Creating a home office was one of my best moves. Yes I could set up on my dining room table but would it make me feel 'creative' ? Would it help me create my best work? Would I feel in the zone? The answer was no. I knew I had to create my own space.
When it materialised 'my own space' was actually very simple. A desk, a comfy chair with a newly purchased cushion from Habitat on it at exactly the right angle, a set of three drawers with everything I needed. A pin board for inspiration. Various post it notes. A pencil case full of sharpies...
This relatively clean space helps keep my thoughts clear and concise. However 'my creative space' changes. If I am learning lines for an acting job, I much prefer to be outside pacing round the park or sitting on a rug in the sun. Or if I have a new play to read, I always settle myself in the comfiest arm chair in the house.
Knowing and understanding how you work creatively is crucial to your success. For you it may not be a space, it may be using a particular item such as your favourite notebook. Or maybe you are creative at certain points of the day?
Here are five strategies to help you create your creative environment:
1. What are you currently working on?
Firstly I want you to identify the project and your focus. Get specific. Rather than saying 'being the best actor I can be' break it down'. What do you need to do? What does that look like on a daily/weekly/monthly basis? How can you create the creative space to assist the process.
2. Make some creative time for yourself
Start to schedule it. Often the weeks can go by so quickly and we forget to focus on what really matters to us. Look at your week ahead and block out some creative time- don't wait until you feel like it. Do it now and see what happens.
3. Make some creative headspace for yourself
Don't casually lie back on the sofa and hope to be inspired- go out and get inspired. Visit your favourite landmarks, listen to music, source pinterest, hop on to You Tube- feel your head with the good stuff. If you don't feel creative, try something different.
4. Make some creative physical space for yourself
If your home is cluttered and noisy, take yourself and your laptop to your favourite cafe or pub. Find a quiet corner and focus on the task in hand. If you do have a corner of your house that suits you, make it the best and most 'you' that you can. Fuel the creative process, don't stifle it.
5. Make creativity consistent
Don't wait until you have a block of a fortnight to get cracking, take consistent action.Consciously find ways to exercise your creativity every day-arrange your meals beautifully on the plate. Rearrange your favourite creative possession