Here are 7 simple steps I use to start my creativity every morning. It’s sort of the secret to the universe, but don’t tell anyone.
“Create something today that did not exist before”
Every morning when I wake up I run through a series of simple steps to boost my creativity. Ultimately I focus on one thought in particular, well, I would have to say it’s more like a ritual or habit that I do. It’s funny because it actually came from something I used to think of when I was younger even before I thought I was going to become an artist and its the mantra in many ways to my whole existence. It’s a simple sentence that is the defining factor of who I am.
Now, that might seem a little simplified but let me expand upon that a little bit. When I say I want to create something that did not exist before it doesn’t necessarily always mean that I need to create something from scratch. It can be an improvement or a modification even a quick adjustment or a minor tweak: hell it could be a complete teardown and rebuild. Either way, it’s the process of creation.
What I recommend
Here is a list that I think will help you unlock some of that creativity. This one hour will change your entire world. It is very important that you have a timer going for these sections as they have a tendency to mesmerize you.
Get up 1 hour earlier than you ever have before.
Congratulations, you have just discovered a life-changing trick. This is your new me time, this is the time that you will not be distracted by anything. Of course, you are losing a little bit of sleep but what you’ll gain will be far worth it. Follow me as I explain.
Don’t even think about looking at social media or news
This is the absolute one thing you cannot do. You must not visit any social media platforms or news outlets. This time in the morning is not for discovering what’s going on in the world, this time in the morning is special. It’s to discover what you should be doing creatively in your world today. If you find yourself watching Netflix just go back to bed and when you wake up you can lay in your dull bed of guilt.
Get a dot grid based journal
Don’t just go grab some pieces of paper, please don’t try to reuse that old spiral bound notebook that you think you may have some space in. You need to do the act of actually buying a new sketchbook with the purpose that this will be your creative journal. I don’t care if you have the latest computer or tablet or for that matter a $20,000 graphics workstation beast, you need to buy a dot grid hardcover notebook. Here is one that I use most often.
Start sketching the two creative problems you want to solve – 20 min
Now that you have a journal for when you wake up in the morning, I want you to just start sketching. This jump starts your creativity in such a great way. What I mean is that sketching is not just drawing but writing down words, emotions, whatever comes to you. This process is extremely personal and it’s very hard to direct exactly what you should be journaling about. I can give you some advice that I use to find a starting point. Write down two problems you would like to solve. From this point, you can draw a freaking monkey for all I care. It’s just something about the act of writing that has a physical and mental connection that stimulates your subconscious in the way that I can’t explain. This process of sketching should take about 20 minutes.
Move your body – change your mind – 20 min
The next 20 minutes I recommend a physical activity. I’m not about to tell you how to work out or how to strengthen your core; just don’t be static. Remember, is not the act of calorie burning it’s the action of invigorating your entire body. The key to this part should be to focus on the two problems that you wrote down in your journal that you would like to solve today. As hard as it may be trying focus exclusively on those two tasks while you walk or do pushups or whatever you do to keep moving.
Return to your sketching – 10 min
After you have finished your physical activity return to your journal and continue sketching your ideas in your thoughts. Spend 10 min.
Reflection – My favorite section – 10 min
The last 10 minutes are maybe one of my favorite parts of this process. I originally thought the sketching would be what I would look most forward to but I discovered that this reflection time is truly what become the catalyst of the day. The logic behind is simply that I get to look back at the past 50 minutes and say I won this fight, I took a step closer to my goal. If you truly sketched out 2 problems that you would like to solve for the day I bet that you have a better understanding of what you would need to do versus waking up having a cup of coffee or tea and trying to figure this process out while you start your day.
Let me know how this worked out for you….