I try to organize files and folders on my computer (as much as a creative, right-brainer can); however, I do keep one folder that I don’t organize on purpose. I call it my “Inspiration Chest.”
This folder is for things I find on the web or in my work or while reading that instantly hit me as “wonderful.” For some people this might be a chest or a box or a peg board. Mostly, in my folder I keep snapshots of things I just think are cool, or that I find really meaningful or inspirational. These aren’t things I want to keep on Pinterest or on a blog because these are things just for me. My secret stash.
I use it to take record of my subconscious, and to create a “stream” of flowing ideas that help me in times when I’m stuck and when I want to remember what truly inspires me.
I’ve been keeping this “chest” for over a year. Just recently I went back to it to find some interesting trends in the elements I saved.
There are hundreds of images and links in this folder… but the themes I found were: images of old barns and rural places, images of spores and microbes, quirky antique sketches, and design ideas saturated with color.
It’s helpful to look back at what I’ve collected to better define my own aesthetic in the midst of doing creative projects for others.
Sometimes we as creative people can lose “ourselves” in the midst of work or daily life.
It helps to have a collection of things that define you and spring you forward.
Do you do something similar? If you have tried to created “Inspiration Chest” of your own, what new things have you found out about yourself because of this practice?
If you haven’t tried it, why not start now and share with us what your process is like?