January is a perfect time to reset.
We can all use some time to reflect and review our goals and then update our plans. One goal I always have is to be more creative. Or to find more time for creative pursuits. So this month, let’s reset our creativity.
The thing with creativity is it goes dormant if we don’t use it. You probably remember having infinite creativity as a child. But as you grew up, you lost a little each year. And somedays, you may feel like you have no imagination left. You do. It’s in there. You need to wake it up.
To reset your creativity, you need to find it in your daily life.
First, shake up your routine. Creativity loves spontaneity. I’m not saying you need to do something off the wall like hop on a plane and fly to a mystery destination. I mean, do something outside your routine. Take a new way home from the office. Get up 30 minutes earlier and have a dance party.
Second, don’t wake up and check your phone. Wake up and do something different. Write in your journal as your coffee brews. Doodle while you sip instead of scrolling Facebook.
Third, set time aside for creativity. If you don’t plan it, you won’t do it. You don’t need a lot of time; only 10 minutes a day will help you reset your creativity. Pick a time, set a timer, and shake out those cobwebs!
But what can you do in 10 minutes a day?
- Draw one thing (maybe your morning cup of coffee or your breakfast).
- Dance while inner is in the oven.
- People watch on your lunch break and make up a story about the people you see. Maybe the man in the sunglasses is a spy. Or the woman reading a book across the street is plotting a bank robbery.
- Make a collage. Remember cutting out things from magazines and gluing them on poster board? Do that again!
- Write new lyrics to our favorite song.
- Work from the other couch (or in the kitchen). Get a new perspective.
- Do a brain dump.
- Take a photo walk.