Just as a cluttered workplace or home leaves the mind equally cluttered, a tidy, well-arranged space frees the mind. Creativity is less likely to occur let alone thrive when your environment is bogged down. Tell me a neat desk doesn't welcome you to sit down at it and get motivated?
Rather than setting up for failure, as calling any aspiration a "resolution" seems to doom its chance at success, I entice myself into performing tiny, achievable tasks I really want to accomplish. I'm a lister, so I take to paper & pen (or my iPad). The page becomes the vessel to hold all the fleeting ideas, dreams, & *cough* goals. Just as we set reminders to do mundane chores, why not schedule creative organizing tasks into our to-do lists?
Keep in mind, these are chunked creative projects, not big life-changing actions that typically equate to unattainables. Writing down small, doable tasks makes these thoughts concrete, so you can easily work them into brief time slots. If you're more visual, maybe design a scrapbook or even create Pinterest boards for your desired projects.
Here's my system:
1. Start with a grand list of categories/topics such as writing, crafting, organizing, reading, & cooking (one per page).
2. Next, fill the pages with ideas for mini projects. Add to these as ideas pop up, so it's always a work in progress. The more options/ideas, the better. That leaves something for every mood, time block, etc. On the cooking page, for instance, I may list recipes I'd like to make for that season or events/holidays within. On the reading page I may list articles, blogs or magazines I want to catch up on as well as novels I want to buy/read. The writing page may list poetry prompts or contests I'm interested in pursuing alongside specific tasks to plan, research, daily writing page counts, or places I want to query my novel.
3. From this, make a weekly &/or daily task list, including one or two items from each topic into your planner, mobile phone or tablet--whatever you're likely to have with you throughout the day. This mix will keep you motivated & not bored.
4. Pick a day that you usually have downtime to update your weekly list. Make it an enjoyable part of your routine.
5. At the end of a week or month, you're guaranteed a feeling of accomplishment as you review all the checked off tasks.
Tip: Instead of listing a hugely daunting task such as cleaning out a closet, limit yourself to removing, say ten items, from that closet. It's also helpful to set a time limit. So, ten minutes to clear out ten items means you could try on a few things but must not debate for long. Plus, you'll still have time & energy for other more pleasant tasks. Maybe you'll go back & pull out ten more items in a month, but progress will be made. Remember: the key is making these mini tasks doable rather than something to moan about & then ultimately avoid.