How’s that creative process? Do you have a schedule? Do you stick to it? If you’re shaking your head, or down right laughing at the the thought of time management, you’re not alone.
In fact, you’re right on track…to failure and creative frustration (which is normal, so don’t get too concerned.)
Let’s be real with ourselves and our creative processes. Time management is necessary to the success of creativity. In reality, you can’t have one without the other.
Creativity happens anywhere, anytime, but actually creating is more involved. You need time to make things, write things, draw things, even organize your creative space.
What I’m about to say may fly in the face of the stereotypical creative: make a plan!
There, it’s been said. I feel better.
Time Management Starts With A Plan
I will never understand the thought of organization and planning is anti-creative. Without a plan, how do you run a business? We all know what happens when you fail to plan. Making art, let alone selling it, is no different.
This is your business. Your passion. You fear failure and that in of itself is an obstacle to creative success. Every business uses a business a plan based on mission. Why not do the same for your creativity?
I want you to think about this even if you decide to never sell one drawing or word.
Think of your creativity as a lifelong journey. We forget that art is a habit that is practiced over time.
There is no sprint to success. Entrepreneurs know this. You, the creative entrepreneur need to accept this as well.
I remember back a few years I started selling on Zazzle. I made a few bucks and thought I’ve made it. Success! Now I’ve made a bunch of money for Zazzle, but I won’t be leaving my day job soon. You may ask is it worth it?
The value I gained from Zazzle is not only a little extra cash, but self-confidence in my ability to make something others want to buy. When someone gives you their hard-earned money for your art….you’ve made it.
That’s success. But it takes time.
Now I sell on a few platforms but my focus is on my own site. It takes time and time needs to be managed.
Time is a commodity more valuable than money.
So make a plan. Think about what you need to do to make your creativity thrive. The key is to write it out. Write down your plan. Make bullets:
- Think about what I need to do.
- 1 hour on Sunday doing…
- 1 hour on Monday doing…
- Post 5 times a day to Twitter.
- I will post 3 times a week to Instagram.
- Write blog post once a week.
- I will draw every day.
Those are broad bullets. You start broad, then narrow yourself down. Make bullets for the bullets. Get specific. Set the times on the days. Monday: 7am-8am work on blog post. Wednesday: 7pm post to Instagram.
Don’t Forget The Creative Part
I will be the first to admit the business end of the creative business takes far more time than I like. From writing content, social media, and site design, I don’t always dedicate enough time to the part I love: making art.
Don’t fall for it. Make the creative part of your creativity a habit. If you are one who has no intention of making a business out of your art, then create a plan to manage your creative time.
Success in any endeavor requires time. Time, like money, requires management. Your success depends not so much on your will to create, but on your will to manage your time effectively. Creative success relies on time management. This is your mantra.
Don’t waste time on things that don’t serve your purpose. I love watching a good hockey game on TV, but does it help me in my business? What about that Facebook feed? Enough said.
Start small and map out your week. Make bullets for your bullet points. Don’t hesitate to cross off the things you really don’t need. Your plan is fluid. Just like your creativity.
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