every day for a year) but some how I would get bored and stop. I hear there is a much simpler one called Project 52, where you take one picture every week. I think I can handle this better. I will be posting those photos on my flickr account and maybe do a separate blog for it.
Do you have any side/personal project you working on or would like to start?