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Some must-dos to start your creative journey, according to music artist TJ Monterde

Languishing in a creative slump lately? It happens. If you’re having trouble with your creative process, there’s no need to worry. It’s normal, everyone goes through it every once in a while, and it is only temporary.

People employ different methods to get their creative streak flowing, but we may be able to learn from Filipino singer-songwriter TJ Monterde, who follows a unique process that helps him bring out his most creative self. Perhaps these things may be of use to us as well:

Catch up on sleep—and take note of your dreams!

Of course, everyone needs their ZZZs as sleep contributes to one’s productivity.  TJ Monterde takes it a notch higher by taking note of his dreams, especially the tunes he can remember. Sleep refreshes his mind to provide new inspiration for his craft. Try it yourself—you might just discover exciting ideas that your mind can only dream up during slumber. 

Have a space dedicated to your creative work


Being a singer-songwriter, TJ Monterde has an area exclusively for his use. In this intimate space, he produces music freely, sets the mood for the work he wants to make, and immerses himself in his creative process, all of which contribute to the creation and finalization of his output. You can also do the same: Set your own little creative space and make it as personalized as possible. Design your own little world where you’re free to create and let your imagination fly. 

Get the best tool to help you bring out your most creative work—anytime, anywhere

TJ Monterde

Having a dedicated space for your creative work is good, but sometimes, processing your creative ideas means more than just having a space—it also means having the right tool at hand. A tool that will allow you to turn any location into a creative workspace, where you can continue working on your passions. 

For TJ Monterde, the Dell XPS-15 fits the bill, and more. The Dell XPS (XPS meaning “eXtreme Performance System”) is a series of consumer-oriented, high-end laptop and desktop computers that serve well for artists and creative people, like Monterde himself. 

With the help of the XPS-15, Monterde can unleash his creativity anytime, anywhere. This new device has also allowed him to move and connect to other passions beyond his work: He uses his Dell XPS-15 to watch movies and even chat with family and friends.

The new Dell XPS 15 has the 11th Gen Intel Core i9-11900H Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, 4GB GDDR6, 45W, 32 GB, 2 x 16 GB, DDR4, 3200 MHz, 1 TB, M.2., PCle NVMe, SSD, and has a stunning display to boot. All these features fuel your wildest imaginations and creations, helping artists think out-of-the-box and explore possibilities. Dell pushes the envelope even further with TJ Monterde in their “Expand Your YOUniverse” campaign, motivating users to unlock their passion and hone their craft.

Have a good cup of coffee at hand

No day is complete without a good cup of joe. Especially for TJ, who finds his morning ritual of preparing coffee an essential step in his process. Beginning his day with a moment of peace and concentration provides the much-needed calm before a storm of ideas and creativity. It’s scientifically proven! If coffee isn’t for you, there are plenty of other options: iced milk tea, hot choco, or even warm milk might work.

Connect with other universes

TJ Monterde

Having a strong support system never fails anyone. You think better and have more rational decisions when you have family, friends, a partner, or just people you’re comfortable with supporting all your endeavors. Having people like them in your life also allows you to have new sources of ideas and creativity, as TJ Monterde would attest to–simply talking and engaging with his wife, friends, family, and fans excites him and gets his creative juices flowing. For him, it does a great deal for his creative process when he gets to connect with his fans as “two universes collide.”

To find out more about the Expand Your YOUniverse campaign with TJ Monterde, watch it here. Don’t forget to visit the Expand Your YOUniverse site while you’re at it, just click or tap right here.

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