Today I’m beginning a series on a concept I like to call your creative metabolism. In this article, I’m going to break down the essential concepts, and in the following blogs, I will dive deeper into each.
Balancing Consumption with Production
Keeping your creative life healthy means you need to learn the right balance of consumption and production. The content, art, and ideas you consume are the food for your creativity. Just like your body needs to consume in order to operate, so does the mind.
In this article, I’ll show you how to monitor how much you consume and when to adjust that consumption so that your creative production ticks at a healthy rate.
Your Creative Diet
A healthy creative diet is more than just consuming the right amount of content, but also putting in the effort to feed your mind with the quality ideas and concepts that will output the quality of work you desire.
I want to show you how to filter your consumption so that you have a healthy balance of nutrients for your creativity to flourish.
Your Creative Workout
Getting your diet in check is only half the battle. You also need to work out a creative regimen. This will take many forms depending on your mental fitness goals, but can’t be ignored if you want to stay in top working order.
In this article, I’ll give you three creative workouts that will turn what you consume into what you create.
Your Creative Waste
At risk of going off-color, I wanted to talk about the by-product of your creative metabolism. Everyone has it. It’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’re dirty or terrible at what you do. It’s a natural part of the process. How you deal with this waste, is what’s most important.
And in this article, I’ll give you several methods to deal with the waste and how you can use it to generate new creative ideas.
What About You?
How do you manage your creative metabolism?
I’d love to know in the comments!