You can go about your daily life hoping that ideas will strike you out of the blue, but you’ll have much better luck if you design a creativity routine and stick to it. Much like fitness, healthy eating and paying your bills on time, creativity should be a habit that you commit time and energy to.
Designing your creative routine and committing to implementing it can have a powerful impact on your business success. When you stay connected to your creative spirit, you will find yourself feeling more grounded, less overwhelmed and more excited about the possibilities looming on the horizon.
When you are disconnected from your creative core, you are disconnected from the source of ideas, belief and the lifeblood of your business which is your creative genius.
What is a creativity routine?
A creativity routine means spending a little time each day creating, preferably at a set time if you’re a busy person. It includes warming up (this could be something like meditating or listening to music, lighting a candle or picking out art supplies to use), going over ideas, and doing your actual creative work.
What types of activities could be included in a creativity routine?
Writing, journaling, painting, coloring, doodling, gardening, arranging flowers, dancing… there is no right or wrong way to express your creativity. The trick to creating a successful habit around creativity is to detach from the outcome of what you create. Use this time to just play – there is no need to focus on making something useful or useable. Just put words, colors, lines and shapes onto paper, canvas or anything else. When was the last time you played with sidewalk chalk? The goal is to connect to your creative spirit and let it flow through you.
I have a client who has been having trouble sleeping because her mind feels so full of ideas, concerns and thoughts about her business. I asked her to create a routine of coloring each night before bed. I gifted her a new box of crayons and a large drawing pad to play with. Today she reported that she is feeling more calm and is able to allow some of her overwhelm to flow onto the paper so her mind feels more restful.
I love to grab a blank journal and just paint colors on the page in preparation for creating a collage or art journal page. I let myself connect to the colors to see what feels like the perfect palette and I just paint… it feels so freeing to just play with color without trying to make something beautiful or unique or special. It’s just about enjoying the process.
I encourage you to keep a journal nearby for ideas or random thoughts that do arise. You never know when a moment of insight or genius will strike that may be totally unrelated to the activity you are doing. Just capture it in a few words, say thank you to the idea, then go back to your creative play.
If you are willing to do this for a bit daily, it’s much easier to get into the creative zone on command at other times. You also give yourself plenty of opportunities for coming up with and developing new ideas. I guarantee that with a simple routine in place, your creative output will be much higher.
Start by deciding how much time a day you’ll devote to being creative, and what time of the day is best for your creative rhythms. You don’t have to restrict yourself to only this time; there may be other time you can devote to creativity. But make sure that you spend at least this time letting the creativity flow.
Do you have a creativity routine? If so, what works best for you? If not, what might a perfect creativity routine look like?