Bringing incredible creative projects to life demands much hard work down in the trenches of day-to-day idea execution. Genius truly is “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” But we cannot forget the flip side of that 99% — it’s impossible to solve every problem by sheer force of will. We must also make time for play, relaxation, and exploration, the essential ingredients of the creative insights that help us evolve existing ideas and set new projects in motion.To keep your creative mind sharp as a knife, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite tips on aha moments and pushing through creative blocks. — Why Sharing Your Work, Setbacks & Struggles Breaks Creative Blocks Trying to figure out how to overcome that nagging creative block? Talk it out with someone who knows absolutely nothing about what you do. — How Rejection Breeds Creativity With a few small changes in your mindset, you can turn rejection into a dramatic boost for your motivation and focus. — Is An Inner Argument Holding Back Your Productivity? Do you have a chorus of voices chiming in whenever you have to make a big decision? How to get your inner selves to work together. — The Cure for Creative Blocks? Leave Your Desk. Feeling stuck? New research suggests that leaving your desk, traveling to far-flung places, and spending time alone all improve your creative thinking. — Why Boredom Is Good for Your Creativity Why does boredom always emerge just as you’re about to get in gear on a creative project? And is it possible that it could actually help you? — Are You an Armchair Creative? It turns out that armchair creatives actually get MORE done. Find out how alternating intense “desk focus” with a relaxed setup can increase productivity. — Download the desktop wallpaper: 1920 x 1200 | 1366 x 768 | 1280 x 1024 | 1280 x 800 | 1024 x 800 — Learn more about creating great work every single day in our new 99U book: Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind.