I am taking part in the #52LittleThings challenge with AXA PPP healthcare to make small changes in my lifestyle one week at a time to become a healthier and happier person.
This week it’s about doing something creative…. however I hear your cry ‘what does that have to do with making someone happy and healthy?’
Well I am super pleased to say that being happy is a bonus to our health and to make ourselves happy we have to maintain a balanced lifestyle, which means creativity is just as important.
Now when I mean creativity I don’t necessarily mean whipping out the watercolours and creating a masterpiece, there is a whole load more to actually being creative than you would think.
Now since I am finding it a little frustrating and difficult getting my creative juices flowing since the Summer holidays I have been looking into this with great interest, just how do I kick start my creativity?
Well here’s how:
I am going to follow the model of Graham Wells who said that there were 4 stages of creativity and I am going to start on
PREPARATION – Fairly obviously really but making sure you get yourself in the right frame of mind, organising time or even going and buying something that is needed to ultimately help you become creative. For me this stage is removing all the papers, review items and reclaiming my desk and workspace again. Especially with Joshua starting his 15 hours at nursery this week.
INCUBATION – This is the stage in which reflection takes place, for me it was reflection on the working week, on if Joshua will be ok at nursery doing his extended hours and my lists of things I would like to get done, from media packs to blog posts and maybe even getting round to make a video or 2.
ILLUMINATION – This is a clarity phase, it’s the one that is on the verge of becoming creative ….. and this is where I am now sitting with my blog creativity … until tomorrow, everything is ready my lists are made, childcare sorted and my plan of action is in place and most of all I am excited!
IMPLEMENTATION – Tomorrow morning I will be hopefully in full steam ahead with my creativity and my mind is far clearer for the first time in months so this is only a good thing!
Are you creative? what sort of things are you creative with? If you need some further information on why its great to be creative you can find something
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings and I have been compensated for this post. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.