Practicing your creativity doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming. Just start be doing the smallest thing.
Here’s the story.
Who’s got two thumbs and thinks that a perfect day would be spent on the couching reading a book cover to cover while stuffing my face with trail mix? This girl.
I think in my heart of hearts I am a truly lazy person, I just try to fight it most days, but every once in awhile my lazy side wins out and I waste time binge-ing on an amazing show (or just a decent one) or reading a book start to finish without moving off the couch. Now, truthfully since having kids these kinds of days are few and far between but a girl can still dream, right?
But, that’s what my laziness looks like – back to yours.
Your laziness might show itself in any number of infinite ways. For that reason, this week I have got 9 ways to start practicing your creativity while putting forth the least amount of effort possible (Sidebar – a top ten list would have been better, but I couldn’t think of a 10th way so I figured a lazy person would just stop at #9). This is practicing your creativity – the lazy way.
Normally we consider someone to be lazy when they don’t want to put forth too much effort, spend too much time on something, or really just commit to anything they might consider “too much”. So how can you stick to those guidelines and still practice your creativity?
Start by doing the smallest thing.
Often time we fail to follow through with new creative ventures, workouts, diets, etc. because in addition to other factors, we try to do to much at once. Instead of setting ourselves up for failure, let’s do the opposite today. What’s the smallest thing you can do to practice your creativity?
What does “doing the smallest thing” look like? I’m so glad you asked!
Name a TV show that you absolutely cannot miss each week (or your favorite sports team that is currently in season). Now, I know there is no way you are going to skip it, so we will just have to work some creative practice into it. Every time a commercial break starts, start writing and don’t stop until the show/game comes back on. Next commercial break – repeat. **For those of you like myself who haven’t watched a commercial in like 4 years, get your writing in at the end of your favorite show. You saved yourself 15 minutes by not watching commercials. Use that time to write.
Get out paper and some paints. Start painting and don’t stop until you have either used every color you have or completing covered the canvas/paper. You don’t need to think about it anymore that.
Get out a piece of paper and start doodling. Don’t stop until you have covered the entire page. You are just doodling, don’t expect it to be a work of art. Let your mind wander and doodle whatever you feel like.
Turn on the shower. Start singing. Don’t stop singing until you turn the water off. One caveat, you can only sing original songs – so you better make it up as you go.
Write down every idea in your head until you get to ten ideas. Don’t edit as you. Most of them will be terrible ideas – write them down anyway. If you do this often enough, chances are there will be some good ideas in there somewhere.
Listen to a podcast or audiobook. Learn something new. You might get inspired and have your next great idea. Take note, I’m not even asking you to put worth the effort to read – you can definitely listen to something while you drive, workout, cook, go for a walk, fold laundry, etc.
Scroll through your camera roll choose 3 unrelated photos and make up a story about them. Tell someone that story. Don’t take new photos, just work with what you already have.
Quit a project. If something no longer inspires you, quit it. . If it no longer inspires you and you don’t want to do, what’s the point?. It’s a waste of your time. Quit it and move on to something that you are excited about.
Maybe you have been holding off starting something new because you haven’t yet finished, X, Y, or Z. So quit it. Don’t let them be your excuse for not trying something new that you are excited about.
Chunk a project down into smaller, realistic pieces. Are you excited + inspired to try something new, but at that same time overwhelmed by it? Break the project down into individual tasks that you can actually work on each day. For example, if you are knitting a new scarf, commit to working on one line a day. If you feel like working on it more than that, awesome, but you won’t feel like a failure for not living up to it if you overcommit yourself.
So to summarize, you should quit when it gets tough and not do anything that requires too much effort.
Kidding. Kind of.
These are ways to get STARTED practicing your creativity. As you continue, you will figure out exactly what you want to do and learn how to make it a part of your daily life.