Learn how you can boost your creativity and get your creative Mojo back.

Do you make time to escape the clutter and noise from your everyday life? Do you have a place where you can truly be alone in solitude? If not, your creative mojo may be suffering.

You may have been born with the talent of an artist, but “creativity” needs time and cultivation. Artists need to spend time in a place where they can freely open their minds and explore new ideas—this place is where we find solitude.

Many of us think that by being alone we are experiencing solitude. However, being alone and having solitude are uniquely different.

To be alone is to simply be by oneself (like when I do the dishes). Finding solitude requires being alone in complete isolation—separation from daily routine, emails, telephone, noise, visual distractions as well as from anyone who knows you.

“Creativity flourishes in solitude. With quiet, you can hear your thoughts, you can reach deep within yourself, you can focus.”
Leo Babauta

Leo Babauta at ZenHabits.net is all about finding simplicity in the daily chaos of our lives. His blog talks about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness, find solitude.

Great e-Books from Leo Babauta

1. Zen to Done
2. The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life
3. Zen Habits Handbook for Life
4. Three Zen Habits E-books Package

While spending time over at Zen Habits I came to terms with my struggle of “finding time to be creative”. I learned that I need to simplify my life so that I have the time for solitude. Only by making time (and a place) for solitude will I be able to focus on my creativity.

I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a hour to myself, when my email “Inbox” wasn’t full, I wasn’t being asked to “make a snack” or didn’t feel guilty about incomplete projects around the house. Even when I am alone, my mind is still working on work.

We fill up our lives with family, activities, noise and distractions; telling ourselves that “if I’m not busy, I must be lazy”. How wrong is that? There is staying busy and there is making time for yourself and your creative thoughts. As artists we have a professional need to take the time, be in solitude and regenerate our creativity.

Over the history of my professional career, I have always created my best work when my life was balanced, when I made time for myself. For the future, I plan to enforce my need for solitude and cultivate my creativity.

“It’s time to schedule solitude (if necessary).”

Here are some helpful ways to carve out some solitude from your hectic life and get your creative mojo back:

1. Go outside. Start your day early with a walk, run or fitness activity where you are alone. Not only will you get the increased energy from activity, you will be rewarded with a clear mind.

2. Create a place for you to “be alone”. Separate yourself from your living and work space. Visit a park, beach, museum or library. Build a studio or garden workshop, a thinking bench, a place that is just for you. Keep it clear of clutter and storage.

3. Travel solo. Make a point of going for a car ride or traveling to a place where no one knows you. Take this opportunity to read, draw or take photographs. Travelling solo separates you from everyday conversation and creates an environment where you can focus on your needs, future plans and creativity.

4. Rid your space of excess noise. Resist the need to turn your TV or radio when you get home or to work. Silence brings solitude.

5. Minimize your communications. Don’t check your email for a day and let your voice mail answer the phone.

6. Take a bath. Sounds too simple, right? A bath is the perfect place to find some alone time, 20 minutes to read or rest in thought uninterrupted.

7. Stop watching or reading the news. Finding distractions in other peoples problems seems to be common in today’s world. Cut down on your news intake, you’ll find that it’s pretty much the same story every day. You’ll be rewarded with tons of extra time and be in a good mood.

If you’ve found that you are not feeling very creative theses days, take inventory of your life—get your creative Mojo back by rewarding yourself with some solitude.

What do you do to find (or create) solitude in your world?

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Related Links:

“ The No.1 Habit of Highly Creative People” by Leo Babauta at ZenHabits.net

If you would like to read more from Leo Babauta pick-up one of his e-books through these links:

1. Zen to Done
2. The Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life
3. Zen Habits Handbook for Life
4. Three Zen Habits E-books Package