I would love to paint, draw, write, (fill in the blank)______, but I just don't have the time.
This is a common statement for many people who wish to explore creative pursuits.
Our days are filled with obligations of work and family which creates an obstacle for many in regard to finding time to be creative.
Being creative gives us so many gifts isn't it time we gave ourselves the gift of time to create?
Our lives are over-scheduled as it is so creating another schedule may seem overwhelming. Or you may be newly retired and have so much time on your hands you just do not know what to do with yourself.
Having my own business creates many blurred lines between work time, errands, chores and other have-to's.
I thought I would share with you some ways I have found to find time for creativity.
First of all, have your creative materials ready to use. If you are fortunate enough to have a dedicated table, room or work space set it up so you can walk in, sit down and create. If you share work space, such as the dining room table get yourself a pretty basket, crate or container with your creative supplies in it ready to go. Making it easy for you to create will help to motivate you to do it when your precious time is available.
You have your supplies ready now set an easy, achievable goal. This is different than a schedule in that a goal will help you feel motivated to make time to do your creative work.
First of all ask yourself, What do I want? For example: I want time to practice my watercolor painting.
Now create a goal following these guidelines: Make your goal specific, Give yourself a reasonable time frame to accomplish it. Make your goal measurable.
Example goal: I want to complete 10 practice watercolor paintings by the end of the month.
Now ask yourself: Can I see myself really doing this?
Now create a flexible schedule. Where can I fit this into my daily routine? 15 minutes after everyone goes to school or work in the morning. In the evening after dinner and the kids are doing homework or playing. After breakfast. On Sunday afternoon at 2.
Mark it on your calendar: Creative Time Do Not Disturb
Yes, it is a schedule but it is flexible, if you miss your time that day it's ok, life happens. Give yourself the next available time. At the end of your timetable be sure to check in. Did you accomplish those 10 practice watercolor paintings this month? Maybe you only did 7. That is great, you did 7! Isn't that 7 more than you did last month? Celebrate your accomplishment and create a new goal for the next month. Maybe this time it will be: I will complete 8 practice watercolor paintings by the end of the month.
Be flexible, be forgiving, be thankful you are giving yourself the time to be creative, that is your ultimate goal!