I began this blog as a way to catalogue my efforts at leading a more creative life through my current pursuits: language learning and food photography. As someone who used to believe creativity was innate and meant for others, I’ve been struggling with working creativity into my day to day routine. I have so many ideas and things I would like to learn but somehow I never go deep enough into each project and I flail around before giving up, convincing myself it isn’t meant for me.
I wanted to find out whether others have the same problem. And so, I dug around on the web and found these useful tips, partly inspired by Sara Rauch’s wonderful article “10 Tips to Nurture Your Creative Life.”
Create a space
Set aside one area in your home to practice being creative everyday. Decorate it with things that inspire you or projects you want to work towards. I converted my desk into my “work area” where I now write blog posts, plan language lessons, read, and practice being creative.
Establish a routine
After creating a space, show up every day at the same time. The goal is to trick your mind to shift into creativity mode by repeating the same actions. In the mornings, I make myself a tea and then head over to my desk to begin for the day.
Take a break
Staring at a blank page for hours on end is mind-numbingly dull and frustrating. When you feel as if you aren’t accomplishing anything, take a break. Walk around outside, go for a run, do some yoga or housework for 30 minutes or an hour. You can always start again when you feel refreshed.
Hold yourself accountable by creating a challenge and setting an end time. Not only will this prevent you from floundering around, it will also give you a reason to show up and a deadline.
Building creativity into your life is not easy. Seek to enjoy daily practice. When that little voice becomes hung up on your “lack of skill,” remember, no one is judging you. Take a break and come back to it with fresh eyes.
Above all, take the curious approach. To live a curious life is to live an interesting and exciting life. Remove the weight of perfectionism and enjoy the journey towards learning a new skill.
How do you practice creativity everyday?