If you’ve been following the blog you may notice there haven’t been any new blog posts since some point in October last year. That’s a really long time when you consider I had been pretty consistently uploading two blog posts a week since I started the blog in 2015.
This was due to starting a new job at the end of October. I didn’t think it would mean much change, certainly where the blog was concerned. I was so wrong!
Although my new colleagues were really welcoming, as an introvert I found fitting in to a new company and new role exhausting. In the beginning I came home completely worn out and didn’t feel like I wanted to plan or write any blog posts.
And if I had ideas, the dark nights and dreary weekends made photographing projects impossible. Ah, winter…
Anyway to cut a long story short, I recently realised that I’d been craving a bit of creativity in my life. I don’t want to sound dramatic but I felt that I’d been seriously neglecting that side of me. I wanted to make something, or draw something, or paint something.
So I did.
And I loved it. It felt so good to be creative again and it instantly made me feel better if I’d had a stressful day.
Remind me again why I stopped?
I figured there was no better blog post to kick start things around here again than what I’ve got for you today: five tips to make it easier to be creative even when you’re super busy.
So let’s get straight into it!
1. Make sure you have plenty of inspiration handy
Making sure you have plenty of inspiration is something I go on about all the time. When you see something you find inspiring, whether it’s a colour, a pattern, a craft, a tutorial you want to try, or something else entirely, keep a note of it. That way, when you get some time you can just create.
Depending on the kind of person you are, you might choose to keep a Pinterest board of inspiration, a folder on your phone or computer full of screenshots, or even a scrapbook full of different inspiring collages.
2. Keep a small box or bag of art / craft supplies handy to save time
You have some spare time and you think you’ll just do something creative, then half an hour later you’re still getting your supplies out of the cupboard / drawer / garage… To save time on getting everything out and packing it all up again at the end, you might like to keep a small stash of supplies in a box or bag that’s easy to get to.
Depending on the creative thing you like to do, this might be:
- A box with a small sketchbook, different grades of pencils, and an eraser
- A box with some watercolour paper, a small set of watercolours and a water brush
- A bag with your current knitting project, including the pattern, spare needles, and yarn
3. Think of ways you can use your commute creatively
If you have a daily commute to work, it can feel like wasted time. I get the train, but you might walk, cycle, take a bus or drive.
Some examples of things you might do include:
- Browsing Pinterest on your phone for inspiration
- Using a sketching app on your phone or tablet
- Carrying a mini sketchbook and pencil in your bag
You might find this more difficult if you drive or cycle to work, but your commute can still be good thinking time (if you can do so safely!).
4. Take time out on your lunch break to be creative
Your lunch break is totally necessary to give you a break from your job, but the chances are you don’t use all the time you’re given just eating your lunch. I bet you spend quite a lot of the rest of the time on your phone, scrolling through social media or playing a game. I’m not saying this is a bad thing, but you could definitely use some of that time in a creative way instead.
The examples in the section above apply really well here too. You could also experiment with using the camera on your phone to take photos, or even take a camera to work. Try different compositions in the office or kitchen, or get out and about and take photos of trees and flowers. Even in a city there will be lots worth taking photos of, like buildings, textures, colours and patterns.
5. Get up 15 minutes earlier
It might not sound like a lot but it’s enough to create something quickly, whether it’s a drawing, painting, collage, or whatever else you like to do. It might be enough time to make something small from start to finish, or if you’re working on a larger project it might be enough time to add to that.
You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve in 15 minutes, and even if you’re working on a large project it will soon begin to take shape with an extra 15 minutes work a day.