1 – Carry a Notebook, Everywhere.
This is the most essential item on the list. Whenever you get in idea, write it down.
2 – Make Lists.
People commonly refer to writing ‘to do’ lists. I like to write all kinds of lists, including this list I’m writing now. Lists force you to come up with new ideas. When ticked off, the pathway is opened to inspired feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.
3 – Read.
An obvious one? Perhaps not. The greatest task of reading is making the time. Reading is the body of memory that unwinds our endless enthusiasm and reference-points in living life to the full.
4 – Listen to Music.
By this, I don’t mean ‘chart toppers’ but something more inspirational and uplifting, perhaps experimental. I find it helps to ‘open your mind’. Take a film that’s really affected or inspired you on a personal note and download the soundtrack. This would be a good place to start.
5 – Be Observant.
Open your consciousness to everything. Listen out. Exaggerate your everyday surroundings. Basically, observe what’s going on and you never know what you may discover.
6 – Design Something.
This could be on a piece of computer software, architectural, drawings and so on. Create something that stretches your perceived skillset or artistic abilities.
7 – Creative Writing.
This comes in many forms. Start attempting that screenplay you’ve wanted to write for years, or perhaps a play, short story, poem, or even the magnum opus novel. Either is as creative as the other and a great way to dive in at the deep end and discover your true capabilities.
8 – See New Places.
Similar to being observant. Travel whenever you can, discover new places, their cultures, the nature, landscapes, oceans etc. Don’t forget your notebook and camera.
9 – Take a Photo Everyday.
Finding something new and interesting to photograph each day will keep your senses alive and your observant mindset on cue. Write about this photo or maybe even blog it to the world. Alternatively, feel free to film something each day!
10 – Watch a Film Everyday.
It may leave you with a fresh view on a new aspect of life. Good films open eyes to new images. Seek them out daily.