Making Time for Creativity

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I love today’s topic because I love anything that has to do with time. I feel like I’ve gotten to the place where time is a non issue for me. I don’t like to say ‘I’m busy.’ Partly because it isn’t true, and partly because I don’t agree with being ‘busy’.

Time is really just a mental construct. We know this because we can have the same amount of time, let’s say 5minutes, and sometimes that 5minutes can go by very fast. Other times, it seems to drag on.

This is because of what you’re thinking about during that 5minutes.

At first I thought it would be cool to figure out how to make the creativity time feel longer, but then I realized that probably wouldn’t feel fun. So, if you feel like your creative time goes by in the blink of an eye, you must be doing the right thing.

So then the question becomes, how to make time for creativity. Because if you had time to spend being creative on a consistent basis, you would be able to make more progress on your projects.

step one| what’s going on

Anytime you want to make time, you have to first take a look at what you are currently spending your time on.

The best way to do this is to take a look back over the past week. Grab a piece of paper, and write down everything you spent your time on. It’s really important to be as specific as possible here.

You want to remember things like, ‘on Monday I wanted to do yoga at 7 but I was hungry so I ate early and then I was scrolling on my phone and before I knew it, it was 8:00 and the baby was crying and I had to take care of her, so I didn’t get to do my yoga.’

Now, when you do this, do not start judging yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for not spending your time the way you wanted to. Just notice what happened. Be open and look for patterns.

step two| assess

Here’s the thing. We all have 24 hours in a day. Now that you see how you spent your time, you want to ask yourself if that is how you want to continue spending your time. 

A really fun way to look at time is to think about it the same as money. If I was going to give you $24,000 and you had to spend it within 24 hours because then it would be gone, what would you spend it on?

That’s how our time is. It’s given to us everyday. We get to spend it however we want. Whether we spend it the way we want to or not, after it’s gone, it’s gone. There is no getting it back.

So decide how you want to spend your time. Today we want to spend our time being creative. Let’s work that out.

step three| manage

I love using a schedule for myself. I basically have routines I follow everyday. Sometimes the tasks change within the block of time, but I always know what I will be doing by what time it is.

For instance, from 5-7am I always do my morning routine. From 7-9am I always do the home tasks. From 11-2pm I work on my business.

That is a basic schedule. When you look at how you spend your time, what can you do to create a schedule for yourself? When will it work for you to spend time being creative?

It’s good to keep it consistent. Every day from 12-2pm, you get to spend your time being creative. When it’s everyday, your brain will pay attention. You will create the habit of spending those two hours being creative.

step four| fulfill

After you have your set time, you want to schedule something in that time. It’s one thing to say, I’m going to work on my business, and another to say I’m going to write a blog post. 

The way I like to fulfill my time is to create a result for that time block. So ask yourself, when my creative time is done, what do I want to have accomplished?

Maybe you are working on a big project and you can’t do it in one day. Then you take the bigger project and you decide how long it will take you to finish it. 

If you want it complete in one month, you will know that in two weeks you should be halfway there. If you’re going to be halfway there in two weeks, what do you need to complete this week? 

Put those results on your calendar. Then, when your creative time rolls around, you know exactly what you need to create.

You got this

It’s so much fun to spend time being creative. Especially when you have it scheduled. So much of the time when we are working on our creative project we’re telling ourselves that we should be doing something else.

But if you have a schedule, and what you’re supposed to be doing is working on your creative project, it’s so much more enjoyable.

Please take the time to work this in your schedule. It is a lot of work in the beginning, but it is so worth doing because it will save you time in the long run.

If you want help creating a schedule so you can make time for creativity, book a mini session so I can help you. It will be so much fun and you will know exactly when you can spend your time being creative.