We all work 9to5 or freelance or something else; for long working hours, same project, sometime mundane work, right? Then how you keep your self creative? I personally make small side project on weekend and learn something to keep my creative juices flowing. *What do you do? *
Make tobacco pipes in my shop.
May or may not actually be tobacco
Woodworking is a whole new world of craft and analysis. Highly recommend. 10/10
Odd that there's so much woodworking in this thread already, but a few years ago I took up spoon carving and it's a very pleasant counterpart to being on a keyboard all day.
I think in general I'd recommend finding a creative hobby that's more tactile, physical, etc. Something that doesn't involve looking at a screen. Maybe that's carving, maybe that's sewing, doesn't really matter as long as you're using your hands to create a physical object.
I recently discovered playing music is a nice alternative to design. It's just as complex and creative as ux/visual design.
I sit in 12-15 meetings a day, I can't wait to get back to being creative.
When Im in meetings I have such a hard time going BACK to being creative. Especially if I was in the zone beforehand.
I've recently started knitting as a type of creative output outside of the digital world on the screen. It's been surprisingly fun and enjoyable!
A couple years ago I started a band that I'm sort of the CEO of. From writing the music, to marketing, to designing the site, I've used it as my main creative outlet. It's hands down the thing I've been most passionate about.
Endless side projects. I mainly garden, bake, follow baseball, or price out /plan trips. Sometimes I pick up very simple freelance work that I can be creative without needing too much energy.
I do illustrations/doodles and mandalas to break the norm and keep my sanity
I work on my music.
Lots of walking meetings. When you need creativity, you've got to encounter the world and have reactions to it.
Photography + using said photography in side design projects, such as album art and posters
Cooking. I have some favorite recipes that I 'iterate' on frequently. Also going outside and just being in nature. I work in the city and live in the city so seeing more trees and less concrete for a day usually does the trick.
Multiple home projects, mostly offline - I try to make things with my hands which is a welcomed break from the keyboard. Projects include; painting, drawing, sewing, diy, gardening and most recently I started converting a van into a camper.
I (try) to work on my own car. It's very satisfying after you finally manage to fix that one thing, also it saves a shit ton of $$ if you learn to do it yourself!