How to build a Creative Routine
Do you ever find that creativity strikes all at once? Maybe it’s when you’re browsing through Pinterest, taking a walk, or even just putting away the dishes. A series of ideas rush to you, and you don’t know what to do with it!
For me, ideas and inspiration strike at the most inconvenient times. But then, when I sit down to actually come up with ideas, my brain responds with radio silence. It seems to have forgotten those brilliant ideas, or it comes up with ideas that are just not as good.
One of the most interesting things about creativity is that there is no rhyme or reason for when inspiration strikes. We all have this image of the eccentric artist, bubbling with creativity, and has no choice but to pour out their creativity the minute inspiration strikes.
But what happens if you are both analytical and creative? My biggest struggle has been trying to balance creativity with a routine or process.
Being analytical and process-oriented — (I’m obsessed with planning and journaling), I’m taking my sporadic creativity in stride, and building a process around creativity, so the good ideas are never forgotten!
What to do when Inspiration Strikes
Ideas often come to me at the most inconvenient times — when I’m cleaning the kitchen, browsing TikTok, or trying to fall asleep for an early morning call.
After trying many, many times to recall the ideas and usually failing, I’ve taken matters into my own hands, and I write down any ideas that come to me.
Since my phone is close to me, most of the time, a lot of the ways I jot down ideas are on my phone. Here are a few places I like to note down my ideas:
- Notes app on my phone
- Saving inspiration on Pinterest boards
- Voice Memo
- Instagram Saves
- Bookmarked on my Chrome Browser
- Journal on my bedside
Having a variety of places to make a note of these ideas ensures they are not forgotten. But saving ideas is only half the battle. The other part is looking back at the inspiration to execute your creativity.
My Monthly Creative Routine
The beginning of the month for me always signals a fresh start, like a new chapter in a book.
After spending most of the month collecting ideas, I take some time to sort through all the ideas at the beginning of every month.
And then come up with a list of projects that I will be trying, along with a rough idea of dates.
If you have a creative business or side project (on Instagram or your own blog), this might be how you approach your content calendar. But there’s no reason you can’t use this technique for your hobbies.
This monthly ritual is usually accompanied by my favorite coffee, and candle — something I highly recommend!
Baking is one of my creative outlets. At the beginning of every month, I like to make a list of all the baking projects I’d like to try. Here is the rough process I follow to make sure I have all the things I need.
Browse Inspirational Notes
I use this time to clear out and organize all the notes I wrote down in all the different places. Then I make a list of all the projects I want to try or experiment with.
Take a look at your calendar
If there are any upcoming holidays, birthdays, or even the season might give you ideas on how to incorporate your project list for these.
At the beginning of this May, I’m thinking about:
- Mother’s Day
- Father’s Day
- Graduation Season
- All things summer!
I also note any seasonal flavors I want to try, maybe lemon, strawberries, blueberries, and something mango?
New Projects to Try
Some days I feel like I’m bombarded with new ideas, on TikTok, on Instagram. New trends or new techniques always pique my curiosity.
Lately, these have caught my eye:
Revisit something old
Sometimes it's a recipe I haven’t made in a while and miss it. Other times, it’s a technique I want to improve on.
This month, I think these confetti chocolate chip cookies will make an appearance. They have been sorely missed in our house.
Group them by week
Once I have a full list, I like to group them by which week of the month I will complete the project. It just gives me a roadmap and structure to bake with.
Make a list of supplies and ingredients
Ever go into the kitchen only to realize you’re missing a key ingredient? Then you’re sitting there Googling all the ways you can substitute it, and before you know it, it’s been 3 hours down that rabbit hole.
Having a list of supplies and ingredients is useful when I’m grocery shopping for the week or browsing on my favorite online shopping sites.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that you have to stick to your calendar or list of things. Inspiration can still strike whenever, but having a rough idea gives me something to look forward to and feel like I’m making progress on my projects.
Originally published at https://sprinklesandscribbles.com on May 2, 2021.