Please raise your hand if you don’t know how to be more creative and it’s stopping you from living your purpose (yet).
When you wake up in the morning and you go to work, tired and a little dissatisfied, you can’t wait to do the work that you really consider your true work. The work you do in your spare time.
The job that pays your bills is actually ok. There are moments you enjoy it, but it is not what you want to do forever. And it’s definitely not what you thought you’d be doing at this point in your life.
You thought you’d be spending your days on your own schedule, doing creative work, perhaps sharing your work with a lot of people.
Living a successful life doing interesting things. And living in a nice place with nice things.
Or maybe you’ve never known what you wanted to be “when you grow up”, you just know it wasn’t this.
But then, as it always does, life happens. Perhaps you started a family. That certainly changes focus for a while and keeps you busy.
Knowing what to create has been a never-ending process. Staying focused on one idea, and passion has been really difficult because they keep changing.
A girl’s gotta make a living, so you’ve got on with doing just that
You have probably tried many things, but there is still that feeling inside you that there is more you need to do in your life.
OMG, I can relate to it all!
Well dearest creative, there’s good news.
Being more creative is not something you can just say or think your way to. No matter how good your intentions are.
And it doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming.
Saying to someone “just be more creative” is like saying “just speak Greenlandic!” to someone who doesn’t know the language.
No, you need to know how to be more creative.
With the right tools or some kind of roadmap, you’ll be able to tune into your creative side. You’ll be able to dive into discovering what you can create.
Because creating is discovering. It’s the process of discovery.
And I’ll teach you some tools in this very blog post.
The tools I’m about to share with you, are tools we use in Kaizen-Muse creativity coaching and they will help you get started.
How to be more creative
I’ll walk you through 2 quite basic tools that’ll get you more creative. Basic is good. We want to avoid overwhelm, and too much fear.
Ok, are you ready? Let’s do this 🙂
First and foremost:
- Decide that you want to commit to your creativity.
Decide to commit to the creativity that is you. If you are committed, you will persevere. No big goal setting. Just commit.
This is actually where it starts.
I think we so often underestimate this step. Deciding. It goes for everything. If you want to save up money, you must decide that this is what you really want to do, and why it’s important to you.
So, decide that you want to be more creative.
Once you’ve made that decision, the next thing you want to do is:
- Reduce everything you do into small steps.
We are overwhelmed in epidemic proportions today, and applying the kaizen philosophy of continuous use of small steps, will change your life.
This is how you use kaizen (continuous improvement by small steps):
Break any job into:
5 minute moments.
10 minute moments
And time it.
Examples of small steps:
Painting: Get the paint brushes and paint out.
Writing a blog post: Write thoughts down on paper for 5 minutes
Doing the dishes: Just wash up the cups, or plates
Writing on a story/book: Set timer for 10 minutes and brain dump
Writing on a story/book: Get pen and notebook out, sit in your favorite spot and play with ideas for any amount of time you enjoy.
Starting a business: Take every task and job you can think of, and keep coming up with, and write them down. Keep breaking them down into steps so small they seem silly. Almost annoyingly small.
A small step that works with all creative activity:
Sit down for 15 minutes every other day (or once a week), and see what happens.
What is so genius about using small steps is that they are not scary. So we don’t resist and procrastinate so much. Doing something nice for 10 minutes makes it easier to get started.
You build momentum.
Give yourself the gift of a starting really small, in everything you do.
Whether it’s cleaning, doing the dishes, painting, making graphics, writing.
Because when you get this way of approaching any action under your skin, it stops being overwhelming. It becomes automatic, and no big deal.
I can honestly say, I use small steps every day.
And I get a lot done. I work 29 hours a week, I have 3 kids and I do the HUGE amount of work a blog and start-up business requires.
Where you may have trouble with small steps
The time to use the small step approach, is when you feel resistance.
It’s when you find yourself NOT getting to your creative work.
NOT working on what makes you happy. NOT doing what you know will take you closer to your goal and/or dream.
If you love setting big goals and get everything done that you want to do and make, without feeling any resistance, then you might not need small steps.
You use small steps to relax the brain when you procrastinate, you are overwhelmed, are afraid and feel resistance in any form.
Another way you may have trouble with the small step approach, is thinking you won’t get anywhere if “all” you do is use tiny steps.
First of all, small steps gets you started because what you are doing is not scary or overwhelming. This increases the probability of you actually wanting to create. And that is the biggest pull for any success: that you want to.
Second, kaizen means using small steps continuously.
You can’t get out the paint brushes and expect the painting to paint itself. Of course. It’s a series of small steps that will get the work done.
My top tools (or advice) to you who wants to be more creative is this:
- Decide to be more creative
- Break every intention/action/job into steps so small you think “this is easy to do”
Focus on these 2 and I promise you’ll be seeing an improvement in your creative time.
I truly hope you’ll take this in. Not for my sake, but because using your creative skills is so good for you, it’s up there with breathing, in my book 😉