I’ve noticed lately how hard it is in the shuffle of life to find time for creativity.
I’m not talking creativity that comes within my work, though I get a lot of fulfillment from things like creating marketing content and graphics.
No, I’m talking about making time to pursue the kind of creativity that ignites my imagination. The type of things that give me the fuel I need to keep up with the demands of work and every-day life.
As an entrepreneur it’s so important to find a balance between family life and work life. All too often that work life bleeds into family life, and neither of those really leave room for stealing away to re-boot creatively.
That’s why it’s important to make the time.
I wish that I could give a step-by-step guide, but I can’t. Life is too fluid and each week can look so different from the one before. However, I think I can give some guidelines to help budget time. Like money, if you don’t put a name on it and give it a place to go it just disappears.
Look at the month
I tend to look at my month as a whole to give me direction. It’s pretty easy to take 30 minutes to map out slots that can be used doing something that energizes me creatively.
It doesn’t have to take up a lot of time
I wish I had time to devote hours to doing things that fill my creativity tank. Instead, I get little chunks of time. When spread out over a whole month, those slots aren’t taking too much attention away from other priorities and responsibilities.
Use that time to unplug
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sat down to do something that I know will benefit myself, only to get sucked into social media. And since social media is the bulk of my job, well, I’m sure you can guess the rest.
I don’t think I can stress enough to myself, and to you who are reading this blog, the importance of unplugging. My brain gets so bogged down with information. I know yours does, too. It takes discipline to put the phone away. It takes a force of will to make sure that I’m using that hard-earned time the right way; to fill up creatively, not get bogged down mentally.
I hope that this has been beneficial to you. I would love to hear how you find time to be creative. What does it look like for you? How do you schedule time? Feel free to leave a comment!