Do you get distracted while you create? Does the dog bark and suddenly you’ve lost your train of thought? Do you get cozy in bed to write, then realize you just want to take a nap?
Studies show that carving out a special place for creativity will inspire, motivate, and help you focus on tasks. So let’s talk about crafting your creative environment.
The first thing you need to do is carve out a special place for you to do your writing. If you have a small living space, draw an imaginary line between spaces. For instance, if you have a 1 bedroom apartment, create a corner in your living room for writing. I have two workspaces in my home that also work as a living room & exercise space, but there is an imaginary line between the two spaces.
Now let’s get into what the space should look like. It is through the 5 senses we gain feedback for our art. It makes perfect sense, then, to engage all of those senses in a creative environment.
- Post up affirmations or posters that remind you of your awesomeness. Put up a painting or piece of art that you are obsessed with. Everything you see needs to inspire and motivate you to keep going.
- Set a mood with lighting. Make sure the lighting isn’t too bright but you can see your gear & space easily. Lamps & string lights are the perfect way to set the mood. (I thrive in the moodier look of mine up there, but don’t be afraid to play with less or more light to find your fit!)
- Limit the outside distractions. Some suggestions to help: headphones, noise machine, insulation, or close the door. If you live with others — tell them you need their cooperation in limiting distractions.
- Don’t hurt your ears. If you are playing an instrument make sure the volume is at a level to not cause injury to yourself or disrupt others. Find a good balance in the volume to keep you focused and in the moment.
- Make sure the temperature is Goldilocks good. We don’t want the temperature to bother us when we are in the zone. I personally hate being cold so I always make sure the temp is slightly higher or I’ll have a hoodie on hand.
- You want your clothes to be comfortable. Comfort is king in these situations and the last thing we want to do is be bothered by tight clothing. Kick off your shoes, get comfy, and get grounded.
- Grab some water. Staying hydrated is a must to keep you going. Have something on hand so you don’t have to stop in the moment. Grab another tasty beverage like a Kombucha tea, coffee, or beer if you would like.
- Don’t eat right before sitting down to write. Our bodies are all-hands-on-deck during digestion so our brains & hands may not get our full attention. Try to give yourself an hour after eating before creating.
- Lift the space with scent. I’m a huge fan of essential oils in a creative environment. Some of my favorite essential oils for creativity are lavender, cinnamon, peppermint, bergamot, or sage.
- Light an incense stick. Nowadays they are too smokey for my sensitive sinuses, however, I still enjoy lighting one from time to time.
- Avoid harsh chemicals. Avoid fresheners with chemicals you can’t pronounce. What’s better for the environment is ultimately better for you.
Creating a welcoming space that engages your senses & focus is sure to support you in your songwriting.
I would love to see your space after you have created it! Send me a pic (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post it below.