It’s not always easy to get in to your creative zone.
The three parts of this series are as follows:
- Part One: How To Find Your Personal Creative Environment
- Part Two: How To Create And Use Your Personal Creative Triggers
- Part Three: How To Understand Your Biorhythms Impact on Creativity
Part One: How to Find Your Personal Creative Environment
Your creative environment will be very personal to you. Only you can understand the best environment for you to do you most effective creative work.
It will take time for you to create this environment and refine it for your needs. It will probably constantly change and evolve, as will your creativity.
Once you can recreate your creative environment at will, you will be able to build your creativity at a moment’s notice.
Your creative environment needs to be built around your senses, and certainly that is a good framework to start with. For each sense, you need to think about what you can do to stimulate this in your own personal creative environment.
I will work through how to build this, using my own creative environment as an example. My environment is that of a writer, but yours will be specific to whatever it is that you are creating.
A Sensory Framework For Your Creative Environment
My writing is done looking at a screen. My desk looks out of a window, but my concentration is on the screen and my words. You might require a wider vista for creating. If I want to mix it up, I will work at a different table or head out somewhere else.
At the moment I am writing in Omm Writer and I use their native sounds as my background music. Sometimes if I want to write a long piece at speed I will put on some fast Spanish guitar music on to enable me to keep the pace up.
I either write on my keyboard or my iPad screen directly. I like to change it up to keep things different.
Some people like to burn a scented candle or incense to stimulate their creativity. I don’t do anything specific around this sense.
I like to have a big drink of Yerba Mate tea and some water, sometimes if the mood takes in the evening I will have a glass of wine (I tend to write a lot more then!). Whilst I don’t advocate caffeine or alcohol as a crux for creativity, sometimes it is good to have a bit of stimulation.
The key to the above sensory stimulus framework is that if I put the environment together; the drink, sounds and location; I know that it is time to create. This enables me to create an environment to work in at a moment’s notice.
How to Find Your Creative Environment
Use the above sensory triggers to work out how you like to work.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to get you started:
- What location do I do my best creation in? Is it a particular room or place in my house, or somewhere outside of that?
- What kind of things do I like to have around me when I am creating?
- Do I prefer silence or music to help me create? What type of music or silence do I like?
- Do I need to interact with or be around people to create? If so, who and when?
- What times of the day do I work the most effectively?
- Are there any easily repeatable things I can do to stimulate my creativity? This could be a particular brand of coffee or lighting some incense.
- How long can I stay in my creative environment for without my creativity being stifled?
What you have to do is try out different things and see what works for you.
Some people like to work to loud music, others, like me, need music without lyrics so they are not distracted. Some people do their best creative work in noisy coffee shop, while others in a peaceful garden.
Your creative zone will no doubt evolve with you over time.
The key thing that I want you to take away from this article is this:
If you understand your own creative environment, that you can put together when you need it, then you can trigger your best creative work more easily.
I mention triggers because that is the subject of next week’s article about finding your creative zone.
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Thanks for reading.
Please let me know in the comments how you create your creative environment. Do you have any extra tips?