4 benefits of daily creativity

I‘m a fan of simple habits; small daily actions that integrate into a thoughtful life.

Doing dishes after a meal, taking an evening walk …and creating something new and lovely. Oh, how I love creativity and the way it enriches my days.

At one point, I didn’t think of myself as a creative person—but I wanted to be. So, I decided to create anyway . Know what I discovered?

When you engage your creativity every day, it becomes easier to do, even if you thought you weren’t creative.

And what good does this do?

1. Better problem solving

Creating opens up your brain to more creative solutions. You look at things and think, “There could be a better way.”

2. Increased focus

Creating consistently helps your focus. Ever noticed how hard it is to read without first checking your email, then jumping over to Facebook, then clicking on another website, and then over to Pinterest?

(I’m not the only one, right?)

When you create something you really enjoy—writing, painting, making something with your hands, whatever—you get into a groove because you love it.

3. Self-awareness

Tapping into my creativity gave me a new appreciation for who I am—created in the image of a highly-imaginative God. I have this amazing ability to create something beautiful, to bring something delightful to the world.

What an awesome gift.

4. Giving

Once you create something, it’s a gift to give it to someone else and enjoy their delight.

I invited my grandma over for dinner one evening, and wanting to make it special, I made a place card for her. It had her name, written beautifully (well, I tried), with the meaning of her name printed underneath.

She was so touched by that simple gesture that she still has it on her fridge and talks about it whenever we visit.

Creativity matters. Not just for you, but for others, too.

You say you’re not creative? Start with a drawing—my favorite is sketching a layout of my tiny dream house. Maybe start a blog. Try those adult coloring books. Create an upload videos. Curate playlists of your favorite music.

Or, you could paint, crochet, make soap, sew, build, design, anything. Take a community cooking or pottery class. The possibilities are endless.

And when you hit on something you love, keep at it. Then, find a way to use your creativity to benefit someone else.

Just start. Make a point to create something every day, no matter how small.

Have a good day,
again and again.

If you feel in your bones the need to simplify so you can live the life you're meant to live...

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17 Comments

  1. Kathrine

    I absolutely LOVE this! I totally agree that creativity is for EVERYONE. I’ve heard people use the excuse that they are a typical left brain person: lawyers, scientists, math teachers etc. But hey, none of us are walking around with brains cut in half! We all have creativity, it just need to be cultivated. I think abstract painting can be a great way to start, playing with colors and shapes 🙂

  2. Susie

    I absolutely agree… there’s something so fulfilling in creating something, even if none else sees it.

    I’ve recently got into scrapbooking and although I don’t spend much on my hobby and the results are only seen by my family, just giving myself space to focus on playing with colours, textures and layouts has had really positive effects on other areas of my life.

    I used to have a problem with shopping and it fascinates me to see how the simple act of cutting and sticking has completely replaced the urge to keep purchasing pretty new things for my home.

    I used to blog but find writing in a journal just between me and God suits my personality far better – I think sometimes the worries of what people will think, will they approve, etc can wear you down after a while and the key to this sort of daily creativity I think, is to make it an uplifting space in a normal day.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Naomi Liz Figueroa

      “…the key to this sort of daily creativity I think, is to make it an uplifting space in a normal day.”
      I love that, Susie! Making an uplifting space in a normal day….it’s a nice little mantra.

  3. Shelly

    This is so true. Creativity is the heart of our homeschool. That is the way my children learn, so we’re always knee deep in some sort of creative process, whether it would be painting, writing and illustrating, or even making homemade makeup. Excellent post!

  4. Caroline Starr Rose

    Something that has helped me with focus is using MacFreedom while writing. Having a way to block the Internet for a time is a simple way to keep my head where it needs to be. Now, if only I used it more regularly… 😉

  5. gina

    Nina, I completely feel the same way! Love everything about this post!

  6. Lisa

    I need to remember to be intentional and set aside time for that every day.

  7. Sarah @ Little Bus on the Prairie

    I have definitely found this to be true.

    For me, personally, writing can be the simplest and most basic way for me to get my creative juices flowing. It gives me a whole new perspective on life thinking about how to word an experience or moment later and adds a value and appreciation for the everyday moments because I’m always looking for inspiration.

    It also gives me the opportunity to view the negative aspects of events in a positive light when I’m writing them out because I’m delving more deeply into the situation and piecing things out instead of just staying inside my own head.

  8. Megan

    This post is really timely for me. Just this week I’ve decided to dust off an old blog and start writing again. Writing is such an act of discovery for me; it helps me crystallize my thoughts in a way that washing dishes fails to do. 🙂 I also am going to make time for sewing – making something with my hands reminds me I’m not just a head full of thoughts.

  9. Malana

    Thank you for motivating me with your inspirational words. I don’t often take the time to nurture my creativity and I should because it lifts up my days. I’m going to try to make it a habit to create something on a daily basis even if I only can grab 15 minutes here or there to do it.

  10. Jessica

    I hear ya! Tonight I will be sewing! 🙂

  11. Naomi Liz Figueroa

    I love this! I’ve been challenged over the last few months to make space for the things I love and that are important to me. There are so many distractions and so much noise that it can be hard for me to just put the computer or phone away and do things I really love.
    “Create space” has been echoing in my mind for months, and I’ve slowly been changing my habits. If something is important to me, I want to create space for it in my life. I love the quote by Annie Dillard: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
    So this post is a challenge to me because I’d like to create a daily habit of writing, even if it’s just journaling for myself. Thanks for the challenge and inspiration! 🙂

  12. Wendy

    YES! My problem is that since discovering this and trying to make sure I get creative time every day, I’m getting really selfish and I just want more! I’m trying to figure out how to be content and thankful for the time I DO get!

    I think a lot of people get that creative drive squelched in school and forget what they’re capable of. A lot of times “creativity” is taken to mean something “artistic”, which can be intimidating. However, as human beings who were created by a creative God, it makes sense that we would all have an innate drive to create built in to us. I think it’s helpful to remind people who think they’re not creative that creativity can mean things like solving a problem or developing a more efficient process, etc.

  13. hina

    So true and relevant. I try to take time out from my kids and daily chours, and do some knitting. To me it not only satisfy my creative urge but act as a therpy. Now most recently I have added blogging to the list as it is another form of therpy too.

  14. hina

    So true and relevant. I try to take time out from my kids and daily chours, and do some knitting. To me it not only satisfy my creative urge but act as a therpy. Now most recently I have added blogging to the list as it is another form of therpy.

  15. hina

    I cannot agree more.Creativity for me is doing things (you are already into)in a better way although I use some rather formal outlets as well like knitting and most recently blogging.

  16. Jo@simplybeingmum

    Creating is an important part of my daily life also. Last Spring (has it really been that long?) I mapped out 5 personal daily priorities – 2 of which involved the creation of something. Then as we reached new year I added focus into the mix. that’s helping. Focus. A creative mind can sometimes (in my case anyhow :)) get distracted.

    Each day I create something. Maybe I bake, write, or simply make a homemade card for a birthday.

    I love the fact that whatever is created, it was not there just an hour before. It is unique, probably never to be replicated in exactly the same way again.

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