Updated: Mar 24
It has been well documented and tested that the way we start our day can completely determine how our day will go. We wanted to explore the reasons for this, especially around creativity. We looked into why creativity can have such a profound impact on our mental state, work performance, and productivity when it's paired with our morning beverage.
Humans are naturally creative beings, and throughout history, it has been our creativity that has driven us forward and allowed us to discover the keys to every next stage of development. We can look at the impact of creativity across decades and centuries, as well as during the course of a month, week, or day.
Starting your day with creativity can have a profound impact on your overall productivity, mental clarity, and well-being. Engaging in creative activities at the start of your day can help you activate your brain, make you more adaptable to the challenges ahead, and tap into your natural inclination for creativity.
Here are a few reasons why starting your day with creativity is so important:
When we engage in creative activities, we activate different parts of our brain that may not be used during routine tasks. This can help improve cognitive function, memory, and concentration. Creative activities such as writing, drawing, or playing music can help stimulate our brain and set the tone for the day ahead. A long time doesn't have to be spent on a creative task to reap incredible benefits. Five minutes is enough to activate the creative neurons within the brain. Simple exercises like drawing or mind mapping can be an easy way to kick off this process. If you want to have a bit of fun, try writing with your non-dominant hand. Don't forget that the brain needs exercise too, away from routine.
You know that saying 'If you stay ready, you ain't gotta get ready'? Well, that applies here. You never know when you will be in a position that requires you to think on your feet and switch things up. Often times we muddle through and work it out, but with large amounts of detrimental stress and worry. This is why having a creative mindset can help prepare us for moments when we need to adapt. This applies to work and everyday life.
Engaging in creative activities can help you become more adaptable to the day ahead. When you are creative, you are constantly problem-solving and finding new solutions to old problems. This can help you approach your work with a fresh perspective and be more open to new ideas and approaches.
Importance of creativity in all work
Creativity is not limited to the arts; it is a vital component of all types of work. Whether you are in business, engineering, or science, creativity is essential for innovation and problem-solving. Starting your day with creative activities can help you tap into this innate human ability and apply it to your work to improve your performance. At Acre Green, most mornings begin with creative exercises to get the mind firing on all cylinders. This then helps with sharpness when it comes to all aspects of the work we do - speaking with clients, composing demos, writing blog posts, website development, research, and everything else. Creativity can often be the fuel the day needs.
Humans are built to be creative
Humans have been creating for tens of thousands of years. Of course, art and music are obvious creations, but our wonderful superpower of creativity also created the lightbulb, the wheel, flying machines, scanners, soda streams, Deliveroo, and drones. The list is endless. Our brains are wired to be creative and to constantly seek out new challenges and opportunities. By engaging in creative activities at the start of your day, you are tapping into this natural inclination and setting yourself up for success. It's worth remembering.
It's important to remember that creativity is not a luxury or a frivolous activity, but a fundamental part of being human and achieving our goals.
So, what are some ways to start your day with creativity? Here are a few ideas:
Write in a journal or start a morning pages practice. This can help you tap into your thoughts and feelings and start the day with clarity. It doesn't have to be much to start with. Just writing down 5 bullet points of what you want to achieve in your day is enough.
Draw or paint for a few minutes. This can help you activate different parts of your brain and set the tone for a creative day. If neither of these takes your fancy, try a mind map. In the centre of a page, write down a word or feeling and expand on that. You'll be amazed at what comes to you.
Play music or sing a song. A personal favourite of ours. Music can help you tap into your creativity and bring a sense of joy and energy to your day. Highly recommended.
Engage in a creative hobby such as knitting, woodworking, or gardening. This can help you start the day with a sense of purpose and accomplishment. You can create your own incense holder or check on all your houseplants. Perhaps you have a hole in one of your favourite pieces of clothing? Why not work out how to sew it up yourself. It all counts.
In conclusion, starting your day with creativity is a powerful way to activate your brain, become more adaptable, tap into your natural inclination for creativity, and set yourself up for success in all areas of your life. So, take a few minutes each morning to engage in a creative activity and see how it can transform your day and hopefully your life!