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10 Things you need in your Creative Space

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Great ideas cunning plans

1. A Notebook for your cunning plans

World domination on the brain? Keeping your ideas noted is essential for any creative person, as we attempt to grab those cunning plans and take them into action before someone else out there in cyberspace decides to. Treasure this book as the most prized possession you have and keep all of your thoughts locked swiftly away in one place. Take it everywhere – your next game-changing idea could come anywhere, anytime. Read more: 10 things you need in your creative space.

2. Coffee

There really is no need to elaborate any further. Pulled an all nighter? Coffee. Monday morning? Coffee. Thought it was Friday and its only Wednesday? Coffee. All the time, coffee.

3. A Reading Light

For those late nights working away on your latest and greatest ideas or just to shed some extra light on a grey and miserable day – be sure to invest, there are some great shades out there.

4. A Mood Board

Regardless of whether you’re an artist in the physical sense or creating art in the digital world, a mood board is a great way to get your ideas flowing and see where you end up. One small idea can quickly become transformed into a world takeover extravaganza right before your eyes.

5. To-Do Lists

Even if they’re a little monotonous at times, to-do lists are a great way to keep track of everything you want to achieve in that day and monitor your progress. After all, distractions are a plenty with the interwebs at your finger tips.

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6. An Inspirational Book (for an educational break)

But if you are going to distract yourself, make it an educational one. Inspire yourself with books of interest – not just those directly related to your craft. Writing books are great for writers, but as soon as you dabble in something outside your realm – lets say French culture and mannerisms – you begin to gain a new perspective on your day. There’s also the off-chance it might influence your work or spark a new idea.

7. A Collection of Things that Inspire You

Whether its a movie ticket, postcard from your trip to Italy or a polaroid with friends – small reminders of happy moments are a great way to brighten any down day (sadly they’re inevitable).

8. Stationary

Once a practical tool, now a statement in interior design itself. StationaryΒ sales have soared in recent years. Who knew there were so many types of black pens available…Β 

9. Order

“Organized chaos” as I like to say. Although its easy to create a big mess during the creative process and go off on a tangent (or twelve), its a good idea to keep some sort of order and always ensure you leave your desk tidy at the end of the day. That way when you come back tomorrow, you’ll start off on a clean slate.

10. A Mantra

Having a mantra for your creative space may sound silly or whimsical at first – but believe me when I say it is of the utmost importance. Whether its as cliche as “seize the day” or as vague as “do more”… choose a short phrase that you need to remind yourself of each day and have it appear somewhere in your creative space as a reference.

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    Sharon Paavola
    November 30, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Good ideas – would appreciate some examples of mood boards. Liked your blog on Creative Space, too!

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    November 27, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Could you make it possible for your readers to answer each others comments easily? πŸ™‚
    Really liked this post, since I recently moved I get a chance to do a ‘do-over’ and had just decided to put up a bulletin board (not sure if it’s the correct word) and plan on filling it with nice notes from my best friends, a photo of them and a very inspirational mantra ^^
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    November 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I just read a book that gave me a great idea for a post on my blog – definitely a great tip! Journals and to-do lists are also SO effective when you’re at a dead end for ideas.

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    November 24, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I have almost all of these things and they are all must-have’s. Amazing post! I love ur page:)X Check my blog <3

    The Queen of Dreaming
    November 24, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Great tips! Thanks!

    November 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Everything on that list is a must for me! πŸ™‚ Great post

    Jenn Besonia
    November 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Hot dark chocolate drink all the time for me. πŸ™‚

    November 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I need to work on creating a mobile creative space – a notebook for ideas is absolutely on that list. Plus I’m working to create a mood and inspiration board on pinterest!

    November 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Stationary, with an “a”, means to stay, with an “a”; stationery, with an “er”, is paper, with an “er”.

    Elizabeth Rebecca
    November 23, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Hahaha – I’m not a coffee drinker but I do have a constant supply of hot chocolate instead.

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    November 23, 2014 at 6:07 am

    This is a great list! Gave me some ideas for Christmas shopping and my own creative space.

    November 22, 2014 at 8:44 am

    I should really have a mantra.. Need to get one…

    November 21, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    A mood board! I’d love to see a post on mood boards!

    November 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Just curious, what’s your mantra, Brooke?!

    November 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    love all of these things! I find my self making lists in my notebook every 5 minutes!

