Last week I spoke about not being OK with lacking the time to be creative and how we arrive at this state of affairs through our own choices.

If it is not OK with you, what can you do?

My first suggestion is to sit down and do a time map.  How do you do this?

Beginning NOW, and for the next week make a note of all the activities you do in a week and how long you spend on each one. I know – I can hear your thoughts ….. I haven’t got time to do that, what a dumb idea…. etc etc. However if you can get over your inner Mr Negative Feedback person, this will give you invaluable insight into how to make more time appear in your day.  Why? Because you will get the chance to see where you squander your precious minutes, hours and days and how you might use them better.

Now Listen UP!!!

MOST IMPORTANT!    Please include things like………………………….

Time spent –

  • Chatting with friends
  • Chatting on the phone or to the neighbour over the back fence
  • Hanging out or doing washing
  • Answering emails!!!!!!
  • Work work
  • Preparing meals and eating them
  • Showering
  • Going out for coffee
  • Running around after other people like, kids, bosses, partners and needy friends

etc. etc. etc…… you get the idea.  WHY is it important or even useful to do this?

When you make time to do this little exercise you can then see, over the course of the week where most of your time goes and look at how some of those activities might be condensed or even eliminated.

Then build yourself a list of all these activities and prioritize them into 4 categories –

  • Things that Have To Be Done – ie. Meal preparation, work work, cleaning house/garden – weekly or daily repeatables etc
  • Things I’d like to do if I had time – Personal time
  • Creative Time
  • Things To Be Delegated

Now put this information into a mind map. – It might look like this.

Making Time To Create

 

This Week’s Question: How might you make time for your creativity?

Next Week’s Insights: What to do with this i information.

 

Creativity Myth #3

“I love being creative, I just can’t seem to find the time.”

Time is a funny thing wouldn’t you agree. It seems to be elastic, invisibly stretchy.  Some days seem to contain so much more time than others.  The old saying  ‘Time flies when you’re having fun’ has a lot of wisdom in it.

There is really only one thing in the world in which there is true equality and that is TIME. We all get to have 24 hours in a day – no less no more.  The all important question is – What do you do with your 24 hours?

Are you playing

A good way to think of time is to pretend it is money.  Here are some things to think about….

  • How do you spend your time?
  • Are you thrifty with your time?
  • Do you squander your time?
  • Do you have a savings plan?
  • Who steals your time – or rather – who do you allow to steal your time?

Now of course we all lead busy lives so often find ourselves far too busy to get our creativity out of the back pocket, dust it off and see what it looks like. Why is it do you think that you can’t find the time to be creative?

I can hear the million and one excuses (no apology for the word) bubbling into your head right now.  The simple truth is, that if you are not being creative it is because you are choosing not to be.  It is not because you don’t have the time, rather it is because other things have a higher priority for you, and that is OK – you just need to acknowledge it, allow it to be what it is and not beat yourself up about it. 

If it is not OK with you  – well what to do about that ?  See next week’s post for some ideas on how to tackle this.

This Weeks Question: What is one thing you could do this week to make some new creative time for yourself.  It doesn’t have to be big – tiny steps…….

 

 

Creativity

Myth #2 We aren’t all born creative – and I don’t have a creative bone in my body. Why do people think that do you suppose? Could it be that they really believe it, or is it that they just don’t understand the nature of creativity?

To really embrace this idea that we are creative we must first understand the nature of creativity. What is it?  How do I know that I have it?

We tend to have very limiting beliefs around creativity, what it is and how we do it. People generally tend to think of art and it’s offshoots, to be what creativity is all about.

Think about your life. When did you really, really, really want something? How did that something arrive? It began with seeing or hearing about something and having feelings about that thing. This may or may not have had anything to do with art. From the feelings, your desire for that thing began to grow which in turn made you feel good when you thought about it….. and so it goes on until that thing turns up in your life.

Sometimes this happens in a way that you could never have planned or arranged in a million years.  However the fact remains that you have created it – your thoughts and emotions created it! This is true creativity…….. and it’s what we all do every day of our lives.  We can create anything we want so long as we focus on the positive aspects of that thing, have good feelings about it believe in the possibility of it……and not the absence of it or the not having of it.

