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A Different Way to Live Life

Creativity is Key

on November 29, 2012

I’m on a mission.

What is my mission, you ask?

My mission is to bring creativity into everyday life.

How can I do this?

One way: by changing the way we procrastinate.

As of now, procrastination has a negative connotation. Dictionary.com defines it as “the act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.”

Although it is seen as bad, procrastination is inevitable; we all find ourselves doing it. When we’re writing papers for work or for school, we slowly (or quickly) drift off to Facebook, or another internet site that captivates our attention more than the work we’re supposed to be doing does.

Some of My Doodles

But what if, instead of spending time on things that draw our mind away from our imagination, we spent it on the exact opposite?

Try to count how many minutes you spend procrastinating each day. It’s probably a lot (it’s okay – you can admit it – you’re not alone!). Now imagine what would happen if you spent that time working on a hobby or discovering a new one.

If you like to write, procrastinate by writing. Who knows, you might end up with a novel. If you like art, draw a picture, paint a painting, or sculpt a sculpture. Or, if you want to multitask and do some of your work at the same time, simply doodle (if you observe me throughout the day, you’ll notice that I am an avid doodler). Just be creative in any way possible.

Being creative opens up your mind to the possibilities in the world and allows you to look at the world through a more imaginative lens. Creativity and imagination are two of the most prevalent words in my life. I frequently describe myself using those words and they are the two of the parts of my identity that I have the most pride in. I love that I am able to sit down and write a story or draw a picture (with my favorite medium, oil pastels) and be happy (and amazed) with the result. To be fair, at the beginning, I was not the most amazing writer or artist (no one is – even those who have a knack for it), but, several years ago, I began to find time within my day to practice these hobbies, and I have since greatly improved. As a little girl, I was told “practice makes perfect,” and although no one is perfect (and I most certainly have not, and never will, completely change how I procrastinate), practice certainly makes better.

A Recent Oil Pastel Drawing

Too many people have told me they have no time to be creative. They say they have too much schoolwork or too many responsibilities, and taking time out of their busy schedules to work on a hobby is not conducive to their lives. Their work takes precedence over everything else.

And while I agree that everyone has a lot of work to do, a simple change in the common procrastination habits is all that is necessary to allow work and play to happily exist side by side.

And that is where I come in.

On this blog, I will post new suggestions of creative activities to do in different situations, such as while procrastinating. These activities will get the imaginative side of your mind running and encourage (and hopefully inspire) you to make creativity a priority in your life.

Creative challenge:

Here is your first creative challenge: Start (and maintain!) a blog about anything in the entire universe that interests you. Whenever you have an extra few minutes, use them to write a post.

Have fun!!

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How much do you value creativity in your life? Comment below to discuss.

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20 responses to “Creativity is Key

  1. Wow Zoe! What an incredible idea, our world must become more creative. I am so happy to see someone sees the importance of creativity.

  2. Melissa says:

    Creativity truly fuels how we interact with the world. I look forward to reading more!

  3. Ramona says:

    Love the idea and LOVE your doodles Zoe, especially the artistic way you have displayed them ….. thank you for brightening up my day xoxox

  4. Liz Dee says:

    Hey Zoe, I love your idea here. I try to do what you’ve mentioned here, and it truly helps. Doodling is my passion as well. I’m happy to see someone actually post about this. c:

  5. Jeremy Orlando says:

    I enjoy this piece of intellectual talk, it’s a change from the #swagyolo lifestyle i live (:
    but seriously this is really good! 😀

  6. barriwaltcher says:

    This is a great idea, Zoe. I tell my career clients all the time that they have lots of uncaptured time during the day when they could be doing more productive things!

  7. Holly says:

    That is a great idea Zoe =) I love your blog ❤

  8. Alexandra says:

    great ideas zoe 🙂 can’t wait to hear more! Also, your drawings are beautiful

  9. Ronda says:

    Love it Zoe! Creativity is a huge part of our lives and often lends it self to “outside the box” problem solving skills! This world certainly needs to get more outside the box with their problem solving skills! Perhaps This new way of approaching the art of procrastination will bring about a new generation of problem solvers and creative souls who make our world a more beautiful place to live both visually and spiritually!

    • Zoe says:

      Thank you very much, Ronda! I completely agree. It is important that everyone finds some time in their day to be creative, and, once they do so, anything is possible!

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