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How To Be More Creative Using Slow Living Practices

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Being creative is a big part of the slow living lifestyle because it allows us to focus on how we want to fashion something. We can be more creative by being mindful of what the process needs and setting up environments to enable us to deliver the quality result we desire.

Slow living allows me to create in a more meaningful way.

Slow living allows me to create in a meaningful way because I am not rushed to finish something. Instead, I spend more time on a task that will enable me to do a better job.

More time allows me to use my creative powers to expand on the task or go off in a new direction.

Life does not always allow us the time needed to be fully creative for everything, but most of the time, it is possible, and these methods help me be more creative.

7 Ways To Be More Creative Using Slow Living

This article highlights some slow living methods I use to be more creative, which may also work for you.

1. Focus On Quality

A common theme in slow living is to focus on quality over quantity whenever possible.

Better quality is just better, and I can prove it.

Would you rather have:

a. one hamburger cooked over coals, served on a toasted kaiser bun with Wisconsin cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion, and a fried egg?

b. ten plain hamburgers that sat under a heating lamp from one of the fast food joints?

Yeah, me too.

Applying our creativity to a task or project involves the same logic; quality is better than quantity.

Next time we start a project, make sure we first have in our mind the entire scope of what needs to be done and that enough time has been allocated to properly finish.

Taking longer to do a better job is an awkward concept for many; it was for me when I started practicing slow living.

Years of listening to the nonsense out there about how to be more productive, accomplish more every day, and work harder and longer; brainwashes a person.

When I have a clear picture of what needs to be done and ample time to complete a task, I can get creative and do a better job.

2. Use Short To-Do Lists

If we ever hang out, there are two things you would notice about my life.

One is I have a decent amount of free time available each day. Second, you will never catch me with a long to-do list. The two go hand in hand.

Creativity takes time. If you have 100 things you need to get done, time will be limited, and your imagination will suffer.

Try not to list no more than a handful of primary things you will work on during each day.

I usually only have one or two daily, like writing a blog post or creating a promotion. All the smaller items go on a schedule.

3. Set A Gentle Schedule

While to-do lists itemize larger projects and tasks, schedules keep track of appointments and errands.

Personally, I hate schedules because I think they prompt us to overbook our lives more than help us organize them.

When we overbook our days, we spend too much time on the unnecessary, which means we have less time to be more creative on the projects we are working on.

Busy schedules can also cause interruptions in the creative process because we often have to stop mid-thought due to scheduling conflicts.

That is why I suggest setting a gentle schedule. Don’t try to fill your day up; slowing down is the opposite.

Think about what needs to be done today; that list is probably smaller than you think.

So here’s an exercise.

Write down your schedule of everything you think needs to be done today. Then go back and think about what will happen if you don’t do it.

For example, if you have “go to the doctor and get results,” you should probably make sure you keep that on the list.

But, if you have “stop at the grocery store on the way home” on your schedule, what would happen if you didn’t do it?

If it means you would have to have leftovers for dinner, then take it off the schedule. You can still stop and get groceries if you remember, but don’t write it down as a must-have.

Believe me, once you stop writing down all the little things that don’t matter, you will stop doing all the little things that don’t matter as often.

And guess what that does; it opens up more free time.

4. Use Paper & Pens

Apps are fine, but they don’t beat using paper and pens for my money. Give me a post-it note taped to a refrigerator door or keyboard over an app any day!

But it actually goes deeper than that for me, at least.

When I type on a keyboard, it’s okay; I can be creative and get things done. But, I break out the pen and paper when I am stuck.

I can scribble, doodle, write words around things, and get my thoughts down faster. And the process is more personal than typing, which naturally conveys more creativity.

Once I get my thoughts organized on paper, I open up the laptop and continue. So grab a nice pen and paper pad and keep it handy.

5. Stop Multi-Tasking

Being creative within the slow living mindset is about focusing on one task, taking the time to do it well, then moving on.

Focusing on something without distractions allows us full access to our wonderfully creative brain power.

For example, when I sit down to write a blog post, I have my email closed, my phone turned off, the TV off, and where I work is preferably quiet with little chance of being interrupted.

This is an environment where creativity flows, and I can get quality work done in less time than if I had distractions around me.

I am most creative when I can focus on one thing at a time, have enough time to finish without being rushed, and work in a distraction-free environment.

6. Do Nothing More Often

Spending downtime each day allows our senses to relax, our blood pressure lowers, and it has been linked to being more creative.

Quiet time allows our unconscious processes to expand and grow, which leads to us having more creative capacities.

Downtime is stimulus-free time, where we can let our bodies relax, and our minds drift. For me, adding breathing exercises elevates the results.

I allocate quiet time daily, but it can also help when the creative process is stuck; writer’s block would be a good example.

Try spending time without interruptions, working on your breathing, or even taking a short nap when this happens.

You will be surprised how doing nothing can lead to being more creative.

7. Prioritize Wellness

Slow living allowed me to be mindful of what my body and mind needed.

When I prioritize wellness, it helps keep my energy levels up and my ability to focus and concentrate high. I can be more creative.

So when we are healthy, we can be more creative. In return, being creative helps us become more healthy. Here’s how.

When we perform creative activities, our brain releases dopamine, a natural chemical our body uses to help reduce anxiety, stress, and even depression.

So make wellness a priority to be more creative, and be more creative to help increase our health. Now that’s a win-win.

That’s A Wrap

Creativity and slow living are perfect partners, and I hope these seven ideas to be more creative were helpful.

Give them a try and see how they work for you.

Thanks for reading.

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