So how does this relate to creativity and art, if we are all born with this ability to create anything. It means that what ever our area of interest, from cooking or wood working to facilitating, or accountancy – we can bring our own flair, our own flavour if you like to that thing.  We can create new ways of doing things, making things or transferring information.  This is all creativity.

This weeks Question: Can you make a list of ALL the creative things you currently do in your life?

A friend sent me these amazing photos this week of a flower festival that takes place in  “Bloemencorso” Zundert in the Netherlands. This event began in 1936 as a flower parade and has since become the become the oldest and most celebrated flower festival  in Europe. Ever since it began, Zundert in the Netherlands has hosted an annual flower show Bloemencorso. On average 50,000 visitors come to the town to look at the brilliant flower displays.

Giraffes made from Dahlia Flowers

Giraffes made from Dahlia Flowers

 

Something's Fishy

Something’s Fishy

 

Tigers

Tigers

Here is a link to a Video of the procession…..I think the next one is my favourite – I just love the cows! To think all these things are made with flowers is just mind blowing!! And yet you know the people who do these probably consider themselves quite ordinary and ‘uncreative’

Flowering Cows

Flowering Cows

This Weeks Question: How can you use flowers to enhance the quality of your life and your creativity?

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christmas Star - Water color Kadira Jennings

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas Season filled with Joy, Abundance and Happiness in all things.

Thank you for coming here and reading my thoughts and musings on creativity.  I hope I have provided some inspiration for you over the past 12 months and look forward to continuing on into the coming year. At Christmas after The Day is over, we often find some spare time on our hands.  Don’t waste the opportunity to follow your creative free spirit at this time.

And keep on creating …………..

Something that occurred to me today, was to talk about how we engage with creativity; why we do or don’t engage with it and about making time for it. There are many issues here to look at, so let’s list them to begin an ongoing discussion. Of course there may well be more than this.

1. We are all creative – except me that is.

2. We aren’t all born creative and I don’t have a creative bone in my body.

3. I love being creative, I just can’t seem to find the time.

4. Creativity is for weirdos and I don’t want to be like that.

5. I’m a businessman/woman and I don’t have the time or inclination for creativity.

6. What use is creativity anyway?

7. I’ll get back to it when my kids are older or I retire.

8. I can’t earn a living being creative – starving artist syndrome.

9. I wish I could be creative, I just don’t know where to start.

10. Creativity is just an excuse to not be responsible.

11. Get a REAL job.

There are probably many, many more statements that spring to mind, and you know what, we all have our own special one.  I’m sure you may have said some of these very things to your self at one time or another. So I am going to begin at the beginning, because at the core of every single one of these statements are two very important things which are addressed in the first two items on the list.  Really everything else stems from them!

1. FIRSTLY – it is a universal principle – we are ALL creative and YOU are NOT  the exception!

In order to address these statements let’s look at the whole idea of creativity a little more closely. The first thing to be clear about is that there is nothing original under the sun. All creativity is built on the shoulders of those who have gone before. Even The Renaissance had it’s seeds in the cave paintings of the ancients. When we create an ‘original’ work we are always using some element of something that some one before us has created, even if it is a beautiful landscape we are sitting in, not even a photograph of one. The amazing Creator of our planet created it.

Often as artists we get bogged down in the place of, I’ve got to produce something new and original, something awesome that no one has ever done before. I think that secretly there is a little bit of that wish in all of us. However do you think that expectation is either realistic or possible?

What we can achieve is something that may appear to be original but is founded on past works. I did a series of paintings in 2011-2012 that actually honoured the creators before us. I used various elements, from Ancient Greece, to a facade from Venice, old clocks and so on.  Below is one of these works.

Beginnings

Beginnings

The boy is a statue from Ancient Greece, the golden leaves from a piece of ancient Roman glassware, the lace work from a Venetian window and the Roman numerals on the clock are from an old clock in Sydney.

This Weeks Question: What can you use to build on that someone else before you has already created?

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