For me, that included cutting out TV watching, movie watching, searching for less new Japanese music online and just being content with the Spotify stream, less online clothes shopping, and less browsing of fashion / interior design magazines.
All those changes were fine and made me into some sort of efficient, time-saving art robot.
But after awhile, I missed being human!
That's when I realized that one's "mood" is very important, and very conducive to good creativity! Not to mention that you'll feel happy and fulfilled to set aside a little bit of time for those "other fun" things that you enjoy, even if they seemingly have nothing to do with your concrete goals, such as finishing a painting by the end of the week.
So this is what I do now.
When an episode of my favorite Japanese variety show "Smapxsmap" is made available online, I watch it during lunchtime. I never laugh so hard as I do when watching Smap and their hilarious antics. It makes me have a great mood, and gets my brain thinking in Japanese. When I think in Japanese, Japanese inspiration soaks into my head more easily. I'm not sure why, but it does.
I periodically browse Netflix for new artistic-looking foreign films. The beautiful visuals recharge my brain and creativity like nothing else! I especially like slow, visually luscious films with deep meaning. My recent favorite is "Hara-Kiri: The Death of a Samurai." (And not just because I loooooooove Ichikawa Ebizo!) (✿ ♥‿♥)
I look online for Japanese radio streams, and browse YouTube for my favorite artists and save good songs to a playlist. I have so many favorite artists that there's no end to new releases from them. I made this drawing late at night whilst listening to Moriyama Naotaro's beautiful song 「愛のデーゼ」.
I renewed my subscription to Elle Decor, since there's something special about having a magazine in your hands... and curling into a comfy chair with a cup of coffee, and reading the evening away. That's a special feeling that fast browsing of online blogs can't give you.
|I could spend lots of time checking out the visual feast of this room!|
|Great look... exciting combination of texture & color!|
Beauty and happiness are everywhere, and it's good to soak it up into your mind to nurture a healthy mood without being too rigid about a "schedule."
Let me know what things you do to keep a creative feeling going!