Creating a Sustainable Daily Creative Habit

Creating a sustainable daily creative habit - The Handcrafted Story

Creating a sustainable daily creative habit was a goal of mine for a few years before I started. I was inspired by other people sharing their daily creative projects online. I wanted to choose a habit I could reasonably maintain, and also give myself grace and continue with the project when I missed days, since I had previously tried taking a photo a day, but quit after only 39 days.

In 2016 I started a daily drawing habit, which I maintained even with a couple breaks when we got sick in February and moved in August. I’m proud that I continued the habit even after missing days. And I’m still drawing daily. Here’s my advice for starting a daily creative habit:

Start Today

Don’t wait for January 1 or for when you think you will have more time. If it’s important to you, make the time, and it doesn’t have to be a lot of time. “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb

Choose a Manageable Habit

Start with a habit that seems manageable to you, using supplies you already have or can easily get. I decided to try drawing and limit my supplies to pens and a sketchbook. I wanted to improve my drawing skills and the habit and supplies seemed manageable, even if we were travelling. 

Set a Time Expectation

Set a (low) time limit and time of day to complete your habit. I decided drawing for about five minutes a day would be manageable, allowing for days when I didn’t feel like it. I would rather have a low time expectation and reach that goal every day than have too high of a time expectation and not maintain my habit. I chose to draw before I went to bed at night, so I put a small (3.5×5.5) sketchbook and pens in a zip pouch on my bedside table. That time of day still works for me, but if I discovered it wasn’t working, I’d try different times of day until I figured out what works best for me. I anticipate that when our youngest is in school, I may prefer to draw in the morning, so the time of day may change.

Choose Your Sharing Goals

Give yourself the freedom to not share online every day, especially if your goal is to develop a skill. I decided to only share the drawings I liked, which gave me the freedom to experiment and make really bad drawings and not feel pressured to share them. Since I wasn’t sharing every day, it also removed the pressure of needing to post every day. I posted some of my drawings on Instagram with the hashtag #anikadrawsdaily.

Daily drawing habit from Anika Lacerte of The Handcrafted Story #anikadrawsdaily

Daily Creative Habit Inspiration

I had been inspired for a few years by daily creative projects, including:

Do you have advice for creating a sustainable daily creative habit?

By | 2017-02-27T07:00:17+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Art Journal, Creativity|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Melody February 27, 2017 at 8:21 am - Reply

    I create something everyday and it all started with the Get Messy Art Journal group. It took about a year before I truly was creating everyday. I have recently started a new habit of a little drawing each day. This is a little more difficult because I am so bad but I still practice. I have a small pouch with my small sketchbook and drawing pencils that I take with me when I leave the house. Like you I only have to draw for a few minutes. I am still not sure about this new habit and I have missed days at I time. I think the most important component is to keep at it even when you miss a day or week. It is the same as my get messy habit. One day it just clicked and there it was my daily creating habit.

    • Anika Lacerte February 27, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

      I agree, Melody, if I can keep going with a habit even after I’ve missed a day or longer, it sticks. Also, setting a low time commitment makes it easier to complete every day, especially the days when I don’t want to.

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