One thing I find with creating, is that it takes space, physical, mental, and time-al? Here are some things to consider as you prepare:
- Clear a physical space.
- Clear a mental space
- Clear space in your schedule
It may seem obvious, but having a clear physical space is really important! I don’t have an extra room to set up a studio of any kind, so our dining room table is my space. While we don’t eat many meals at this table, it is in the middle of our living space, so I don’t want to leave it piled with paints, papers, etc. Though I confess this often happens, I am trying to be more organized, and am actively working on this step.
To bake or cook, you will need table or counter space to gather ingredients, assemble the dough or batter, and cool the final product. Again, this for me, is a constant work in progress. Especially if you live with others, this is something that others can help with!
Next, clearing some space in your mind allows you to focus on your project, even if you are experimenting with a new tool, recipe, or medium, setting aside the rest of your to-do list for this time will be important. You can set a timer if you have other pressing tasks to get to, to avoid getting lost in the creative process, but I would offer that an occasional open ended afternoon of playing with paint, paper, or dough can be very relaxing!
This is something that sometimes requires a choice to make space for. Often it feels like an “extra” that maybe doesn’t or shouldn’t take priority, but I’m learning that if you want it to become a habit, or are looking to increase your skill, it needs to be a priority!
Give yourself permission to create that mental space.
This takes us nicely into a space in your schedule. Having some scheduled time to create can be a great help in building your skill. Just like exercise, putting in on the calendar like an appointment can be a simple way to keep yourself accountable. Sometimes it can feel like play, and shouldn’t take a spot that might be needed for laundry, yard work, or dishes, but if we neglect the creative muscles, you will eventually begin to notice.
As you begin to think about creating, be sure to make space. The first few times may be a little difficult, but the more you allow yourself the opportunity, the more your skills will develop.
How do you create space in your life for creativity?