As a busy working woman, it can be hard to find the time for hobbies. Especially if you’ve got children, a partner or other commitments as well as a full-time job. But, having hobbies can actually boost your creativity, and believe it or not, a creative mind can help you in any field or industry.
Being more creative means that you are more likely to look at alternative solutions to problems, to think outside of the box and come up with new, innovative ideas. So, even if you don’t think that your career is in a remotely creative industry, or you run your own business, boosting your creativity can give you a considerable advantage at work. It could also help in your home life. Being more creative means that you’ll think of fun things to do with your family, that you’ll never be bored and that your mind will always be alert and on the go. But, it can be hard knowing where to start when it comes to choosing a new hobby as there is so much out there for you to try. Here’s a look at some that could boost your creativity enough to give your work and home life a great big kick in the right direction.
Unless you’ve fished with a parent as a child, chances are it’s something that you’ve never considered. Some of us may have had a go with the kids on holiday, but that’s probably about it. However, fishing can be exceptionally good for you. The equipment, bait packaging and clothing can be a little intimidating when you are unsure, but once you get sorted, fishing is relaxing, fantastic exercise and a great way to spend time organizing your thoughts. Just being out there alone with nature, focusing only on the task at hand can be enough to give your brain a rest and a chance to be more creative.
The true creativity in photography comes from finding the beauty in things. You can make any scene a wonderful photograph if you are able to pick out the beauty and highlight it using both composition and the features of your camera. If you can do this with art and your everyday surroundings, you can do it with anything. Take this skills into your daily life for an enormous creativity boost.
Gardening helps your creativity by teaching you that beauty doesn’t come easily. It takes hard work, problem-solving, creative thinking, an eye for detail and time. No one walks into an unkempt garden and turns it into a thing of beauty in minutes. They put their heart and soul into it, often working for months before the results start to show. Take the lessons learned from your garden into your career, and you’ll do well.
Even if you are short on time, you should make some to read. Invest in a Kindle and read on your lunch break or your commute to work. Reading is a great way to boost your creativity as it gives you access to someone else’s life and thoughts. Nothing else does this in quite the same way. For the best results, read a wide range of materials and fully immerse yourself in the text, forgetting your own life and problems as you sink into the literature.