A Warm Hearted Life’s Get Creative Book
Unlock Time and Energy so you can fit Creative Activities into Your Life (whatever your life looks like….)
Available as a kindle book on Amazon
Get Creative Book content overview.
We all have limited free time and energy for a myriad of reasons. I hope that this book will help you boost the creative parts of your life whatever challenging circumstances you face. By following ideas in this guide I know you will get a sense of satisfaction, progress, and achievement towards some of your creative goals.
I am really excited to share the ways that make it more possible for me to work on creative activities when it is hard just getting the everyday things done each day. When creative interests are at risk of losing any sense of priority and the materials gathering dust or getting buried under clothes or paperwork. My life is much more enjoyable when I can be creative and I am sure yours will be too.
Just getting started with many creative activities can feel overwhelming or out of reach. You keep thinking about doing them and never get much further. You may feel that if you start working on something you need to be able to get it finished in a timely way or it doesn’t seem worth starting.
This book can help you develop a clear plan of what creative things you want to do and to prepare everything so you will be able to start straight away when moments of time, energy, or capacity appear.
It includes all the benefits of a course but you get to pick and choose which things to try rather than follow an order or feel pressure that to Get Creative you need to do 20 things.
The book is very practical, concise, and actionable. Each section has a suggestion of how you can put the strategy or concept into practice. You only need to pick ONE of the strategies to quickly make a difference that helps you add more creative activity back into your life.
This book guides you through developing strategies to help you successfully make good use of your small windows of energy and capacity for creative activities, hobbies, or other goals.
Have the materials at the ready in places you can create. That may be by your bed, the couch, or a table. Maybe you have a box, bag, basket, or tray to keep things together.
Make a plan. Narrow down exactly what you will make or work on rather than having 100 ideas.
Learn the Some not None mindset. There will always be far more things we want to do than we could possibly ever get done. Priotise some projects so you can get on and actually create.
Break projects and goals into Tiny Tasks- Step by step tasks setting up and working through your project. You can set things up so some tasks are only 1 minute long.
Identify times that might work to sit straight down and get on with something creative.
Choose some cues and time-slots to check in and see if it is a good time to working on a creative activity.
Use my “Quarter to Me” strategy to spend 15 minute opportunities doing a creative activity.
Develop some options of what you might spend time doing that nurtures your creative side at times you can’t actually create.
Work with your feelings around creative activities and your current circumstances. For example being overwhelmed by too many options and feeling grief over all the lost time where you haven’t been as creative as much as you wished you could have.
Plan for sourcing supplies you need. Perhaps you can’t easily get to the shops. Tips for using a variety of options- online, friends and family, borrowing items, short shopping trips to get just one or two things etc.
For the purpose of this book I found most creative activities fall into two types and each can be approached in a different way.
Making a “Thing” like a cushion or a scrapbook. These often use a number of different materials, have several decisions, and can have different levels of difficulty in different parts of the process. This type can work well when you break the project down into very short steps or Tiny Tasks.
Doing an ”Activity” like colouring, embroidering, or knitting a scarf. While activities have a start and an end they are more uniform repeating the same action from start to finish rather than a sequence of different tasks. “Activities” work well with the Quarter To Me approach.
The book also introduces the upcoming Handmade for Christmas and The Holidays (or just because) challenge that I will be running. It will use concepts introduced in the book such as Some not None to encourage you to pick a few ideas like make an Advent calendar and some special biscuits. Plan how to fit making them into your life and accept that you can’t make all the wonderful things. Start a tradition of making something each Christmas. I will be featuring this challenge on Pinterest and Instagram (and the Instagram posts go to my Chronic Life Hacks Facebook page)
Available as a kindle book on Amazon