The Lazy Artist’s Guide To Being Prolifically Creative

Lazy Cat
image: Matt Ritter

Depending on who you speak to you, being creative can be the easiest thing in the world, or the hardest. It can feel instantly effortless or utterly impossible.

What I’ve noticed very much lately from my own experiences and from the conversations in our creative tribe at CoachCreativeSpace is that being highly creative is as easy as you want it to be.

In fact, if you tend to be a bit like me, and want an easy, quiet life, then being very creative is a great way to achieve that.

What isn’t easy or calm in any way whatsoever is being locked in an endless bloodied battle with the many internal elements of yourself over when, how and what to create.

Let’s look at a simple example about how being lazy helps us be far more creative.

Say you want to create regularly. As most of us do. But everytime you think about creating, you begin a long and very complex discussion in your head about when you can find the time to create today, whether you have the right materials to hand, should you choose a new idea to work on and if so which one, should you continue with a current project instead, and a hundred other things.

At the end of these long and tortured inner debates the outcome more often than not is that you’ve not created anything but feelings of anxiety, frustration and resentment.

Just how much effort and energy is this all taking up?! And what do you have to show at the end of it? Nothing.

What if, instead, you took a lazy approach?

You can’t be bothered with expending all that mental anguish over all those details of creative projects and sessions that in the end never materialise. That’s far too much like hard work.

So instead, you decide to take a very easy option. Every day, at 7am, you’re going to sit at your desk and create for 20 minutes. Whatever you’re into that day, whatever motivates and inspires you, you’re just going to go with that, set a timer for 20 minutes, and create, without distraction. Easy.

Then, the next day, and the day after, and many days after that, you stick by your simple, lazy plan and create freely for 20 minutes a day.

Think about ALL that energy and deliberation and angst you’re saving!

Plus, creating every day has so many benefits, it’s the absolute core of leading a creatively rewarding life. It’s almost magical.

So not only are you avoiding all that work and effort involved in debating when, how, and what to create, you’re actually building a powerful habit that enables you to be more creative than possibly ever before.

All with such little effort.

I think you’ll agree that in this instance, being lazy sounds a very appealing option.

I’m really lazy with two things in particular – yoga and writing.

Rather than agonise over when and where to try to cram a session or class of yoga in every day, I’ve simply decided to practice 30 minutes before I do anything else every morning for about the last 60 days. And I’ve written every day without fail for longer than I can remember. How lazy is that?

Don’t make extra work for yourself, there’s so much creating waiting to be done, so many incredible creative ideas and so much creative energy within you.

Why not join me and be lazily prolific too?

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4 thoughts on “The Lazy Artist’s Guide To Being Prolifically Creative”

  1. I love how you’ve turned the idea of being lazy inside out here. 🙂 With any kind of creative pursuit, your most important asset is your own personal energy. Why waste any of it on internal struggle? Brilliant.

    I’d add that if you want to be even lazier, start with even less than 20 minutes. Sometimes that resistance is pretty stubborn, but when you know you only have to do 5 minutes, even resistance can get lazy!


    1. I agree Sue about starting with less if you need to, then building up. The habit is more important than the amount of time itself, and as soon as you become confident creating just a little each day, it’s easier to squeeze to another 5 or 10 minutes.

      Thanks for reading, and your thoughts.


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