Are You Tired? That’s Okay!
Right now, I think many of us can say we are in a mental slump. There’s this idea that we should be doing all we can to get our ideas together and have some type of business or creative pursuit set by the time this pandemic is over and tensions are gone.
Can you believe the pressure we keep putting ourselves through? But that’s a topic for another day.
I want to talk to the ones who are stuck in this endless loop of starting a new project, entering back into old habits, procrastinating, and then dealing with the guilt or other negative emotional outcomes that come with feeling like you’re not getting enough done. Trust me, I get it.
First off, take your time. There is no due date to accomplish your goals, and every day that you choose to better yourself is still progress. So, I just want to quickly say, I’m proud of you! This world isn’t easy to live in sometimes. It can be unforgiving, traumatizing, and “quite mad”, as the Cheshire Cat (for my Alice in Wonderland fans) would say. We are all tired, let yourself breathe.
Naturally, I can’t function in my day-to-day life if I’m not feeling open to the world around me. By this, I mean I have to have some sort of outlet for my built-up angst, or I won’t be able to focus after a while. Some of you may have the same issue, or you may not even realize that you do.
Anyone Could Use a Creative Boost
When you think of a creative person or idea, what often comes to mind? You would probably name the few designers you know or maybe even the serial entrepreneurs who always seem to come up with fresh, innovative ideas. What about the marketing agent who continues to think outside the box when it comes to content?
Often times, we limit the need for creativity to the ones with active, creative pursuits: graphic designers, YouTubers, fashion designers, painters, architects, etc. Most people forget creativity is merely using your imagination to turn ideas into reality. This means anybody looking for a new way to do something could use a little bit of creativity to help them get there. Creative thinking requires viewing the world from new perspectives so you can focus on the seemingly intangible possibilities. It is making the connection between things that seem unrelated and forming solutions, even if you end up finding out it doesn’t work.
Creativity has no limits.
Make Some Time for Yourself
For these creativity boosting exercises, all you would need is about 15-20 minutes a day. A quick workout for your brain is something where anybody can benefit, after all. Try to give yourself a daily schedule and try a new one every single day for a month! Then, come back and let me know how the process was for you, and if you see a difference in your productivity, creativity, stress levels, and more.
- Write something you want to solve in your notebook before you go to sleep. Sleep on your problem and let your subconscious do the work. When you wake up, ideate in your notebook.
- Draw anything at all! Draw the first thing that pops into your head for 10-15 minutes. Don’t worry about what it looks like and don’t erase anything.
- Take your sketchbook to a concert and sketch or write ideas that pop into your head as you’re listening to music.
- Make something new, funny, or weird with objects lying on your desk.
- Collect a bunch of things from your recycling bin. Combine them together to make an abstract sculpture. Use a hot glue gun or lots of tape to hold it together.
- Lookup a word in the dictionary, and then look up the word before and after. Make up a short story using the three words (loosely inspired by Twyla Tharp, from her book The Creative Habit).
- Find one thing that starts with the first letter of your first name and another with the first letter of your last name. Mash them together to make a new thing: Apple for Ayse + Bus for Birsel = Apple-shaped bus. Draw it.
- Tie-dye some old clothes and have a photoshoot in them when you’re done.
- Pick a song you love and sing it with new lyrics you make up.
- Write a poem about your day in the style of your favorite poet (Maya Angelou for example).
- Go to a museum with your sketchbook and draw a painting or a sculpture that inspires you (if you can’t take the time, go outside your door and draw a tree or a mailbox). It doesn’t matter how crude or crooked your drawing and I guarantee that you will never forget what you just drew.
- Look at clouds and imagine them as things, just like when you were a kid.
- Buy some Legos and make a plan for your dream house, pool included. You can also do this virtually on Minecraft.
- Take 5 minutes to write a haiku (Japanese style 3 line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable structure) about your first memory.
- Next time you’re cooking, change a key ingredient, and EXPERIMENT.
- Go to YouTube and learn a new skill for the day.
- Write a short story based on the last thing you ate.
- Purchase a few coloring books and get to work!
- Create a Tik Tok routine and record yourself!
- Take a different route home and take photographs of the new things you see along the way.