Has it ever happened to you that you feel in a creative abyss? Me. When I tell you this, I'm referring to that stage in your life when you feel like you don't have creativity, that you can't find what to do, you don't determine or feel that passion that moves you to do things and fight for what makes you happy.
Trust me, it's normal for this to happen, and in fact, it happens to more people than you'd imagine. The only difference is that not all of us have the courage to admit it and fight it.
I have come to the conclusion (after reading a lot about minimalism and training), that many times that lack of creativity is caused by an excess in our lives.
When we have too many goods, too many money, too many jobs, too many social relationships, it means that we have more and more things to worry about. That, if we have to attend the birthday of "x" person, that we cannot forget to congratulate him, that we must go to work and work overtime, that we have to take the car to be checked, this and a thousand other things occupy our mind daily, blocking the path to creativity.
And it is like this, the more things we have on our mind, the greater our concern, our stress and, in turn, the less time available, so we will always be accelerated in our day to day.
All this means that we do not enjoy the little things in life: the tree that is blooming, the beautiful sunset that was today, enjoying that book that you like so much, sitting down to listen to the rain fall while you drink some of your favorite coffee… well. There are so many things that we are passionate about and that sometimes we do not enjoy.
So, you're probably wondering what minimalism has to do with this? Well, I think much more than you imagine. And we'll talk about that next.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is a trend, it can also be considered a lifestyle (a term that I like the most), which consists of reducing everything that is left over, that is, basing ourselves on what is essential to be happy and live in peace.
Many times we fill ourselves with excesses that do not allow us to enjoy our life and our passions. So when we leave those extra “elements” behind, we can focus on what really matters to us.
Basically it is a technique in which the simplest and minimum elements are used to create the maximum effect. Its origin is based on the arts, with works of simple lines, which only a few colors and careful placement manage to offer a great visual spectacle.
Recently, it has become an iconic lifestyle that aims to remove clutter from all facets of life.
Relationship between minimalism and creativity
Minimalism and creativity go hand in hand. It doesn't matter if you're a writer, photographer, or university researcher, a minimalist mindset can boost your creative engine. And it is that regardless of our occupation, we often need creative enthusiasm to advance our projects.
But how do we get this creative impulse? When we talk about creativity, we are often based on the concept that less is more. Something that also applies in the process of creating more spaces in your life where you can reinforce your creativity.
We are used to the cost of supplies, the cost of training, and even the cost of time itself. However, we rarely consider the cost of energy when it comes to creativity.
Have you ever been creating something, and felt like time simply didn't exist? So once you finished whatever you were creating, were you hungry? Sleepy? It's normal And it's that while you're creating, you feel good, you feel comfortable and happy, but once you finish it is when you realize the enormous amount of energy you spend on creating.
Yes, creativity has a cost, and that cost is energy.
Now, how do you recharge your batteries? Well, there are many ways. However, one of them is to explore the minimalist lifestyle and see how you feel about it.
Creating isn't the only thing that drains your energy, making decisions does too. And as I mentioned before, the more things you have, the more decisions you have to make.
With this I am not telling you that in the minimalist lifestyle we live as homeless or anything like that, not at all! We live well, with our comforts, and with what is necessary, we are happy!
When you occupy your mind with more things that are often more related to ego and status than to a true need, that's when you fill your life with unnecessary things. Given this, the decisions you will have to make will be greater and your peace of mind will be less.
That is why, when applying the minimalist style, you forget and throw away everything you don't need. That if the credit you were going to take to acquire a more modern vehicle (because you want to have a better vehicle than your neighbor's), that if the rent payment for a house with 5 rooms of which you only use 2, that if the burden of work for accepting overtime right and left (to have more money and be able to pay all your expenses)... All this exhausts, all this takes you away from creativity and your passion.
That is why I will explain some things that you should take into account to simplify your life and become more creative.
1. Owning less helps you create more
“Less is more”, is one of the main mottos of minimalism. And it really is that when you stop worrying about the newest smartphone and the latest fashion trend, you unleash your creativity, and make your mind have room for other things.