    Kaitlyn xo

    November 21, 2014 at 8:19 am

    This is all so true! Especially the to do lists. I live for to do lists.

    November 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

    A notebook! I always have it on me, and a pen of course! You never know when you’ll have right something down! But I always lose that pen somewhere….!

    November 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Brilliant ideas, thanks for sharing! I agree with your tips, it’s definitely important to have the right space in order to be productive and successful! πŸ™‚
    Hannah x

    Malonda Rose
    November 21, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Never thought of a moodboard before! Thank you for the tips.

    November 21, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Coffee and notebook are at the top of my list as well as a to do list, I can’t live without my to do list, I get too distracted if I don’t have one
    xx, Jodi

    November 21, 2014 at 4:54 am

    What a great list! I’m moving soon and looking for all kinds of inspiration for my new “office” space…which will really just be a desk!

    November 21, 2014 at 3:24 am

    I think I really need this book! Already had seen it on some other blogs, but reading an inspirational book is always a good thing to get yourself some creativity πŸ™‚

    Great tips!

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    November 21, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Great tips notepad definitely a must how many times have we had great ideas then forgot about them. Also love things that inspire you and reading.

    Sabine @ thetravellingchilli
    November 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    I so fully agree with this. And in all, the most important thing (especially when working in the morning) is Coffee!!! After that, the creativity will come automatically…I always hope… πŸ™‚

    November 20, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Definitely agree with this list – and the mantra is actually a super good idea

    rae of love from berlin

    November 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Yep – agree with all of this!

    November 20, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Great tips Brooke!

    November 20, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Great Tips! I also think a designated work area is a great tool. If you think you’re going to get work done sat on the sofa, or nestled in bed- its never going to happen! I always thinking sitting at a desk are or table makes your mind switch to work mode!

    tash x

    Clipping Path Outsource
    November 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Wow! great Brooke, I accept your tips. Thanks for shearing.

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    November 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Fantastic idea, I love coffee. Thanks for sharing nice tips.

    November 20, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    love love the tips! i do some of them, but dono how to make mood board ? elaborate please

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    November 20, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I love these ideas! I carry my notebook with me everywhere, it’s so valuable to write down inspiration whenever it strikes!

    November 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    These are great ideas, especially having a mantra. It’s so important but people often forget! Coffee and some mood music work great for me.

    November 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I definitely need a notebook and coffee!

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    LEE @ Modern Granola
    November 20, 2014 at 10:19 am

    My mantra is “breathe,” and sometimes, “think with a smile.” (I’m a frowner : / ) Great list!

    November 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I love the last one – a mantra! It may be intangible but is so important!

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    Marie @ Marie Away
    November 20, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Great ideas! Funny, I also just finished reading that book!
    I love coffee, but I’m sensitive to caffeine, so I’ve opted for tea recently… which has been awesome since now I can refill my cup endlessly without getting shaky.

    November 20, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Such wonderful ideas! I think its time for me to redo my desk. I really like the idea of a mantra. One of my life mottos is “adventure is out there” (in Ellie from Up’s voice of course. I think I need to get that framed and hung somewhere in my creative space.

    November 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

    I love inspirational books! I’m currently reading Under the Tuscan Sun and it has inspired bursts of creativity. Thanks for the tips!

    November 20, 2014 at 7:29 am

    I totally agree with the notepad and a to-do list. There is something about having it on a to-do list, I always get it finished faster. I love the satsifaction of crossing it off the list.

    November 20, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Love that note pad! I saw the ‘How to be Parisian” book in Urban Outfitters, tempted to buy it!

    November 20, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I love this post. I can’t wait for my new diary to start making to-do lists for next year…. I feel like a need a mantra but I just haven’t come across one yet I don’t think.

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    November 20, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I was thinking of reading How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are. I assume you like it, maybe I will give it a shot!

    November 20, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I love this! My creative self feel so inspired πŸ™‚

    Leah of The Mochilera Diaries
    November 20, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Hahaha yes, #2 definitely! And I’m going to have to give #10 a try, I love the idea of a mantra! Why didn’t I think of that before! Could certainly use some motivation to stay focused when I’m in the creative “zone.”

    November 20, 2014 at 6:51 am

    Ahhh where is that notebook from?! It’s gorgeous! Thanks for the tips too πŸ™‚