Using the time it takes to get in and out of work or to and from your errand is a great way to build creativity into your everyday life. This technique urges your mind to see things from different angles – which will help you start your day with an open and flexible mind. Particularly if your commute is stressful, crowded or rushed! Please don’t do this while driving – instead give yourself a few minutes in the car park to try this technique out. You only need 3-5m.
- Feel your breath get slower and deeper
- Check and change your body’s posture by dropping shoulders, elongating the neck – almost like a string is attached to the top of your head and holding you up. Relax your hands and feet.
- Close your eyes and create an environment (both visual and audio) that is relaxing – a beach? The forest?
- Where ever you are try to shift the perspective around – perhaps you are lying on a beach, try to move to the sea and see the beach from there, or the top of a palm tree looking down.
- Notice any changes when you shift perspective.
- Let this process flow.
- After a time, come back to your present environment.
- Living the creative day
Whatever, you do, you can make it creative! Make a list of what you need to do for the day ahead. Reflect back to your notes from technique one. Consider these further questions before you start
- What am I seeking to accomplish today?
- What is the bigger picture? Why am I doing what I am doing?
- How can I do something different today – even just as an experiment?
- Are there other ways of doing what I need to do?
- If so how?
- Could I make what I do more fun and a reflection of my personality?
- What am I feeling and thinking about this right now?
- Relaxing into creativity.
Try this for a few days then go on to my next blog Living The Creative Day!
Matt Ward – your creativity expert!