6 Tips to Be More Creative Everyday

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.

My Inspiration board, messy and full of inspiring experiences, located just above my desk.


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.

Challenge yourself

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.

Have fun!

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.

Be curious

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?


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Irene says:

    I can relate. There is so much I would like to do- and sometimes it is overwhelming… and if I don’t create- (Write…paint….etc….) then I can go a little bonkers. I am one of those people who needs to express myself before I burst. I have actually been struggling the last few days with …Should I write today… or should I pull out my watercolors….. Great post! Great tips!

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    1. Tiffany says:

      Thank you, Irene! I am hoping I struck a happy medium between painting for 30 minutes and writing every day. I always get stuck when I’m writing, especially in the beginning, so I’ve been trying to give myself painting breaks until I feel like the writer’s block has disappeared for the moment. Maybe that will also help you!


  2. Tabitha says:

    I truly wish i were more creative. Sometimes i think it’s something your born with and people like me have to work super hard with it.


    1. Tiffany says:

      I completely understand. I’m working hard at it, especially with reminders to myself that it is not always innate.


  3. I truly believe that every single person is creative in his own way. And she/he can train his creativity to make it even bigger. It’s all about having the willingness to be more creative and working in this direction.

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  4. Loved this! It’s been something I’ve struggled with ever since I graduated from high school (almost 10 years ago now). I used to draw, write, dance…. my life was always based on creativity until I got to college. Thanks for the great tips!


    1. Tiffany says:

      I feel like my creative journey is just beginning! Here’s to hoping you can get back into it 🙂


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