How 9-5ers Can Get Off the Hamster Wheel and Supercharge Their Creativity

A creative life is a happy life.

Creativity is freeing. It sparks childlike wonder and unlocks new ways of thinking. Unfortunately, many grown-ups get caught up in the daily work grind and sideline their creativity. Gotta put food on the table, right?

Here’s some tips to bring creativity back into your everyday life.

Get Off the Hamster Wheel:

Throw a wrench in your daily routine

When I worked at an investment bank, I’d wake up 6:30am, eat breakfast, go to work, get home around 7pm, eat dinner, watch Netflix, go to sleep, then get up and do it all over again. Sounds fun right? It wasn’t. I was suffocating my creativity.

I was on the hamster wheel.

In order to get off, I spiced up my evenings. Instead of watching Netflix, I took a yoga class or cooked an elaborate meal or went to a concert – anything different than my normal routine.

Getting off the hamster wheel sparked my creative engine.

Before I knew it, I was making videos, writing blog articles, taking photographs, and living an all-around more creative life.

Breaking up the monotony of life is a prerequisite to thinking creatively.

Do Something Fun and Record It: 

Documenting a fun event and then later piecing it together into a story is an easy way to be creative whilst having fun.

After I got off the hammer wheel, I purchased a GoPro and started documenting my adventures. I made videos about my experiences:

  • Visiting friends in Philadelphia,
  • Touring the cherry blossoms in DC, and even
  • Going on a walk with my parents.

When editing my footage, I found myself piecing together stories. I wasn’t doing this for social clout. I was having fun and being CREATIVE.

Creative Fulfillment Won’t Magically Appear – You’ve Gotta Take Action and Seize it!

If you get off the hamster wheel, break your routines, and document your adventures, you’ll be well on your way to a more creative and fulfilling life!

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