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PERSONAL // 5 tips to stimulate your creativity every day | PERSONAL // 5 tips to stimulate your creativity every day

by Judith Joosten 23 Feb 2019

Maybe you recognize it: you are so busy with your everyday things that you barely have time to be creative. That's a shame! In this blog I will give you five tips to stimulate your daily creativity.

Some people think they are not creative at all. None of that is true! Everyone is creative in their own way. Creativity is also not constant at all. One moment you are full of new ideas, the next moment nothing comes to mind. That's not a bad thing at all! It is especially important that you also give yourself that space. You don't have to be 'on' all the time. Use your creative bubble and don't force it even if you don't have inspiration.

Tip 1: Relax!
During relaxed moments you will notice that you are most creative. Go for a nice walk, take a shower or do something else that relaxes you. Put your mind at 0 and daydream about what you still want to make creatively. Use your imagination and open yourself up to new ideas. Everything is allowed and everything is possible, so let yourself be free! Really take the time to spark your imagination. Not only will you be able to get started with more peace of mind, you will probably also be full of new ideas.

Tip 2: Always take a booklet with you
Buy, make or grab a (small) notebook that you can easily take with you. Don't forget to add a pen! Whether you're at home or on the road, always try to write down everything that comes to mind. These can be creative ideas or random thoughts that you want to quickly jot down. Sometimes you think you can remember something, but later you turn out to have forgotten it. In any case, don't let your own thoughts hold you back. The book does not have to become a work of art! You can also use a bullet journal for this. This is especially nice if you want to have everything together in one notebook. In any case, look for a book with a nice cover and paper that you enjoy working on. Maybe you'll discover that urban sketching is your thing or you'll write pages full of things you see during a train journey!

Tip 3: Do fun challenges
Take a look at Instagram or Pinterest for fun challenges. Whether you photograph, illustrate or like to write, there is a challenge for everything. These are often monthly challenges with an assignment every day. This allows you to spend a few minutes focused on your hobby every day and keeps your creativity stimulated. By working on it every day for a month, you will notice that your results at the end of the month are even better than at the beginning! The results are often posted daily on Instagram. Examples of these types of challenges are the doodle challenge, the lettering challenge, Rock Your Handwriting and Inktober. You can also agree with yourself that you will spend fifteen minutes every day listening to an inspiring podcast or reading a motivational book. You can also listen to podcasts while you are DIYing! For example, I really like The Goal Digger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher.

Tip 4: Buy something that stimulates your creativity
Do you ever walk through the city and come across something that makes you very happy? Or do you walk into an (art) shop (or are you looking around in a nice webshop ;) and do you see new materials that you are not yet familiar with? Try it! Buy yourself something that will inspire you creatively and get started with it. You might discover your new favorite material this way! And for tip 2, for example, do you already have a nice notebook, but are you still missing a nice pen? Then buy a nice pen! Good writing material always motivates you to enjoy writing.

Tip 5: Go on a voyage of discovery!
The Netherlands is not a very big country, but you probably haven't seen many places yet! Try to visit another town or city regularly. Walk around, enjoy what you see. Maybe you come across a nice shop or discover a new eatery that inspires you. Can you do something with it creatively? Take pictures right away, draw it in your book or write about it. If you can do something with it on the spot, you will notice that you experience the moment even more consciously, but you can also make something at home! This will help you break your habits, stimulate your curiosity and discover the world around you.

The above things will help you to be more creative in the longer term. The more you do this, the more you will notice that you are really making progress in terms of both creative thinking and the hobby you enjoy! Which tip are you going to work with?

Love,
Judith

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You may recognize it: you are so busy with your everyday things that you hardly have time to be creative. That's a shame! In this blog I will give you five tips to stimulate your daily creativity.

Some people think they aren't creative at all. Which isn't true! Everyone is creative in their own way. Creativity is also not constant at all. One moment you are full of new ideas, the other moment nothing comes to mind. Which is not bad at all! It's especially important that you also give yourself that space. You don't have to be "on" all the time. Tap into your creative bubble and don't force it if you lack inspiration.

Tip 1: Relax!
During relaxing moments you'll find that you are the most creative. Go for a walk, take a shower or do something else that relaxes you. Set your mind to 0 and daydream about what you still want to make creatively. Use your imagination and open up to new ideas. Everything is allowed and everything is possible, so let yourself be free! Really take the time to spark your imagination. Not only can you get to work with a little more peace of mind afterwards, you're probably also full of new ideas.

Tip 2: Always take a notebook with you
Buy, craft or take a (small) notebook that you can easily take with you. Don't forget to also grab a pen! If you're at home or on your way, try to write down everything that comes to mind. This could be creative ideas or random thoughts that you want to jot down really fast. Sometimes you think that you can just remember it, but turns out you'll still forget (we've all been there). Don't let your own thoughts stop you. The notebook doesn't have to become a piece of art! You can also use a bullet journal for this, which is super convenient if you don't want to switch notebooks. Try to at least make sure that your notebook has a pretty cover and paper that you like. Maybe you'll realize that urban sketching is make for you! Or you jot down pages about all the things you see during your train ride.

Tip 3: Enter fun challenges
Check Instagram or Pinterest for fun challenges. If you prefer photographs, illustrations or writing, there's a challenge for everything. Often these are monthly challenges with a daily assignment. This way you can practice your hobby every day, for at least some minutes, and your creativity stays stimulated. Because you're working on it for a month at a time, you'll see the difference in your results during the end of the month. Your creativity will flow easier. Often the results are posted on Instagram daily. Examples of these challenges are the Doodle Challenge, the Lettering Challenge, Rock Your Handwriting and maybe the most known Inktober. If you want, you can give yourself some restrictions. For example that you're only allowed to work on it for 15 minutes a day. Or you can just do something relaxing for these minutes, like listen to a podcast or read a motivational book. Podcasts can be fun to listen to when you're woking on your DIY's. I personally really enjoy the Goal Digger Podcast from Jenna Kutcher.

Tip 4: Buy something that sparks your creativity
Do you ever walk through the city and come across something that makes you very happy? Or are you walking in an (art) shop (or are you looking around in a nice webshop ;) ) and do you see new materials that you're not familiar with yet? Try it! Buy something for yourself that will inspire you creatively and get started. Maybe this way you will discover your new favorite material! And do you already have a nice notebook for tip 2, but are you still missing a nice pen? Then buy a nice pen! Fine writing material always motivates you to enjoy writing.

Tip 5: Go explore!
The Netherlands isn't a very big country, but you probably haven't seen many places yet! Try to visit a different village or city regularly. Walk around, enjoy what you see. Maybe you come across a nice shop or you discover a new eatery that inspires you. Can you do something with it creatively? Take pictures right away, draw it in your notebook or write about it. If you can do something with it on the spot, you'll notice that you experience the moment even more consciously, but you can also make something at home! This will allow you to break your habits, stimulate your curiosity and discover the world around you.

All of the things above will (hopefully) help you to be more creative in the longer term. The more you engage in this, the more you will find that you're really moving forward in terms of both creative thinking and the hobby you enjoy doing! Which tip are you going to work with?

Love,
Judith

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