Creating Space for Creativity

Celtic Knotwork Table, aka The Boa ConstrictorI’ve been doing a couple of things lately to create space for creativity. I told you a couple of weeks ago about the “boa constrictor” – the table I painted. It’s almost complete; I just need to seal coat it.

Another thing I have done to create space is re-format my laptop. There are a couple of reasons for this.

The first is a conversation I had a few months ago with a couple of friends who are more tech savvy than I am. They suggested wiping your computer and starting fresh on a regular basis, though I honestly can’t remember how often they recommended! Most of the time, I can’t be bothered, because I have so many other things I want to be doing. Reformatting and reinstalling all my programs was not necessarily one of them. Since I’m off work right now, though, this seemed as good a time as any to do that job.

The other reason is because of a challenge my mentor, Rachel, faced not long ago. She ended up with no space on her computer. None at all. Her backup drive was full, her computer was full, even her phone was full. Rather than repeat her mistake, I would prefer to learn from her, and take care of my drives before there is a problem. I know I’m going to be doing a lot of video editing in the near future, so having a clean computer to work from is going to be very important!

As I mentioned, I am not a computer tech. I enjoy figuring things out, and I am pretty good at research when I come up against something I am unsure how to resolve. I’ve done enough playing around with my computer to not be afraid of it. Thank you, Dad, for having computers in the house from when I was a very young girl!

Still, it took me A LOT longer than I expected to get the laptop back into working order. As in, days longer. I still have another program to install before I can really use it the way I would like. Thankfully, I have a desktop computer as well, so I wasn’t totally out of commission. Even so, at one point I felt completely stuck. The laptop was downloading a major update. The desktop was syncing my iPhone. All of my tech gadgets were busy. I had the urge to write, but the file I wanted to write in was on a memory stick, and the front USB ports on the desktop were both occupied. (Admittedly, I could have used one of the rear ports. I guess I was being a little lazy.)

What did I do? I played a video game with my youngest son, Marcus. It was valuable bonding time for both of us. They love it when I play games with them. And it helped me release some pent up energy, blow off steam. I felt better and more prepared to get back at my tasks after a bit of Lego Batman!

What do you do to create space for creativity? I’d love to get your comments below!