five ways to squeeze creative moments into your daily routine

Hey guys, I'm stepping back today and letting the wonderful Molly Kate over at The Sun Room tell us how to find time for creativity in our crazy lives.

We all know that life can get hectic. Sometimes your day gets so busy, you wonder how you even found time to eat. This can produce a significant amount of pent up creative energy for those of us who enjoy using the right sides of our brains. Here are 5 ways to battle the “mundane Monday monotony.”

Wake up 20 minutes early for a little creative "me time"

I get it. Waking up to start your long day of school or work can be less than exciting. In fact, most of the time it can be down right awful. Why would you want to get out of your warm, comfy bed just to work all day?

But, if you’re anything like me, getting up to work on your own projects is much easier. Getting up to be creative might be the only push you need to get out of bed. Start a project that’s easy to jump into and walk away from in small increments. There are all kinds of projects to choose from, but I’ve found detailed, meditative projects work best. Here are a few suggestions:

           1.     Start a “doodle a day” sketchbook

           2.     Pick up a handicraft project: – knit a blanket, weave a basket, embroider a tea towel

           3.     Create daily artist trading cards (Also called ACEO–Art Cards Editions and Originals) to trade with other creatives.

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Create your own recipe for lunch

This is not just good for your brain, but it’s good for your wallet as well. Rather than running by the nearest fast food place for lunch, design and cook up your own recipe with whatever you have in your fridge. Just because there isn’t a name for a food doesn’t mean it’s not delicious. You might create an Italian styled stir-fry, or an interestingly tasty soup…the possibilities are endless!

Beautify your stuff

Whether or not you realize it, you use objects everyday that could be fabulous canvases for your creativity. Using a binder or notebook for work or school? Paint the front for a completely custom look. About to throw away your Starbucks cup? Sharpie all over it to turn it into a work of art worth displaying. You can even be creative with your organization: decorate your planner cover and enter upcoming events with style.

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Swap screen time for paper time

This one is a bit harder to do and I’ll be the first to admit that. But, if you actually tracked it, you’d be surprised at the amount of time out of our day that we’re glued to our phones. If you’re feeling like you need a little more creativity in your day, try swapping those minutes you spend on Instagram or playing Angry Birds with time you spend drawing or being creative…it’s easier than you might think. 

Snap some extraordinary pictures of ordinary objects

If the thought of practicing #4 sends you into a cold sweat, fear not. Creativity is not limited to paper. Some of my most creative moments are spent taking photos of the everyday objects around me. Smart phone cameras are incredibly powerful tools, and are not to be underestimated. Leave 5 minutes early on your way to work or class so you can stop and snap a few pictures of those beautiful flowers you pass everyday, or of that eerily beautiful abandoned house. Take it a step farther by downloading a photo editing app to push your photos to the next level…I’m a big fan of VSCOcam myself.

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So, as you can see, leading a creative life doesn’t mean you have to give up too much. Taking a few minutes from here and the–whether it’s getting up 10 minutes early in the morning or leaving a few minutes early for work–is all you need to add a daily shot of creativity to your life. And who doesn’t want that?

6 thoughts on “five ways to squeeze creative moments into your daily routine

  1. These are great suggestions, Sarah! I’m not sure I could wake up earlier than I do, but I do love the idea of using that extra time for creative energy and not productivity. And I definitely agree that snapping pics is one of the most fun ways to lose yourself in the creative process for a bit.

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  2. Marvelous suggestions! I have a hard time waking up earlier than I have to, so I usually reserve that 20 minutes for lunch. Haha!I love love love my paper journal. It’s a meaty, cloth-bound wonder that helps me release pent up everything without the whole internet seeing. I’m pretty sure it’s saved my penmanship in the 21st century. Haha!

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  3. These are all great ideas! I’m not much of a doodler but I do like to journal and photograph things. I often grab my cameral and walk around our property. If I’m feeling super creative I will stage a photo in the house just to do it for no other reason.However, I’m never getting up early ha,ha, Even for creativity.

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