These headlines and their variations crowd my news feed almost daily. While these articles can be helpful, especially if you find yourself running out of steam, they can also be hard to put into practice. How likely is it that you'll be able to try new equipment every time you get too far into a routine? Traveling to a new location outside of your city is a great idea, but between three kids, a full-time job and living your life, re-inspiring yourself can quickly become a chore.
What we sometimes forget is that finding inspiration in your field might be best achieved from looking outside of it. When I came across Science Fiction Writer Jamie Todd Rubin's article "How I Kept a 373-Day Productivity Streak Unbroken," I was drawn in like a moth to light. What superhuman is productive for that extended a period of time? I couldn't help but expect an article much like every other advice column. One that promises change then expects humans to become Gods to achieve it.
Surprisingly, the answer, although superhuman in discipline, is a very real take on keeping your creativity alive. And while writing is not photography, Rubin's message will certainly resonate across the entire creative spectrum.
Rubin's article touches on a point that most other "stay inspired" articles haven't yet. This may be because the answer is almost too obvious. Inspiration doesn't have to mean hours on photography Pinterest boards, or expensive weekend trips to distant cities and remote areas. Simply devoting a small part of each day to your passion or craft can mean the difference between "talented" and "inspired."
Even with the life distractions we all face, Rubin plans each day around the 10-30 minutes he can spend writing. Why not do the same with your photography? It doesn't matter if photography is your full time job or you're just starting out and find time to take pictures between restaurant shifts. Find up to 30 minutes a day to take pictures with whatever camera is available (yes, smart phones count) and just press the shutter. As long as you don't forget the basics, even the most mundane subject, when shot 10 different times, can become a renewed inspiration. According to Rubin, it will also make you better at what you love.
How do you stay inspired? If you've put this into practice, how did taking photos every day help you grow? We'd love to hear your thoughts and success stories on staying passionate!