Creative Habits and the Power of Small Changes

Lately, I’ve been spending lots of time thinking and talking about creative habits. Over the past year or so, I’ve transformed my creative process through the power of a flexible daily routine built from habits that support my creative exploration, purpose, and well-being.

Through a process of experimentation, I discovered there were certain activities that shifted my mindset, helped me feel in alignment, and generally built up my confidence. I started to slowly weave the into my everyday, and they naturally became habits. I wanted to do them because they made me feel good and I could see they were helping me make progress with the things I care about.

I started calling them my creative habits and gave the term a definition.

Creative habits are activities that support creative exploration, purpose, and well-being.

Make your own routine

Through trial and experimentation, I’ve put together a list of creative habits and loosely split them between seven categories — contemplation, mindfulness, movement, recharging, enrichment, getting out, and creating. I’ve tried all of these, and have brought a few of my favourites into my daily routine.

Contemplation

Activities that provide time for reflection and thoughtfulness

Mindfulness

Setting time to be aware and cultivating awareness

  • Meditation

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Guided imagining

  • Mindful walking

Movement

Getting the body active and in motion

  • Taking a walk

  • Going to the gym

  • Yoga

  • Stretching

  • 7-min workout

Recharging

Restoring energy by connecting to a power supply

  • Traveling

  • Resting

Enrichment

Skill-building and exposure to new things

  • Reading

  • Baking

  • Gardening

  • Listening to a podcast

  • Learning something new

Getting out

Stepping out into a new environment for inspiration

  • The artist’s date

  • The inspiration date

  • Spending time in nature

  • Quality me time

Creating

Making something in addition to the core work of the day

  • Daily sketchbook

  • Writing

  • Keeping a scrapbook

  • Recording audio or video

The Benefits & Outcome

The habits I choose to do each day make up a routine that varies in duration from 20 minutes to 2.5 hours. I fit these activities around the core work of the day. Sometimes that work is coaching, sometimes it’s creating course material. Other times its painting and writing.

For me, the benefits have been massive. Having these activities in place provides a reminder that my creativity is valuable. I am reminded each day that I can nurture and take care of myself. In doing this, I support my creative exploration, purpose, and well-being.


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