If you aren’t leaving room for creativity in your life, you could be missing out on opportunities to grow and learn. Giving yourself the opportunity to create, think and enjoy artistic endeavors can provide clarity and insight that you may not get from any other types of professional development efforts. In fact, your best ideas for your business or your career may come from times you set aside for creative efforts.
Creative time allows you to relax, and it gives your brain the ability to think about other things outside of your work. You may find creativity gives you the ability to think more clearly about things, and you could have sudden “aha” moments while you’re busy with your non-work activity. In fact, you may do your best thinking while you’re doing things that don’t involve a lot of thought.
You may feel like you are too busy to include intentional creative time in your schedule. In fact, you could feel constantly stressed and overwhelmed by everything currently on your to-do list, and stepping away from your responsibilities may seem unwise. In reality, taking a “brain break” can actually result in better productivity and final results. Sometimes, taking a break from work is the best thing you can do for your work.
You don’t have to be an artist to benefit from creative time. You could simply cultivate a hobby you enjoy, such as reading a book or doing a crossword puzzle. If you have a hard time including these things in your everyday life, you need to make it a regular priority by including it in your schedule. Taking care of yourself through creativity and regular breaks is as important in your success as anything else you do.
If you aren’t leaving room for creativity, hobbies and stress-relief activities in your schedule, you should be. Taking the time to do these things is a step toward protecting your mental and emotional health, especially in times of stress and busyness.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC