Full-time jobs can be a drag for the creative type. You need to eat and have a steady income, but at the heart of it, you wish you had more time to be creative. Well, there are ways that you can do both. Here are some ideas on how to get more creativity into your workweek, without setting aside a lot of time.
Start a Journal
If you think of pouring out your innermost feelings when you think of journals, then you're missing out. Journaling is also an easy way to collect your creative thoughts in one place, with minimal effort. If you are a busy professional, you can carry your journal with you and write down those stray creative thoughts that you don't have time to elaborate on during your workday. A creative journal can contain clippings, prose, drawings, and anything else you can think of.
Even if you are not a seasoned writer, writing groups can offer you a look at what other creative types are doing in your area. You may make some friends and also delve into writing something of your own. At any rate, joining a writing group will get you thinking creatively every week. Check your area to see if there are any after-work writing groups; you may also find their schedules at local bars or coffee shops.
Learn to Dance
Dance is a great way to release your creative energy, but it is also a great way to get some exercise and nourish your whole body. Jazz dance classes can be ideal for beginners of all ages, while twenty-somethings may be more interested in a hip-hop or modern dance class. The best part is that many studios will let you try a class for free, and others have an introductory class rate that gives you a significant discount on your first round at the studio. These classes are sometimes offered in that sweet spot when work gets out but it's not time for dinner yet, making them easy to fit into your busy schedule. Check out a dance studio like Debbie's Dance Studio, to learn more.
If you are busy as a bee, there's no reason you still can't nourish your creative side. Each of these ideas will have you thinking and acting creatively on a regular basis. With this as a starting point, you may become motivated to clear your schedule and make time for an even bigger project. If not, you still can have a bit of daily satisfaction in your creative life.