Great creative habits for you to implement
Did you know that a few simple habits can make an immediate difference to your creativity? And I am talking about a positive influence.
Once formed, these habits will have a long-lasting effect. Just as ‘bad habits’ eat away at us and have negative effects, ‘good habits’ are the opposite. Take one habit at a time, keep at it for up to 28 days, and you’ll find the habit is formed. It will become part of you; a creative habit to fuel your ideas.
Take five minutes each day to clear your mind of everything, or as much as you can. Keep it simple, a basic breathing exercise… in through the nose out through the mouth. Perhaps with a simple image in your mind, the sea, a mountain, a cloud. This will help build up your sense of self. When you know your ‘self’, you’ll be closer to the creative genius that you are.
This does not mean books only, but that is as good a place as any to start. The habit is to set aside time and space each day to read. Begin to see that the ideas of others are as important as your own. In the busyness of trying to be creative, it is easy to forget about feeding ourselves.
This is all about not being afraid to have a go. It is about giving yourself permission to create rubbish, to make a mess, to do something that may well be thrown away. (I battle with this, my minimalist nature and desire not to waste are at odds – but I try.)
If you have an idea, just a glimmer, pull out a piece of paper, or any other medium you use, and get on with it. It doesn’t need to be perfect, in fact, it shouldn’t. This will get you into the habit of capturing ideas and letting them develop in a quick and easy way. Then you can choose to develop and create a final piece or, throw it away.
This can be done in a variety of ways from simple notepads to online scrapbooks. The habit is similar to meditation, in that you are focusing on self. However, as opposed to clearing your mind by thinking of nothing, here you clear your mind by writing, drawing or sticking all the thoughts and ideas, fears and worries, hopes and dreams into your journal. It has the added benefit of being a constant source of inspiration as you reread what you have added.
Have you any idea how much ‘dead’ time you have… stuck in meetings, on hold whilst making a call or crashed out watching that very interesting documentary on the life-cycle of the newt? Utilise that time by doodling. Keep a small, cheap blank pad and pencil handy when you’re having these ‘down times’ and simply doodle away. The shapes you doodle may make connections, they may spark creativity and then… off you go. Of course, you should always have a capture device nearby but this is for when you are not thinking about being creative at all. And remember, doodling is doodling not drawing.
There are plenty creative habits. If you have any creative habits to add, do leave a comment. In the meantime, pick a habit and begin.