You cannot paint a picture without paint and you cannot be creative without stimuli. This can make long periods of working from home particularly difficult for creatives. With your typical access to organic stimuli diminished and working from what’s likely to be a more cramped, less engaging space, you might need a little help recharging your idea bank. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a shortlist of six digital tools to help kick start your creativity.
- Pinterest – create your own virtual inspiration board.
You’re probably already familiar with Pinterest. It’s the social network where you can create digital bulletin boards to post images, videos, and quotes from around the web. Try creating a board and filling it with things that inspire you. If you want to add your own original content, just post it to one of your other personal social media accounts first and pin it from there. This is a great way to collect and keep inspiration at your fingertips, even when working in a limited space.
- BRAINSTORM – collaborate on a brainstorm with anyone from anywhere.
Two heads are better than one. Invite others into your creative void and paint some new colors onto the walls of your imagination with BRAINSTORM Online. It’s a tool created by professional creatives to fuel creativity by providing a consistent, efficient, effective way to build and conduct brainstorming sessions in cyberspace. BRAINSTORM is pretty unique, and will definitely help you harness the power of creative collaboration.
- Coffitivity – fill your sterile workspace with ambient sounds from social environments.
Coffitivity provides a selection of ambient sound profiles from cafes, offices, universities, and more, to transport you from your lonely home office to a more vibrant workscape. In turn, boosting your mood and energy to help you feel more inspired.
- BēHance – discover graphic design work from talented creatives around the globe.
One of the best things about working at a creative agency is peeking over the shoulders of your clever colleagues. After all, what’s better than sparking off the embers of others’ creative fires? Thanks to BēHance, you can enjoy that experience wherever you are.
- Penzu – try digital journaling with a private and secure platform.
Ideas are often fleeting and elusive. When interesting notions drift across your mind as you oscillate between concentration and daydreaming, it’s good to be prepared to jot them down. Capturing these idea fragments can potentially jolt your creativity later.
- Podcast Addict – explore the world without leaving your desk.
Try seeking out interesting podcasts from or about far-flung places and experiences you aren’t familiar with, to gain new insights and points of reference you can draw inspiration from. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- The Big Travel Podcast
- Travel With Rick Steves
- Indie Travel Podcast
- Amateur Traveler
- We Travel There
- Travel Today with Peter Greenberg
- Extra Pack Of Peanuts Travel Podcast
- This Week In Travel
Enjoy testing out these tools. We hope they help you not only get creative but make working, especially remote working, a bit better in general. Good luck.