If you’re anything like me, you’re crazy busy. Work, kids, school, mowing the lawn and fixing stuff around your home. You’re busy. But you still yearn to be creative.
The creative inside all of us is searching for the time to express that creativity. But how do you make creative time? Let me give you some tips on making each minute count and help you live your creative life.
Where To Start
I would never profess to be an expert in anything. What I’ve learned is through trial and error. I’ve done it. Failed at it. Tried again.
1. Audit Your Daily Schedule
What do you do all day? Is your schedule jammed-pack full of….stuff? Are you knocking out what you need to do first to free up time to do what you want later? Creativity isn’t a job, it’s a way of life. But you have to make the time to live that life.
So I ask you to step back and reevaluate your daily schedule. Look at what your typical day consists of and I guarantee you will find the moments to make creative time. What’s even better, when I audit my day, I find I’m spending more time on things I simply don’t need to do.
2. Aggressively Cut Things Out
So you’ve done your self-audit of your day. What did you find? Too many minutes, (cough, sigh), hours on that phone right? What if you cut your phone time by ten minutes. In ten minutes think about what you can draw or write. In my world, ten minutes of creative time, is a lot of creative time.
Now what about cutting your social media time by twenty minutes? Disclaimer: I’m not anti-social media, but honestly we spend more time on social than we need to.
Now if you cut your phone time by ten minutes and your social media time by twenty, you just gave yourself back thirty minutes. That’s thirty minutes more each day. That’s another two-and-half hours each week. Oh the creative time!
3. Yes, Say No
You’ve heard it before and I will say it again, learn to say no. I struggled with this one for a long time. Depending on whose asking, I still find it super hard to say no.
However, you will find tremendous personal freedom when saying no to the people and things that really don’t add value. You’re not being mean, or arrogant or selfish. You simply know what’s best for you and your pursuit of a truly creative life. You don’t want to waste the time of others just as much as you don’t want to waste your time.
Learn to say no.
Making creative time is just as important as creating. Finding the time to express your creativity is essential to a healthy, happy, creative lifestyle.
It’s also doable. You have to audit your daily schedule, aggressively cutout what doesn’t add value and say no to things you can’t commit to. These three things have worked for me (it’s how I’m able to publish these posts), it can work for you. Most of all, making creative time allows you to practice your craft. So go. Do.
If you need some more inspiration, check out some original work here.
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