Designing, drawing, making: all these things leave me feeling energised and inspired. But often they are the first things to disappear from my routine when I’m feeling busy or tired. To establish a habit of creativity I’ve set myself a challenge to make or work on something I’m making every day for the next 100 days. You can follow my progress on instagram, and I’ll be posting updates on here too.
To keep me on track, and to help you if you want to join me (and please let me know if you are!) here are five ways to help incorporate creativity into your day.
- Make cards. Greetings cards are an easy thing to give up buying because they are so easy to make yourself. They are quite expensive, so it feels like a good way to budget. Plus you can be so much more personal when you write or draw your own. My sister is having surgery today and so I spent Sunday afternoon making her a card. The drawing was therapeutic and helped calm my nerves about her going into hospital. I also got to use dinosaur and cat stickers, and indulge my the stranger side of my sense of humour (which luckily she shares).
- Fill time with crafty things. I crochet in waiting rooms, on trains and while I wait for things to cook. Always having something to work on in your bag stops you from feeling bored (or staring at a phone screen) and keeps things going on creative projects, even when you’re busy. It’s also a great conversation starter and a way to meet similar minded people.
- Make presents. A bit like making your own cards, but for the more committed. I have a friend who spent an entire year frantically crocheting baby blankets after eight people she knew fell pregnant around the same time. Constant pressure to be making things to a deadline probably isn’t very relaxing, but at least you’ll get things done.
- Make it social. Setting a regular craft date with friends is a great way of getting to see them and exploring your creative side. I used to have a regular get-together with a couple of friends. Over the course of six months or so we taught ourselves to crochet using YouTube, sewed a lot of bunting for a street party, make all our Christmas cards, and consumed a lot of wine and cake. Unfortunately I moved too far away to continue our craft nights, but I still like to socialise while making things.
- Schedule it in. Just like how writers get words on a page by showing up at a particular time every day, carving out time for making things will build commitment and productivity. I like to do something after dinner while I unwind and reflect on the day I’ve had. But you could schedule time every morning, on one day of the week, or during your lunch break – as long as it’s a habit that you stick to.