Create something amazing

Freelancing can be tough.

It’s not always easy pleasing a client or working under a deadline.

In fact, every once and a while it’s enough to make you want to stop creating…stop designing.

The problem

The problem is, designing has become a business for you.

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I mean, it’s a good problem to have because now you’re making money doing something you love.

But some days the thing you love is also the thing you hate.

And that’s ok.

The solution

If you’re anything like me, I get stuck every once and a while. And I’ve discovered recently that the best way to get un-stuck is to create something amazing.

Make a commitment to yourself today to create something amazing.

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And don’t worry about the money. Don’t worry about ROI. Don’t worry about critics or feedback or politics. Just don’t worry about anything.

Set aside some time this week to create something truly amazing. Maybe something you’ve wanted to do for a long time.

Whether you write the best blog post of your life

or design a new logo just for fun

or redesign your web site

or build a coffee table

or finger paint with your kids

or sculpt a skyscraper out of clay

or paint a masterpiece…

I don’t care what it is you create that’s amazing. Just do it.

You’ll feel better

I promise: if you’ve been stuck in a rut lately, try making something amazing without thinking about the return on your investment or the money you might make or lose from it.

I’d love to see photos of whatever you make that’s amazing. Leave links on this post or in the Millo mastermind group.

Happy creating!

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  1. Hi, I am studying architecture and drawing and designing logos is one of my hobies 🙂 I still couldn`t make money from my hobi but I am feeling great when I have to design something for clients or friends.

  2. I’ve found that whenever you feel stuck, you just need to focus on something else – preferably something that pleases you. As both a full time web and logo designer and a freelance one, I am quite familiar with being stuck and seemingly out of ideas. I am also a hobby digital painter (which I hope to one day devote myself to full time and just do websites as a side means of income) and painting brings me a great deal of pleasure– and lessens the tension over my currently failing logo or web design, since it doesn’t require that much thinking. So even if the result is not something amazingly beautiful, the sole fact that the process of creating/doing something else lets your mind rest for a while, is worth it.

  3. The few of us here in the team have hobbies outside of design that still stir up our creative juices in one way or another. A few examples are Sculpting, Cooking lessons etc. I, personally play music on the side, quite often with gigs in the local arena (Singapore). It’s an awesome getaway and stops you from thinking about work so much.

  4. The one that jumped out at me the most was “finger paint with your kids” I LOVE doing creative things with my kids. Whether I feel I’m in a rut or not, coloring/drawing/painting with the kids always reminds me why I become a designer in the first place, it’s fun. Not to mention, on multiple occasions I’ve gotten inspired during my play sessions with the kids. Color wheel’s be damned, my 3-year-old has shown me some awesome color schemes that I would have never thought to try on my own.

  5. Another great post, Preston. This one was quite different from the usual stuff you post, but I thought it was a good change. You should start posting more content like this is it was so inspiring. I have wanted to try painting for so long. I guess i will try it now.

  6. Preston,

    Your post is like a breath of fresh air! Even if you’re not in a rut, this is sage advice. It’s easy to be sucked into the “I could be doing something more financially productive with my time” or “How am I profiting from this?” destructive thoughts.

    Here’s my link to my “amazing” creative outlet. I paint these just for fun (and for friends – okay, okay, and me too – to use while being nerdy):

  7. So true! I have to spend some time, when available, creating something that is of interest to me. Its such a welcomed change of pace and really helps to settle the creative soul. Plus it could be something you share, add to your portfolio, sell to generate some passive income or simply do just for you and you alone. And best of all its not work, its fun!

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