Creative work first, then reactive work

Creative Work First

Do you ever feel like every last drop of creativity has been wrung from your heart?  Do you wonder if you’ll ever have an original idea again?

Oh my, how I can relate.

Why is it that creative projects always seem to be the ones I can cut from my list.  Well, actually, creative projects sometimes never even make it on to my list.  They can seem expendable, even frivolous at times.

It’s so easy to fill my day with details; things that have to be done.  And like I said last week, I can become a servant to others when I allow this approach to drive my day.

When the demands of others controls me, there’s often a part of myself that goes missing.

This has happened many times in my life – often for lovely reasons.  It happened when my children were small.  It happened when I started a new job.  It happened when we’ve had financial troubles.  It’s easy to go on auto-pilot and just do what needs to be done.  But it’s at those exact times – when I need the most creative ideas –  that they are the most noticeably absent.

In the most demanding of seasons,  I stop carving out time for creativity, and simply react to my circumstances. How quickly my well of creative, deep thought drives up.

And yet when I stretch my creative muscles and allow myself time to think, something happens.  It’s like turning on the hose, sometimes it  drips slowly, and other times it floods. But there’s always fresh water flowing.

Here’s another way to look at it. When we are doing something creative,  it’s like removing a wall between the left and right hemispheres of our brains.  It allows our thoughts to have a free-for-all. When that happens, previously unrelated thoughts grasp hands becoming brilliant ideas. (like how peanut butter and chocolate are brilliant) Really fresh ideas develop when we unleash our thoughts from the tight rein we tend to keep them on.

So what does that mean for us today?

We must plan time for creative thought.  We must give creative projects value.  We must incorporate creative activities into our days.

Your creative choices aren’t a waste of time or money. They can be a source of energy and life and excitement. Your mind will love you for it … and I’m pretty sure all this amazingness will spill over into your other responsibilities and work.

Maybe you’re creative with canvas and paint.  Some women are creative in the kitchen. Others are creative at bedtime telling little ones a story.  Some are creative with arranging clothing or furniture.  Maybe for you it’s jewelry, photos, greeting cards.  I even think organizing can be creative work – to bring order out of chaos is creating something out of nothing.  Do that first!

The sad thing is for most of us, creative work takes second place to reactive work.

So, schedule your creative work first!  It’s kind of like putting on an oxygen mask.  :-)

Just for fun, I’d love to know how you are creative.  Leave a comment and let’s inspire each other!

In His love,