I find that when I get out of being creative it makes me grumpy. Being creative is healthy.
It's like going to the gym or going to the movies - it's really, really good for you!
Depending on your personality type it may actually be something you have
no choice in, something you just have to do.
That's all well & good in an ideal scenario but few of us live in the perfect environment
so how can we make it happen? How can we get to spend more time each
& every day doing what we love, that makes us feel so good?
1. Make it a habit. Do something creative every day.
A creative habit can be formed, in just the same way
we form other habits, through regular doing.
2. Make it an appointment. Choose a time to meet with yourself,
that you know you will be able to stick to. It doesn't need to be
exact but think of your work area like a person who is waiting for you.
3. Set up a dedicated work space. In other words somewhere where you just create.
Obviously this one depends hugely on the home you live in & what is available.
I have a small office/work room that we created by converting the entrance hall
of our home, so we now enter our house straight through the dining room.
Just like I did, creating your own special space may mean sacrificing something.
It may even mean an area of your lounge or bedroom. It doesn't matter where
you create, as long as you can keep some stuff out & set up at all times
so there's a place that's calling you - a place to go & be.
4. Set yourself goals - big &small - written & unwritten, depending on where you are
in your life at the moment. Right now I am very distracted because I am dealing with
some massive life issues, but at the end of every day I am still spending a few hours
in my workspace, which transports me mentally, out of my situation & into one
which is way less stressful. Give yourself a reason to get into your workspace,
decide in advance what you will be doing in there & make that your mission.
5. Cultivate an Obligation to your Stash. In a lot of countries, like South Africa,
where I live, art & craft supplies are difficult to get hold of & expensive, so buying
them means sacrificing somewhere else. This has never been a problem for me
fortunately as I'm not into anything else in a major way, so it's where I choose to
spend my money, even though I've never had loads of disposable income, so
I've always had to be very choosy, given that I import a lot myself & pay huge
shipping costs & 20% duty on top of that.
. I realised after a few years in my new-found vocation, that I was buying faster than
I was creating. BIG MISTAKE. Work out your purchase/create ratio & don't buy
beyond your needs. Yes really. Don't do it. Don't let anyone tempt you, least of all
sales. Everything I'm stuck with that I don't like came from a sale & storing it
ain't cheap! All year I've been in a mission to sort out my storage space & it's
been a monthly expense. So be accountable to your stash.
Only buy what you have real intention of using, soon.
6. Simplify your work area. This is a whole topic on it's own but the bones of it is
- keep your stuff organised & accessible. Forget about beautifying your space.
That comes RIGHT AT THE END. The most important thing is that you can
find what you need, fast & without frustration. If you can't, the thought of
getting into your space will be more like going to Hell than going to Heaven!