28. February 2016 · Comments Off on Tips for Tapping into Your Creativity · Categories: creativity · Tags: ,

Waste materials. I have a really hard time with this. I know I need to waste materials in order to practice any sort of craft, especially when it comes to things like experimenting with my Silhouette Cameo and learning to sew. I want everything I do to have a resulting use and purpose. If I’m going to take the time to do it, I want to have something decent to show as a tangible result. But? This really isn’t practical. There need to be “oops” projects and a stash of practice materials.

Don’t push creativity into your free time. Make it a priority and schedule time for it. Oof, this one hits hard! I’ve been trying to schedule craft and blogging time in the evenings after I get home from work. But add in dog-walking, working out, cooking dinner, etc, and before I know it, it’s 10 p.m. and I’m scrambling to finish tomorrow’s post (ahem—that’s exactly what I’m doing now—ahem).

Don’t rush. This one is a direct result of the point above. And I am Oh. So. Guilty. I am constantly thinking of what comes next; check this task off the list so I can keep going, going, going. I am working on slowing down. But it doesn’t come as easy.

Try a different routine. I am an extreme creature of habit. I love schedules. I love to know what’s coming next. But I also know that changing things up can result in a new point of view. And I should make a more concerted effort to shake my usual routine and try something differently.

Relax and get out of your own head. Enough said here.
Create for yourself. Everything else will fall into place. Oh my golly, this is such a good mantra. Why do humans feel it necessarily to constantly compare themselves to others? I do a lot of self-comparing. Maybe not aloud (maybe just aloud to Tom), but definitely inside my own head. I need to shut that voice down.

Do. Not. Multi-task. This is by far the hardest habit to break! Modern technology makes it SO hard to focus for any period of time, whether it’s 15 minutes or 5 hours. I’m drawn to the idea of shutting down my phone for an afternoon and seeing where life takes me. Or maybe a whole weekend!