How are you creative rebels out there?
In the last series of blogs we looked our creative practice – phase one, visual, phase two, audio and kinesthetic and phase three, combining them for the ultimate creativity building technique.
Now we are going to explore what we’ve learnt already and move into something new and exciting. Now don’t panic if you didn’t catch the last blog, all will become very clear as we go through the processes.
Let’s ask – what does a creative day look like? If creativity is like a muscle, it’s important that we exercise it every day. So how can we bring a creative approach to our day to day lives. Well, I want to share with you my creative timeline which I developed, designed and now practice every day. The results are totally incredible.
For me creativity would appear suddenly and come completely of the blue like a lighting bolt! Which was incredible at the time, but I wanted more and I wanted it on my terms! I then started looking at what I did every day, and what stimulated my creative process and low and behold, I came up with the creative timeline!
The timeline breaks everything down into sizable sections and equates to a new and exciting programme of creative techniques! These are simple processes that will help you cut through the inner chatter and doubt and get to the core of your creativity. Like all things practice makes perfect – so the more you do these the quicker you will be able to call upon your creativity in the moment.
THE CREATIVE TIMELINE
1. Prepping the canvas – night before and morning of
- Spend 10mins being at one with yourself every evening. This is a great time as your analytical mind is tired, freeing your creativity from judgement and restriction.
- Sit on a chair in an upright position with your feet firmly on the ground, and keep a pad and pen nearby.
- Let your breath be free-flowing, breath in and out, at your own pace.
- Once you feel settled and grounded ask yourself what creativity means to you – and try to get a sense of what it would look like? and what it would feel like?
- No need to push it or force it – and try not to judge it…
- Once an image, sensation or whatever your body and mind throws up to you comes into focus start exploring that new creative environment.
- Watch, feel or sense what is transforming right in front of you.
- Let this creative process take it own natural course, and freely let it do what it wants to do.
- When ready slow the experience down and thank yourself for this time.
- Slowly start to come back in the room, wiggle toes and fingers and gently open your eyes.
- Write/draw etc about the experience while going through this experience. Compare notes with your last meditation and note anything of interest.
We’ve already started using the creative process through the evening practice to get the creative juices flowing. We now need to start our day by asking ourselves a particular set of questions. There no wrong or right answers, the importances is just to go with the flow!
Think about your day ahead and map out what you will be doing during the day, say for instance working on a project. Perhaps you feel stuck with this project? By using the questions below, they will make you think outside of the box! Different opportunities will present themselves to you. A whole new way of thinking creatively about this particular project will emerge.
Try these questions…
- Why am I doing this?
- Why am I doing this in this way?
- Could I do it another way?
- If so how?
- Could I make it more fun and be a reflection of my personality?
Note down or draw what has come up for you. Reconsider the map of your day now and see if you can implement any of your new creative ideas.
Try this for a few days then go on to my next blog about the Creative Commute!
Matt Ward – your creativity expert!