The search for short-term material pleasures will slowly give way to new “needs”, and it is simply a vicious circle. So by owning less, your creativity won't be hampered by material pursuits that have no purpose other than to satisfy your needs and contribute to your passion.
When you manage to free your mind from excessive materialism, you can generate new visions and artistic ideas.
And with this I don't want you to misunderstand me. I am not telling you that you should get rid of all your belongings and stop buying new things. The point is that you must free up space in your mind (as if it were a hard drive). A reduction of materialism often initiates this very beneficial liberating effect.
2. You feel freer and therefore more creative
One of the main reasons why minimalism will help you become more creative is that it helps you feel freer.
When your worries, product of more properties or work, social gatherings or status, are reduced, there is a space for you. This frees you, leaves behind the chains and makes you feel much freer.
But what does freedom have to do with creativity? Well, a lot. When you feel free, your creative energies simply flow faster and smoother.
3.You have more creative energy
Although minimalism is an artistic term that defines a specific style, minimalism as a lifestyle, is the countercultural practice of choosing less instead of more
Basically minimalism consists of having only what you need in your physical space. It is letting go of everything that is not essential to concentrate on what is essential.
When you free up your physical space, you begin to reap the benefits of more time and less stress, which comes from choosing a minimalist lifestyle.
However, the great advantage of freeing up this physical space is that you will not only have more space to create, but you will have greater creative energy, which arises when you eliminate visual clutter and mental clutter.
4. You free up your schedule which gives you more time to create
Another of the main reasons why minimalism and creativity are widely related, is that thanks to minimalism, you get away from those excesses that you don't need.
And this is not only given with material things, but also in the fact of organizing your time. When you stop giving importance to things that are not so relevant, you begin to prioritize and this is directly related to your time.
Perhaps you moved away from "friends" that were not friends, and with it your time spent on social gatherings that you attended by commitment is reduced, the time spent working more is also reduced. All this makes your schedule free and you have much more time to create.
And you must bear in mind that, in the creative world, time is your most precious resource. My recommendation is that you use a minimalist approach to designing your schedule.
Once you define that creativity is important and you need to spend time on it, you need to make sure creative efforts get enough slots on your calendar.
When you give your creative projects the attention they deserve, your creativity will flourish and you will slowly get into a creative groove.
For example, I always struggled to find time to dedicate myself to drawing, one of my main passions. However, the fact of not having enough time became synonymous with a lack of ideas and therefore of creativity.
What is the solution to this? Well, the one that particularly worked for me was the fact of dedicating a few hours a week to drawing. The idea is that you make it a habit, but to do so you must first start by scheduling it on a calendar, setting alarms, or establishing schedules to be able to comply with it.
I assure you that once you dedicate the time to your true passion, your creativity will come to the surface without the need for you to do anything else. That is why it is very important that you free up a little your time, your life, your home, your mind and your thoughts, from all those burdens that do not bring you anything.
Conclusions and recommendations
As a general conclusion, I can tell you that minimalism, beyond being a trend, is a lifestyle that motivates you and helps you fulfill your dreams , in addition to being the direct bridge to tranquility and happiness.
Obviously venturing into the minimalist world and adopting this lifestyle, your problems will not go away by magic, no! But if you will feel much calmer, since you will lighten a little that burden you carry.
These burdens can be so many things that are unnecessary, and that mostly cloud our view, preventing us from appreciating further. This obviously affects the creative process that we can have.
So it doesn't matter what you do, if you're a person who likes music, if you like to paint, draw, design, or anything else that has nothing to do with art, business or consulting Whatever your occupation or your hobby, you need to create. For this, your creativity is vital, so do not allow it to be stunted by excesses in your life.
Remember: everything in excess is bad. With the minimalist lifestyle you will learn to value what is truly important and essential. You will enjoy more the little you can do, no matter how simple it is, and you will free your mind, giving free rein to your imagination.
You must be clear that I do not mean that being a minimalist is that you are careless or that you sell or give away everything you have, no! It is simply to stop worrying about the most banal things in life such as materialism, and worry about those that really matter to us and fill our lives.
Minimalism is letting go of what does not interest us and what does not contribute anything, letting in everything that frees us, gives us creativity and excites us..