Making Creativity Happen


    Creativity is the whole process of getting the idea, brainstorming and planning how to make it happen, and carrying out your idea.  You seldom call someone creative if you can’t see the outcome of their ideas.    

 

    It is no use to you, to have creativity, if you seldom do anything with your ideas.  If you don’t sit down and brainstorm your ideas, you will never figure out if they are viable.

So how do I get creativity going?

 
         -Write all your ideas down!  I always carry a small notebook to write my ideas in.  I can not tell you how many times I will look back through a notebook and see an idea I can work on.  I have also "stored" ideas in a notebook so I would not forget them, and then a year later I was able to actually carry them out.  That feeling is awesome.  If you are creative, your original idea stays vivid in your mind, you just need a little nudge or reminder. 
 
 
-Make a mental commitment to work on your idea the following day.  Prepare your work area so that you are ready to hit the ground running.  Put everything you will possibly need within an arms reach of the location you will be working.  If you are a painter this may mean having your brushes, your paint, paper towels and canvas ready to go.
 
 
 -Early in the morning is best!  Get the big rocks in and add the little rocks later.  (Have you heard this saying?)  I often think I will have time later in the day and more chores keep adding on.  By the end of the day, I am exhausted and don't have any motivation to work on my idea.   

 
-You don't want any disruptions.  Make sure you get your water bottle or coffee before you start.  Place them nearby.  Keep your phone on silent or in another room.  Remember to use the restroom too.    

 
-Grab a sweater or make sure you have full temperature control.  Being uncomfortable is a creativity killer.  

 
-Set a timer and work for a specific amount of time everyday.  Ideally 45 minutes works best if you can work uninterrupted, but 30 minutes, or even 20 minutes will work.  You will be surprised at how much you can get accomplished in just 20 minutes of uninterrupted time.   (Hint: If you are using your phone as a timer, turn it on airplane mode or Do Not Disturb mode while your are creating).


Chances are that after you get working you wont want to stop and instead of working for 20 minutes, you will work for an hour.  If you can't continue working and must stop, the motivation with your project may bring you right back the next day!  
 

The more creative blocks that you establish, the more creative and accomplished you will be!  Shoot for at least 3 creative blocks a week, of 20 minutes minimum.  You will surely be surprised at how accomplished you will feel at the end of the week! 

Do you have a time of the day that works best for your creativity?  Will you try making creative blocks for your week?  I would love to hear all about it in the comments below.  

If you take time out to be creative make sure to take a picture and tag me @evercrafty and hashtag #creativeblock.  Thank you!

 



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