How To Stay Inspired And Creative During Holidays And Busy Times
There's a special family or social event coming up, you need to travel for work, or maybe the holidays approach.
It could be any number of things: but you know that your routine will be disrupted and, with that, your creative time.
Does this mean that you should feel guilty about not having the usual amount of time and focus for your creativity? Or turn your back on your creativity altogether and tell yourself that you'll get back to it when you have more time?
But then you feel even more guilty by avoiding it and perhaps a bit cranky and resentful of whatever (and whomever) it is that is keeping you from your creative work? And then you can't even enjoy this time with your family or whatever the occasion may be?
If any of this sounds familiar, you are not alone!
Instead of spiraling down this creative-holiday rabbit hole of shame, I propose a new approach that will keep you feeling creative and give you the peace of mind to enjoy whatever is going in your life.
1. Schedule In Small Pockets Of Time.
Can you squeeze in 5 minutes? Maybe 10? If possible, set your alarm for ten minutes earlier each day and give yourself this time to journal, meditate, brainstorm ideas, or just look over your current or upcoming creative project so that you can stay in the zone. You’ll be amazed at how much this will help you stay connected to your creativity and will sustain you as you go about your day.
Also, when you know you only have a few precious minutes, sometimes you can be more focused and productive and immediately dive deeply into your work. So you may be able to get some good creative work done during these short periods of time, as well.
2. Acknowledge That You're In A Gathering Period
There are going to be times when you're able to hunker down, tune out the world, and work on your creativity...
And then there will be times when you're out in the field getting research, simply observing, living your life, and filling the well for your creative projects.
In other words, when you can't directly work on your creativity, rather than feeling stressed about it, you can reframe it as a "Gathering Period" and switch your creative focus to gathering inspiration and ideas from everything around you.
Then you can take what you've gathered and let it fuel your creative work when you're able to return to it.
Do you see how much better this feels?
Be sure to have a way to jot down or record any inspiration while you're gathering (a cell phone or notepad will usually do just fine.)
Also, use this time consciously and not as an excuse to avoid your creative work (we all know how easy it is to find those excuses, right?) We don't want a gathering period to go on for weeks, months, or even years. Give yourself a deadline and then enjoy!
3. Take an Intentional Break
If you know that there are going to be certain days when you just can’t get to your creativity, take a conscious break from it.
Tell yourself that you will be fully present with whatever it is that you’re doing that day and that you’ll return to your creativity on X date (set a date and be sure to stick to it.)
Give yourself permission to take that break but keep it short (three days at the most but less is better.) This will allow to actually enjoy the time off and come back refreshed and ready to get back to your creative work.
4. Have a Plan For Returning To Your Creative Work
Set a date to return to your creativity and have something set in place that will make it exciting and enticing so that you're really fired up to resume your work.
A great way to do this is to know that you have a class or program lined up that will support and ignite your creativity.
This will give you the peace of mind to relax and enjoy your break or holiday AND you’ll be so excited and inspired to know this you have something special coming up for you and your creativity.
It's always a delicate dance to balance our creativity and our lives. Knowing this, being aware, and having conscious tools to allow you to navigate this balance as you take conscious breaks from your creative routine will allow you to feel empowered, support your creativity, and help you feel more at peace and enjoy life more.
Enjoy the video below where I talk about the Four Ways To Stay Inspired and Creative During The Holidays: