Finding creative purpose in monotony

Occasionally you have to do things you don’t want to do.

It’s a lesson that we all learn as we grow up, embrace responsibility, and undoubtedly become a part of society at large. Sometimes those things we don’t want to do can be dangerous to our creativity. Meetings stifle momentum, paid work can restrict exploration, and going to a regular day job can often dull your creative senses.

But the monotonous things we all have to participate in don’t always have to hinder our creativity. In‒fact: more often than not we can use burdening meetings or cluttered schedules or overwhelming direction from third‒parties to help fuel our creativity.

Instead of simply sitting through your next meeting, eagerly awaiting for the seconds to pass, focus intently on what’s going on in the meeting. Find a way to take something from the meeting or discussion and directly act on it in a creative manner.

Can you create a visual representation about what you learn from the meeting and then share it with those you work with? What if you sketched a drawing of the meaning you took from the conversation? Is there any way you can reflect what’s holding you down in your work? The answer to all of these questions is a certain “yes!”

The dull things we all have to go through from time‒to‒time don’t have to just be dull if you use your creativity. Find a purpose in the monotony. Give yourself a reason to create as a reaction to what you’re forced to do.

Photo by Jon Callow.