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Can you build creativity in 5 minutes a day?

Updated: Jan 26, 2022

One of the biggest misconceptions about creativity is that it is a flowing, ethereal quality that you either have or you don't. Creativity is not a fleeting moment of genius found only in artists or writers or chefs. It's in all of us. It's there whether you like it or not. It does, however, need to be used for it to work well. Creativity is like a muscle. It needs exercise and nourishment. It needs to be flexed regularly or it sags and doesn't respond as quickly when you want to lift something heavy or tackle a new challenge.

Just like building muscle, building your creativity means using it consistently, every day. But here's the good news: this does not mean that you need to spend hours and hours every day learning a new artistic skill. If you want to do that and have the time, then by all means, go ahead. It's a wonderful, fulfilling way to spend your day. The key here is consistency, not quantity. It's about creating a practice, a habit, something that becomes as natural and important to your daily routine as brushing your teeth or drinking a glass of water.

To help you bring creativity into your daily lives I am introducing the Daily Creative. Each day I will post a short, creative exercise that takes under 5 minutes. You won't need special tools or art supplies. If you have those and want to use them, great. They are fun to play with. But for now, just bring yourself.

Check back here, or on instagram, for daily prompts, and do let me know what you try. Or if you already have a practice, let me know about that too. And as always, if you want support in your creative life, or creatively in your life, please reach out.

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