9 Ways to be More Creative in 2018
1. Put Your Oxygen Mask On First
Just like the flight attendant tells you to put your mask on first before assisting someone else, you have to make this a habit in life under all circumstances, not just emergencies. Especially when it comes to living a creative life. You have to have your personal needs met in order to be anything to anybody, even yourself. Take a few moments in the morning to yourself to start your day off right, find time to do your favorite yoga workout a few times a week, take a long hot bubble bath with some rejuvenating essential oils (my favorite is serenity - You can find it here), or have a date night with yourself and go see that movie you've been wanting to see that no one will go with you to watch! You deserve it!
2. Meditate- 2 Minutes Daily
Meditation has a long list of benefits— increasing concentration, reducing stress, and even increasing happiness. These improvements can even be experienced in as little as 2 minutes a day! Seriously- who doesn't have 2 minutes for that kind of return on investment?! If you're not sure where to start, do a quick YouTube search for guided meditation, or download the app Headspace and start with their free plan. It's a great way to get started and also track your progress.
3.Figure Our Your Own Natural Circadian Rhythm And Stick To It
It seems like most of my friends are independent musicians and artists so by nature of the industry, there's a lot of late nights in bars involved in our social circle. I am not a late night person. Never have been, but only recently have I decided to fully embrace by personal circadian calling. I go to bed earlier than everyone I know, and get up around 5:45-6am, and that's when I feel my best. Do what works for you, even if it's not what all the cool kids are doing. You'll feel better, and be happier and more productive. That, my friend, is totally worth it.
4. Schedule It. Seriously.
If it's not scheduled, it's not real.
For reals, find a day planner you like or just use the one in your phone and get into the habit of writing EVERYTHING down you want to accomplish and scheduling specific times to do those things in. I use the beautiful and soul prompting planner by Danielle LaPorte. It get's my intentions clear and keeps me on track, heart and head.
5. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep affects everything. Your energy, your health, your happiness, and even your vision. When you are tired, or hungover, your vision narrows so your brain can focus its resources on what's directly in front of you. You don't see all the beautiful things around you that might provide creative inspiration when you are dragging ass all day with dark circles under your eyes.
6. Lay Off The Booze
I'm guilty myself of making this a social habit multiple times per week. Might wanna weigh the pros and cons a little more closely when those invitations come up. For sure, still keep the stem wear around and make the momentous occasions in your life a priority. But cutting back on the nights out will make those celebrations all the more delicious.