5 Things To Do To Carve Time For Yourself That Will Make You More Creative

Why Focusing on Your Creativity Can Make Your Life Better

Our level of creativity often demonstrates how we express our true self and the frame of mind we’re in at any given time.

The more creative we are, the more we’ll feel we’re contributing in some way, while expressing our uniqueness. The truth is we’re all creative, however, we tend to lose our connection to our creativity based on our life experiences, responsibilities and how we think about our lives.

There are many advantages to developing our creativity, which includes:

  • Generating more happy thoughts and positive emotions.
  • Becoming better problem solvers.
  • Achieving objectives or goals faster.
  • Being recognised as someone who can get things done, resulting in the potential to earn more money.
  • Having a higher level of self-esteem and self-confidence.

The challenge we face is making time to focus on developing our creativity so we can reap its benefits over time.

How to train yourself to be more creative

The good thing about learning to become more creative is that it doesn’t require a lot of time each day. Just like building a physical muscle, we’re learning to develop our mental creative muscles, which will require a regular commitment.

Even 10 minutes per day, six days a week, will give us an hour of creative time per week. Over the course of a year, that will add up to 50 hours, which is a significant amount of time to focus on developing any skill.

5 Things That Can Help Find Time for Creativity

  1. Set a goal for what you want to be creative in. Instead of being vague or general, clearly specifying what or where we want to develop our creativity, is the starting point. It could be becoming more creative in writing or drawing, or in being able to communicate with more flare and originality. The choices are endless, so it’s up to us to identify what we want to give our attention to.
  2. Schedule time in your calendar. If something is not on our calendar, the chances of it getting done are slim or nil. We have to decide how much time we want to allocate for creativity development, how often we’ll spend time on it and when we will begin. Once that’s done, it’s just a matter of scheduling in our diary or calendar.
  3. Use your down time better. We have so much down time every day, which can be used more productively. This may include waiting in a queue to be served or during our daily travel or commute. We can apply the concept of “dead time learning” and use such occasions to focus on developing our creativity. The good thing about this idea is that we don’t have to find additional time — we’re just using our time better.
  4. Find a creativity partner. One thing that moves the needle for most people is having some level of accountability. Having a partner who can challenge and also support us on our quest to be more creative is extremely beneficial. If we’re able to make the process fun, we’re more likely to stay committed to supporting each other.
  5. Spend time in creative environments. The more we’re around other creative people or creative things, the more it’ll have a positive effect on our creativity. We’re naturally attracted to different things so it’s up to us to find things or situations that stimulate our creativity. Attending creative meet-ups and meeting other people who are also keen on developing their creativity is a great way to be part of a creative environment.

If we’re committed and ready to develop our creativity, we’ll find the time for it. When we make the time for it, the more it’ll become part of our daily lives, and the more we’ll want to continue developing our creativity.

Action Step: Give yourself a 90-day challenge, where you spend a certain amount of time, say 15 minutes, four times a week, to focus on becoming more creative in a particular area. That will give you 12 hours of creative time over 90 days and at the end of that period, you can decide whether you want to continue or focus on something new to be creative in.

Question: What is another thing we can do to find time to focus on developing our creativity?

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