Many employers believe that creativity is valuable characteristic in their employees. So, even if you’re not the “creative” type, finding some time every day to draw, paint, listen to or write music can help you succeed in your personal and professional life.
Most people my age are either in college, working, or perhaps starting their own family. I’m personally working full time while my husband goes to school (Contrary to popular belief, we “Millenials” aren’t lazy good-for-nothings. Our stupid antics and the few idiots of our generation are just much more visible than generations past.) and we’re both working extremely hard to make sure everything in our home gets done, we spend time with family, some friends, fulfill our church duties, and continue our spiritual growth.
However, we’re both extremely creative people. I’ve loved to draw, paint, sing, and write since I was a child (I’ve also played the violin-but that, like many things has fallen by the wayside because of university), and my husband is a composer and writer. We both love competitive ballroom dancing and I’ve added yoga to my creative loves.
Some people might say “you should do things that speak to your creative soul for your career and then you wouldn’t die inside every day” or some shiz like that. And I’m one of those people. I’m all about creating a living out of your creativity, but sometimes you need a day job before you get there. While you’re waiting for your “big break”, or if you like your day job and just want to create in your spare time, then read on.
The best ways to make time for your creative endeavors are as follows:
Narrow it down.
I don’t know about you, but I love to do so many things that it’s hard to choose. But because time is so limited, I have to choose in order to get better at one thing. I may still dabble in other hobbies here and there, but I have a top selection that I dedicate myself to. Besides, having several projects running at once can end up being much more stressful than they’re worth. If I had an unfinished painting here, a knitting project there, dance shoes thrown into the corner, and my laptop open to page 5 of my book, things would feel much more cluttered. Take a few at a time; there’s no rush, just have fun.
Schedule it in EVERY DAY.
Yep. Every day. If you really want to do it, you’ll find the time. Maybe you’ll wake up a little earlier (that’s what I’ve done and I’ve finally made some headway on my novel), stay up later, or cut out media (I’ve done a lot of that and it’s also worked wonders). Maybe even let your family know that from this time to this time you’re not available. Make sure you’re strict with yourself. If you want it, you’ve got to work for it.
Include your family/friends.
With work, school, kids, spouse, and friends all vying for your attention, life can get stressful very quickly. Instead of pushing people out of your creative space, invite them in. Take your kids out for a photoshoot, write stories with your spouse, whatever. People have always been more important than things, and you want to make sure you’re giving your loved ones the attention they need while also reaching your goals.
However, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not trying to make creative time “one more thing” you have to do in your day. These are simply tips to help motivate you to prioritize creativity. Being creative and letting yourself play, explore, and imagine can help you de-stress and even give you inspiration for your day to day life.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer (or for my Australian friends, winter). Stay cool (warm), and have a wonderful rest of the week.
Thank you for sharing your energy with me today.