Habits are one of the most powerful techniques we can use to help us do things automatically and without thinking. By developing creative habits we can we avoid the pain of struggling to haul ourselves to the page or canvas every time we wish to create, instead finding ourselves lost in the midst of creating before we've even realised it.
There are some key elements to developing a creative habit for life that will make creating so much easier for you. Here are the steps to follow:
- Start with a reachable goal. If you say to yourself "Right, I'm going to create every single day without fail for the rest of my life!" then just the thought of that is very intimidating and instantly puts you under a lot of pressure. Although it's about creating - something you love and enjoy - it comes across more like a life sentence!
So instead, start with just 30 days. Say to yourself: "For the next 30 days, I'm going to create a little each day and note down what I create at the end of each day. Then at the end of 30 days I'll see how I've got on, notice what's worked well and what has, and progress from there."
- A little each day. Next is to set a do-able amount each day. Expecting to create for 3 hours a day again is intimidating and such a high expectation it will only intimidate you and could cause your creativity to dry up completely.
So, aim for just 15 minutes of creating a day. Choose a time of day that works best for you. We all have our preferred times, whether early morning, mid afternoon or late at night. Pick what works for you, block out that little 15 chunk of time in a calendar or diary and commit to it each day.
- Recognise the extent of your creativity. We tend to only consider ourselves as being creative if we're engaged in some widely recognised art form, like painting or sculpting or writing. Of course these are creative acts, but to acknowledge ONLY these is to do yourself and your creativity a great disservice.
Creativity is a way of thinking, being and doing, it's not just about making art. You're creative in how you plan your day, in how you prepare meals, and in how you nurture and develop relationships to name just three. Think of ALL the different ways your creativity comes into play and realise just how creative you already are.
Pay attention to these 3 key areas and you'll begin to develop a powerful daily creativity habit in a matter of days. After your first 30 days, congratulate yourself, and begin another 30, this time expanding your daily creative time to 20 or 30 minutes.
Continue to build steadily and you'll have in place a creativity habit that will serve you well for the rest of your life.
Would you like to kick-start your creativity today? Then download your free copy of the powerful and practical Explode Your Creativity! Action Workbook at http://www.CoachCreative.com. From Creativity Coach Dan Goodwin.