Are you a passionate creative? If yes, look for some extra time to make more art. It’s a brilliant opportunity to relax your brain and get your hands busy. Usually, you’ll find these little pockets of time during weekends, vacations and holidays. So many of us are preoccupied, but with proper time management, you can establish a daily creative routine that can keep you going. For a few minutes every day, you can enjoy the calmness and practice the process.
- Keep it short. If needed, set a timer.
Begin with short day-to-day doses of creativity. Start the morning with a cup of tea or coffee for 10 to 15 minutes. But, if you’re not feeling so creative, sneak it right after lunch time. I suggest putting together a setup in the corner of your kitchen and let meal time serve as a reminder for that little creative routine.
Look for a time that works perfectly for you. Keep it consistent and short. If needed, use a timer. Eventually, you’ll realize the benefits of this golden time, until you start allocating more from your busy schedule. Start small. Start today.
- Create a special set up.
We’re not always in the mood for some creative work. If you’re always scurrying about looking for your materials, you’re less likely to enjoy the creative process. Help yourself switch to “creation mode” quickly. Pick the best place, gather the materials, and make the space inviting.
Having a beautiful setup at home with amazing supplies will surely help summon more passion and creativity. Use high-quality paper for painting and sketching. Display your sketching pens, markers, indigo ink and watercolors in a grab-ready, curated arrangement. Keep them organized, neat and pleasing to the eyes. This can serve as an invitation to start your practice and calm your mind.
- Set a goal for your daily creative practice.
Remember, you’re on a mission to decrease work and increase the fun. Most probably, your daily life is all about work with a jam packed to-do list. That’s not life is all about. Daily creation serves as your natural connection to joy and fun. It will remind you to slow down and enjoy life’s little moments. Believe it or not, colors can help you shift to your own happy place. Thus, focus on unique combinations and exploration.
- Do creative work for the process, not the results.
The goal of daily creative practice is to enjoy the entire process. Apart from reducing stress and anxiety, it increases the joy in your life. By focusing on the process and calming your mind, you can experience moments of fun and joy. If you practice in the morning, you can carry that over for the rest of your day. Sometimes, the actual art can be terrible. In some instances, it will be brilliant. That shouldn’t be your main concern, though. Focus on the benefits, the process.
- Inspire yourself.
Create a folder of cards, coasters, photos, magazine swipes, gift wrappers and other things that inspire you. You can even take the digital route by curating a Pinterest board to catalog art and color combinations that speak to your soul. Glance back to these things once in a while. The result of your art may not look like these inspirations, but it’s beneficial to have a good starting point.
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