Following on from my last post, let’s dive into the five things that you can do regularly (and that’s the key!) to bring back some of your lost creative mojo!
Firstly, take a breath, or just pause. I know it’s hard to do with so much to get done, but this really is a game-changer. Taking a short break in your day with a cuppa and a notebook can really focus your mind on what you want to achieve. Maybe you journal? Maybe you don’t, but writing down your thoughts about how you want your creative family life to look like is a great way to stay focused. Try it for a week and see.
The second thing you need to get in the habit of doing is planning something creative into your day. It doesn’t have to be a big thing, small steps every day… If you enjoyed something creative in the past that you haven’t done for ages, re-light that passion a little bit at a time! A small sketch, 5 rows of knitting, a quick bake… whatever you have time for, plan it in. The bonus about planning something is that you will probably do it! I admit that if I just think “Oh, I’ll do that today”, it usually won’t happen because other things take over. But, writing it into my diary means there is a 90-100% chance that I actually do it.
I say 90% because I still struggle with making time and when I am at a low point, it takes effort and focus to get to the 100%. It is so worth it though! Taking action is the third step to renewing your creative sparkle. Try hard to do the 100% thing for as long as you can, until it becomes a habit!
And now some mindful moments to inspire us. Getting outside for some time during the day, no matter the weather, can give us the space and freedom to let our minds go wild. Without commitment to other tasks, our brain can do what it likes and if you can guide it towards ideas for something, it will probably help you because deep down there is a creative person’s thoughts and experiences – yep, yours! – locked away until they are needed.
And finally, reflection. It’s important to keep a track of your progress, so I used to write a diary (now, it would probably be a journal!) about my days. Not every day, I admit, but I left a notebook by my bed and before sleeping, just jotted down some thoughts about what I had been doing and how I felt about it. Some days were good, some bad, but I got there eventually. I think that logging my thoughts like this really helped me to keep going. I didn’t look back at them, it really was a dumping ground for my thoughts about how creative I had (or hadn’t) been and if I felt I was making progress towards my goal.
And there you have it. A 5-step plan for how to get your creative mojo back!
Yes, it takes time and effort, but it will be so worth it and you’ll look back and say “why didn’t I do that earlier?!” Trust me 😉
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