Making Room for Creativity

Photo by Krissy Venosdale

Photo by Krissy Venosdale

It should come as no surprise that my calendar has been full recently--busy is my normal mode of operation.  Most of my time is spent on coaching/coaching-related learning and community involvement/networking, so I do feel like I'm able to move slower and integrate more even though my calendar is filled.  That being said, I realized last week that I was missing a creative outlet in my life.  I've had many ideas to write about, and yet I've struggled to sit down and write more than a few sentences at a time.  My inspiration and motivation have not been enough to complete a post.  I asked myself, "What is the smallest creative step I can take?"

I bought myself a coloring book and crayons.

Rather than check emails, read blogs, or lose time on social media, I colored within the lines like a kid while sitting on the couch with the TV on in the background.  I took my time picking out what color to use and shading in the areas.  It was easier than facing a blank page and trying to find the right words to fill it.  

And now I'm blogging about it.  Creative energy increased just enough to get one post written within my crazy calendar.  Whatever it takes is what it takes.

What do you need to jumpstart for yourself right now?

Allison Pollard

I help people discover their agile instincts and develop their coaching abilities. As an agile coach with Improving in Dallas, I enjoy mentoring others to become great Scrum Masters, coaching managers to grow teams that deliver amazing results, and fostering communities that provide sustainability for agile transformations. In my experience, applying agile methods improves delivery, strengthens relationships, and builds trust between business and IT. A big believer in the power of community-based learning, I grew the DFW Scrum user group significantly over the five years I served as an organizer. I am also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a foodie, and proud glasses wearer.