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Pip’s School For Slumpy Creatives: Lesson Eight

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A creativity prescription

Welcome back to my reform school for lacklustre sparkly people!

We’ve talked quite a lot about discovering all the different, important elements of YOU during our lessons.

We’ve talked about what’s important to you, what you care about, what you skills are, what your goals might be, feelings as goals, confidence and bravery, criticism, creative memories and more. Phew. That’s a lot of stuff, isn’t it?

What I thought we should do right now is see which parts are sticking and which aren’t. What seems VERY important and what doesn’t make as much sense for you right now… (Maybe it will further down the road?!) What’s working for you practically, what’s been a revelation or must-do and what you want to try to do on a daily/weekly/monthly basis.

Write yourself a Creativity Prescription:

A daily prescription of things to do to increase creativity and wellbeing
A weekly prescription of things you should try to get to once a week to boost your creative super powers and
A monthly prescription of things that are less important, but still good to have on the back burner
An annual prescription of irregular but MUCH wanted or hoped for events/things

Don’t get too crazy and slot it all into daily. If you have lots of creative habits or encouragers that you want to add, spread them out to make things manageable.

The things you add to your prescriptions might be unique to you, and they might not. For instance they could be ‘weekly library visit’ or ‘daily yoga’ or ‘a poem a day’ or ‘monthly visit to gallery’ or ‘daily drawing’ or ‘weekly lunch with fave person’ or ‘daily journal writing’ or ‘annual solo retreat’.

Or maybe ‘wear lucky, creative -making socks every Thursday’ or ‘take trip to Aunty Flo’s to look at old photos once a month’.

Add habits to your prescription that are working for you right now. Add habits that have worked before and might be a bit forgotten. If there are things you haven’t tried yet but REALLY want to – add those to your prescription to (just write ‘as needed’ next to those, Doctor!)

Make sure you write your prescriptions somewhere safe, like in a journal. Slot your happy doses into your calendar, too. Just like a regular prescription they may need adjusting and updating, so revisit them regularly.

See if your prescriptions work for you. Try your best to follow along and if you need to make changes that make sense to you (and make things better for you!) do that.

What kinds of things will you prescribe yourself?

Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: Be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at – just please yourself.
Ralph Steiner (photographer/filmmaker)


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  • Amy
    November 12, 2016 at 1:48 AM

    I’ve been using the “Balance” app for the last few months for exactly this! I entered in the things I need to do for self-care (evening walks, seeing a friend, drinking water, creating something…) and it lets you set frequency – as much as 6 times a day to once a year. It only reminds you once a day and only if you haven’t been swiping things as complete (or not at all if you don’t want it to). I’m a stay at home mom to three kids 5 and under, and I’ve found that being very intentional about doing the most basic of self-care habits keeps me more patient and relaxed. PS I’m not affiliated with the app, it just seemed like a great fit for this exercise!

  • Kate
    November 9, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    this is a great idea, something that I think will require me to really think and look at myself, Get out of auto pilot mode, stop just going through the motions each day.
    Being the curious person that I am, I was wondering if you would care to share your prescriptions with us Pip?
    It was an eye opener to me to see some of the suggestions you shared as I didn’t even consider them in any way creative or creativity building. I love it when someone makes me think or offers me a new perspective.
    cheers Kate

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