Staying creative is a tricky beast — with so much information being thrown at us from all directions, it can be hard to release your mind from the distractions and really focus on creating something new.
I’m working on a personal project to get my creative synapses properly firing, but I’m finding it hard to really get it off the ground. By the time I get home from work my ability to think creatively has been used up for another day and the minutae of running a household takes over. How does one find the time to think and work creatively while there are towels to be washed, pots of pasta to stir, cat litter trays to empty and gym memberships to ignore?
Number 2 on this list is finally working its way into my daily life: for all the years I have loved Moleskine notebooks, I’ve always been terrible at actually using them. I’ve collected all the part-used notebooks and put them in a pile by my front door to remind me to take them with me when I leave the house, so now all I just come up with something to go in them.
Number 11 has also been taken on with some gusto lately, but is faltering as I inevitably find myself listening to my three ‘new’ bands (at the moment Frightened Rabbit, The National, and Bön Iver) on repeat and forget to look for anything else. A Spotify subscription should hopefully resolve this. Are you listening Santa?
Next, I’m going to take on number 31 — my workspace is currently wherever I end up with my laptop, usually on the sofa in front of the TV… not the most inspiring. I’ve decided there shall be two spaces for work in my flat: my dining table for hanging on to the kitchen winter warmth and the study for the serious ‘get your head down’ stuff. Now where do I find the motivation to tidy up my workspace so I can have the motivation to work?
This is mainly for my own use but as others seem to be finding it useful I’ll publish it here. (Full spreadsheet can be found at Google Docs)