If you’re creative, you know how drained you are at the end of the day from giving so much of yourself at work. “Creating” can be exhausting. That’s why it’s important to refill your creativity well and nurture your soul so you don’t get burned out. Setting aside time to take care yourself can help. Here are 5 ways to make more room for creativity in your life.
1. Take pictures. Thanks to smart phones, many of us can take pictures of things that inspire us whether we’re on a walk or out to eat. Take pictures of wildflowers, the cup of hot chocolate at your local café, children with smiles on their faces, anything that inspires you. Taking pictures helps you to appreciate the loveliness of everyday things which will inspire your work.
2. Honor your time. If you want to finish writing a book, you need to hone your craft every day and not make excuses. Even if they don’t feel inspired, successful writers, artists, photographers and other creative entrepreneurs take their creative time rather than waiting until the creative muse hits.
3. Live in the moment. You’ll do your very best creative work when you’re fully engaged in the present. Leave yesterday’s mistakes in the past, stop worrying about tomorrow and live for today. When you’re at work and you find your mind drifting, focus your attention on your body and current surroundings and you’ll come back to the current moment.
4. Make your office a creative workspace. If you want to be inspired by the place where you do your creative work, you’ll want to spend one day at least twice a year enhancing your creative space. Consider hanging a big bulletin board on the wall where you can pin magazine pages, pictures and color combinations that inspire you. One glance at your board and your creative juices will start flowing.
5. Do something you’ve always wanted to do. Lots of us put off pleasure and fun until we have more time, more resources and more money. Rather than make excuses, why not figure out how to do what you’ve always wanted to do? Have you always wanted to take a European vacation? Maybe you could cut back on monthly expenses over the next year and save enough to go. It’s exciting to think you could do something you’ve always wanted to do and these good feelings lead to creativity and will fill up your creative well.