7 Tips for the 2013 Creative Professional

We believe 2013 is going to be our most enticing, fun and energetic year yet. Of course, we can’t jump the gun without making a few New Year’s resolutions to spark some creative thrill. And when I say New Year’s resolutions, we’re not talking about the most effective diets or giving up chocolate (go ahead – eat as much chocolate as you want, I’m eating chocolate as I write this). We’re talking about making this year your most confident and inspiring 12 months ever. All it takes is some minor changes in your normal routine to help fuel your creative energy.

Check out our top 7 tips from our professionals on how to stay inspired and confident in 2013:

1. Blog More

During the late winter months, here’s your chance to snuggle up with your Snuggie and a latte, and catch up on some blogging. Okay – so you can scratch the snuggie, but the point is blogging can help promote your portfolio online and communicate with others who have similar interests. Even if it’s through work or it’s a personal blog, come up with a blogging goal for the year. If you own a business, work with your social media team in order to come up with ideas to strengthen your service or product via blogging. A study shows that businesses who blog lead to 55% more visitors to their website.

Tiny Tip: Check out this brand new article full of resources for bloggers with links here.

2. Organize Your Resources

Organize your resources, favorite articles, designs, and whatever else inspires you using sites like Evernote or Pinterest. That way, you’ll be more motivated to search through them when you are looking for some inspiration. If your resources are cluttered or hard to find, you’ll lose the desire to look at anything. If you prefer to print things out, try designing a mood board for your office or at home.

“I keep my folder organized by date because what inspires us today may not inspire us tomorrow.” – Chuck Fischer, Web Developer

Tiny Tip: If you are a writer or a researcher, using Evernote may be your best bet. If you’re a designer constantly looking for images, use Pinterest.

3. Collaborate with Others

“Networking with other designers who can brainstorm with you, challenges, and expands your knowledge to inspire. Keep and surround oneself with a network of these people and meet up once in a while even just for coffee.” – Graphic Designer, Mars Manderic

4. Approach Your Work with Confidence

In the creative field, the work you do won’t attract the attention it needs if you are not on board with it. Always present your work with confidence. If it’s a collaborative project, try your best to make sure everyone is just as psyched as you are with it.

“The team presenting needs to be all on the same page. Make sure you’re in love with what you are presenting.” – Graphic Designer, Mars Manderico

5. Change Your Morning Routine