As dott’s mantra goes, life is more than the 9 to 5. But it’s easy to get stuck in that cycle isn’t it? The commute, the desk research, the TV before bed. Soon you find there’s no time for the things you used to love. Whether it is poetry, or photography, or painting, our creative tendencies get de-prioritised and fall by the wayside. So here are some simple tips on how to re-introduce creativity into your daily routine.
1. Carry around a blank notebook
There are often more spare moments than you think: a delayed Tube journey, a 10 minute wait whilst your friend is late. These spare moments can be transformed into opportunities if you have some blank paper and a pen – jotting down a poem, or sketching the people around you. Plus it means you never forget those ideas that come in a flash of inspiration during the boring status meetings.
2. Get interested
Monday’s quote was from advertising legend Leo Burnett, who said:
“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.”
But how to maintain curiosity? Set aside 10 minutes each day to find out something new – for example, whilst you eat your breakfast at your desk, or before bed. This could be a TED talk, or an article from your favourite blogger.
3. Take a different route
We operate on auto-pilot when we follow the same route each day. This means we stop noticing. How about taking a de-tour on the way to work? Or get the bus instead of the Overground? Maybe even just go to Sainsbury’s instead of Tesco. This forces us to start observing again, and to see things from a different perspective.
4. Get rid of the distractions
It’s almost impossible to concentrate on being creative when we have constant interruptions. So how about making an effort to get rid of some of these? Go to a different space (eg. a coffee shop, a library, your dad’s shed), don’t take your phone, and disconnect from the internet.
5. And finally, daydream
Science has shown that when we daydream, we detach from reality and are more likely to have good ideas. Apparently:
“mind wandering may evoke a unique mental state that may allow otherwise opposing networks to work in cooperation”
Good news right? It's time to start staring into the distance.
Author: Vicky Noble