When most people think of a software developer or programmer they imagine a nerdy, pocket protector wielding type who never sees the sunlight and has no creative inclination whatsoever. However, this stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth. To develop software programmes and solutions that make the world a better place requires a certain degree of creativity.

In this three-part post, we’ll look at nine ways to help keep the creative juices flowing as a software developer or programmer.

Learn a new language

As a programmer, you’re always learning new languages either for fun or for necessity but this is a good example from your work life that can impact your personal life and vice versa. Don’t limit yourself to what you know get out there and learn a new skill to keep the creative juices flowing.

Question everything

Questioning everything means taking everything you know and making sure it’s correct. Rejecting the status quo can be scary but at times but it encourages creativity especially when you need to find new ways of doing things

Find a passion

Passion and creativity go hand in hand. If you are not passionate about what you do, there’s no way that you can expect to be creative. You need to eat, sleep and breathe software development or programming and enjoy the complexities and challenges of the job. Building the box and then thinking outside of it need to be at the heart of who you are.

Don’t miss part two of our post where we look at three more tips to help keep the creative juices flowing.

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