Being a writer, I have to constantly be on my game to give my clients new, creative ideas to market their company, products or services. There are days when it feels like my creativity is a never-ending treasure chest, while other days my creativity can feel like a hollowed out tree, as I scrape the sides of the bark looking for an ounce of genius or a sliver of unique awareness. I wholeheartedly accept that I'm human and not everyday will I be the writer I strive to be, however, there are many activities I do on a weekly basis that keeps my mind flowing and my creative brain juice in abundance. If you're an artist or you're looking for ways to live more creatively, here are a couple ways I've found to be not only beneficial, but beautifully satisfying.
Put Down Your Digital Devices
I know this is tough, but I want you to try to completely shut off all your digital devices for one hour a day. Hide your phone in your car or a drawer, so you aren't tempted to use it. We are constantly stimulated by our digital devices to the point where it has made most of us unable to concentrate on one task for more than a couple seconds. By completely ignoring your digital devices for an hour a day, it will allow you to daydream or think about particular personal goals you may want to achieve. It's rare when we give ourselves the opportunity to "smell the flowers", however, if you can allow yourself to meander through your brain without fear, you may be surprised on how much more creative you can be in your daily life.
A couple months ago, I purchased an adult coloring book on Amazon. I use it after a long day of work or as a fantastic activity to start my morning. Coloring is an incredible stress reliever and it also helps to settle your brain as you concentrate on the activity at hand. And, it's been proven to increase creativity on the job. If you're looking to get an adult coloring book, here are some resources to get you started on drawing your way to your inner child.
Read a Book
I don't mean read a book on your kindle, I mean pick up an actual, physical book and read. It can be about anything that interests you whether it's science-fiction, a biography, self-help, fiction, fantasy you name it. Reading has many benefits including improving your sense of empathy, it also boosts your vocabulary and decreases cognitive decline as you age. Reading enables you to tap into your imagination. The internet and television throws visuals at us constantly, almost bombarding our brain with visual overload. When you read, you're forced to imagine the words forming together into visuals, which triggers your creative thinking.
Do Something That Scares You
Being creative is about pushing your limits and not being afraid to step into the unknown. Many of us, including myself, are content with waking up, going to work, having some contact with friends or family, going to bed then getting up and doing it all over again. While there's nothing wrong with living this way, it doesn't push you to ever think outside the box. I encourage all of you to try, even if it's once a month, to do something that scares you. It can be as big as rock climbing for the first time, going to a foreign land by yourself or as small as meeting someone new, going to a new restaurant or seeing a piece of art. No matter what your fears are, give in because it only gets good from there.
I am always excited to brainstorm different ways for you to live more creatively. Send me an email to set-up a free 30 minute consultation with me. Looking forward to providing you with ways for you to live a more creative lifestyle.