Why is it we put off creative things that we really want to do? Just making a start seems so hard or too much effort.

Set yourself a really small goal

One of the easiest ways to get started is to promise yourself to do something really small. For example, allocate yourself 5 or 10 minutes to do a quick sketch. The thing is, as soon as you start, you will probably find you don’t want to stop, weird that.

Once you’ve got into the flow of creating you’ve beaten the initial resistance. What you’re doing then becomes fun rather than something you “think” you want/ought to do.

Beat your initial resistance


I recently bought a Ukulele after hearing Bonnie Grotjahn talking about hers. I really want to learn how to play. But last night, I put some dinner in the oven, sat on the couch and to be honest couldn’t be arsed. I decided to have a quick go for 5 or 10 minutes. Next thing my oven buzzer is going and it’s half an hour later. By that point, I’m enjoying playing and I’m wishing my food had taken longer. By the way, just to clarify, I wasn’t playing Humpty Dumpty like the photo. I’ve moved on from there to Damian Rice – from Eggs to Rice (I should have had Chinese food).

So next time you “think” you want to draw, write or generate ideas, let yourself off easy and decide you will do it for just 5 or 10 minutes. I can almost guarantee you will decide to do more.

If you are not sure what to create, check out my 10-minute creativity (silent podcast) with a prompt or the Facebook Live below.

Posted by Ideamedic on Tuesday, 25 July 2017

PS Sorry about the sweetie shuffling, I should have pressed the mute button :).