We've all heard of the Power Nap and the Power Suit, right? But I think I'd rather find a boost to my creativity through a daily Power Play! Here's the idea…
We often think 'I really want to be more creative' or maybe say 'I want more creativity in my life '. I’m not willing to wait for some someday when inspiration hits or the day when the chores are all done and the kids are raised. I want to be more creative now!
If you'd love to feel more creative and imaginative every day, building a creative routine is the first step. I know that sounds incredibly daunting, but I’m here to help! Let's take the example of the Power Nap and twist it around a bit.
What could fuel your creativity more than adding a little brightness and energy to your world every day? Daily art-play opens your mind with creativity, confidence and imagination every day, not just 'someday'.
To get you started, I've put together a little guide to help you Play creatively every day. I call it Power Play! It's about building a creative habit that sparks a feeling of playfulness and imaginative creativity a little every day so the next time a big inspiration hits, you'll be more open, confident and primed to create from your authentic creative resources.
Follow these 8 steps and start using Power Play to build a more creative life:
Pick a regular time for daily creativity.
Doesn't it make sense to sneak in a creative break rather than a trip to the coffee shop or vending machine? Maybe there's a typical time of day that you feel a little down and you'd like to add a bright spot in your mood? Or maybe you have a particular time of day that you'd like a little break from all the grown up tasks you have to do? Pick a time that you can take a few minutes of uninterrupted time away by yourself.
Devote 15 - 30 minutes.
Any less time and you're likely to feel frustrated or hurried. Any more time and it becomes a session rather than a sin. Feeling like you're being a little sneaky is energizing. Sneaking the break into your busy day adds the touch of excitement and energy that keeps your play fresh and vibrant!
Pick a place that will be your regular Play Zone.
You'll certainly have days you'd rather mix it up, but feeling comfortable is key. When time is at a premium you'll want to get down to serious play quickly. And yesterday's half finished creation might be just the place you want to pick up again today. If your Play Zone is always set up, it becomes routine to get into your creative mind set right on cue.
Keep your toys, I mean tools, handy.
The only thing I love more than new paintbrushes is a new drawing pad. All your colorful pencils, juicy watercolors and sassy sketch pads should be handy and ready. Like the velveteen rabbit, rub the dust off and give your paints a squeeze to show them you still love them. Keep all kinds of fun supplies available so they're ready for your Power Play.
Play is messy business and creativity blooms when you get a little mud between your toes, or fingers as the case may be. It's okay if your work-space stays a little messy too. A cluttered desk is the sign of a creative mind! (It's true!)
Practice makes perfect?
While perfection isn't ever the goal, commitment and consistency are crucial to building your creative muscles. Play every day and watch your creativity grow! Playful creativity is intoxicating and a bit addictive. Commit to a week of daily Power Play and get over the hump of self doubt. Then you can say to yourself 'I create every day'. What a Power Play that will be!
Blocks are toys too.
Stick with your routine and just dabble away if your muse is missing. Inspiration can be illusive but when it's all about playing creatively you can't fail! There's no right or wrong, and there's no one to please other than yourself. Lighten up and let the colors flow. Clean up the messes another day.
And while you're at it, throw judgement out the window and practice being kind to yourself. That nasty little voice of judgement is the bully on the block and needs to be kicked to the curb!
Take time to Notice.
Do we ever really give ourselves enough credit for trying and learning? Do we take time to be grateful for our joys and successes? While you're building your new playful creative habits, remind yourself of the fun you're having while being creative every day. And each day make time to say out loud: 'I am creative!', 'I love feeling creative!', 'I am more creative every day.
The goal is building a creative space that sparks a feeling of playfulness. If you'd love to feel more creative and imaginative every day, building a creative routine is the first step.
Start your Power Play today! And let your creativity flow!
Stay in touch and let me know how your Power Play is going... Cheers! Audrey