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5 Creative Exercises

5 Creative Exercises

We all experience moments that feel like we’re in a creativity desert. No inspiration to be found. Here’s a list of five exercises that can help you get your creative juices flowing. (This list compiled from the upcoming book, Created for More.)

Creative Exercise 1:

Whatever your unique outlet, create something intentionally horrible. And have fun doing it! Then share it with your friends and family. Let them enjoy the atrocity.

Don’t take yourself seriously as you create. You might just find some beauty or a new technique you hadn’t discovered previously.

Creative Exercise 2:

Choose one project you’re working on. Then cut your resources for that project in half. Move your deadline closer. Cut the budget. Remove some technological resources. Create some limitations.

Now think creatively. Look for unique ways to accomplish the same goal. Decide what’s really necessary for the project. You’ll find many of the resources were unnecessary for accomplishing your goal.

Creative Exercise 3:

Find an artistic medium that’s least like your usual medium. Then find a book that discusses the rules and frameworks of that discipline. Look for ways to incorporate those rules/frameworks into your work.

Be sure to explore why they exist and what benefit they’ll bring to your project. The idea isn’t to hinder the creative process – rather to help you create with intentionality.

Creative Exercise 4:

Look for an overused or outdated technique from your area of work. Feel free to reach back ten or twenty years to something that’s currently laughed about or forgotten.

Now take that technique and adopt it – at least for one project. Turn that outdated technique and make it fresh and unique. Use it in a way no one else has thought to use it. Make it your own. Push through the internal and external resistance.

(If you need an example, I designed a logo for Sunday| Mag as an animated GIF – a mockable technology. I’ve kept it and love it.)

Creative Exercise 5:

Do an idea dump. List all your best ideas in a Word document or in a Moleskin, then start fresh. You can come back to the ideas later. But for today’s projects, ignore every one of your ideas/techniques you listed.

This creative challenge might give you indigestion or make your palms sweaty, but that’s good. That’s where innovation starts.


Be sure to check out Created for More, releasing September 1st. It’s a devotional specifically written with you in mind (the creative Christian).

About The Author

Jonathan Malm

Jonathan is a creative entrepreneur and writer. He is the author of "Created for More," a 30-day devotional to help you develop a more creative mind. You’ll find him in San Antonio, Texas, roasting his own coffee beans and enjoying life with his Argentine wife, Carolina. You can follow him on Twitter @jonathanmalm.

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