Productive Doesn't Always Mean Creative

Lately, it's been hard for me to set aside time to simply relax and enjoy time with myself or others. I tend to make sure all my activities outside of work are planned and productive. Don't get me wrong, I like being busy. Keeping up with yoga and this blog definitely keeps me on a creative path. But I'm learning that busy doesn't always mean productive and productive doesn't always mean creative. This past weekend was a lesson in taking time to relax, taking long walks, and enjoying the company of good friends. On Friday, I took a personal day from work and walked around the Albuquerque Botanical Gardens. These gardens have held a special place in my heart since I was a kid, and visiting as an adult feels like walking into a familiar embrace. I feel more inspired than I have in a long time, which goes to show that being productive all the time doesn't really bode well for creativity. After this weekend, I feel ready to create, write, and design with ease and flow, rather than pushing against my own "hard-work + no play" rhetoric.

Here are some ideas for relaxation and inspiration:

  • Throw a frisbee at the park with friends
  • Visit your local library and stay for hours
  • Write a long letter to a friend
  • Make a tropical smoothie and drink it from a straw
  • Go on a nature walk and collect interesting leaves
  • Sit in a coffee shop and doodle in a notebook

How can you relax and get inspired this week?

How Can You Relax And Get Inspired This Week?

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How Can You Relax And Get Inspired This Week?
How Can You Relax And Get Inspired This Week?
How Can You Relax And Get Inspired This Week?
How Can You Relax And Get Inspired This Week?