The definition of the word foster is as follows: to encourage or promote the development of something, typically something regarded as good. I think we can all agree that creativity is a positive attribute; one that’s in consistent, high demand throughout many fields. Yet, even the most creative among us can struggle to manage our abilities and foster new avenues of growth in respect to our own creativity.
On an average day:
I practice the guitar.
I compose and record music.
Each of these tasks requires a different type of creativity from me and often at varying times due to my shifting schedule. Some days, one, maybe two of these things will come to me as easy as I think it should, with the others becoming more and more daunting as the day progresses. It can feel as if my well of creativity has run dry, allowing negative thoughts about myself to establish a foothold in my mind.
How do we recharge our creative battery? I believe we should start with a small task that can be completed in a timely manner. Then move to the next. And repeat. It’s only when we look at the entirety of our day and what needs to be completed, that the panic sets in!