Thursday, 14 April 2016

5 ways to bring creativity into a busy everyday life


I'm not a full time blogger, nor am I a full time writer, painter, musician, chef or any other creative profession. That said, I love to write, take pictures and create things. It can be hard to find the time when juggling a 'normal' career and home life, but I'm learning that there are ways in which creative activities can be included in each and every day no matter how busy you are.

So why be more creative? Even if you don't think of yourself as particularly artsy, finding a creative passion and devoting a small part of your day or week to it can be an amazing form of therapy. Creativity is a great outlet for stress and can have calming effects that overflow into your daily life, making you happier as well as more focused and more productive.

1. Just add colour

So this is a simple one, but I've found recently that using a pack of coloured pens in all my 'to do' lists at work and at home has been weirdly motivating. You could even try starting a bullet journal (check this post by the lovely Hannah Gale out to find out how they work) which allows you to be more creative in the way you set out your day.

2. Embrace technology

If you're artistic but don't have the space or the time to set up an easel or crafts room (who really does?) there are tonnes of apps for iPads and other tablets now that give you the freedom to paint and draw. Have a peek at the app store and whatever takes your fancy spend 15 minutes of your lunch break or commute doodling away. It's guaranteed to relax.

3. Change up your reading material

If you're the sort of person that usually reads magazines, newspapers and articles on your phone, switch it up with some genre fiction (think sci-fi, post-apocalyptic or whirlwind romance) to transport yourself to another world. There are also some great motivational books out there written by creatives that are sure to inspire. I'm excited to soon be reading Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear which countless people have recommended to be.

4. Choose structured creativity

Many people (myself included) have become obsessed with adult colouring books and writing prompt books lately. I recently picked up 642 Things to Write About and there are activities both long and short, I also had a copy Wreck this Journal at university that was so much fun to spend time on in between essay sessions.

5. Reduce your screen time

I know I just told you to download some apps but I suppose in the end there is one thing that's sucking up most of our free time these days, and that's the internet. If you're feeling bored, uninspired and like you can't relax then nothing beats putting away your phone and doing something you really love. You might feel like you don't have enough time to bother doing this, but using an app like Moment to track just how much time you really spend watching snapchats and scrolling through twitter might make you thing twice. Take creative ownership of your free time and stop letting the phone win.

How do you inject creativity into your everyday life? Let me know in the comments below.
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5 comments

  1. Colouring is one of my favourite things to do after a long day at work, it really helps me unwind and relax! X

    Everything But The Kitchen

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  2. Loved this post! :) I inject creativity into my everyday life through writing, whether it's for my blog or for myself. Taking notes, coming up with ideas & writing stories - that's my way of being creative. Also reading too of course as I believe it really does boost creativity. I've read Big Magic as well, it's such an amazing book & I'm sure you'll love it x

    Sara / AboutLittleThiings

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  3. When I saw this post, Big Magic instantly popped into my head so it's funny that you mention it! I read it this month and although I didn't agree with everything she said, there were some really helpful ideas and it's just a great little nudge to remember the importance of creativity. I'd love to hear what you think of it once you've read it!

    Sarah
    http://www.sarahschapter.co.uk

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  4. Adult colouring books are definitely my favourite. I love the idea of using colour at work, too - I might take some pens in tomorrow and give it a try!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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  5. Cool tips! Now that I work from home I can sure use some these tips to boost up my creativity! :)
    Thanks for sharing.
    Do drop by my blog as well : http://styleovercoffee.com :)

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