In this episode, I will talk about how you can find time to be creative. I’m also going to give you a creative prompt, something you can do easily and in a short amount of time, to get some creative play into your day.
A small caution might be in order. If you’re sensitive to language, I must warn you that the occasional swear word might slip through the cracks when I edit. That might happen if I’m talking about something I’m particularly passionate about.
4 - How to find time to be creative
What am I working on?
- I’ve finished the first two layers of colour on the forest nymph
- I’m working on my tarot deck
- I’m planning the third creative workshop
- I’m posting creative play under the hashtag 30minscreativeplayaday
- I’ve joined the 100 days of visibility challenge
- I’m doing a prelaunch of my first colouring book and I’m offering 50 % on readings to those who sign up at the library
How to find time to be creative
It’s very easy to forget to make time for yourself, especially if you have a full-time job and kids. I’ve been there and done that, plus all the housework despite chronic pain. You probably wish you had more time to yourself. Well, you’re not getting any more time. The day only has 24 hours, you can’t have 25 to use one hour for yourself.
What you have to do, is to block off time in your calendar to spend only on yourself. Otherwise, you’ll burn out faster than a match.
It isn’t selfish to set aside time for yourself, no matter what other people (or your inner critic) might say. You need to use time on self-care and hobbies if you want to stay sane. A happier Mom (or Dad) takes better care of her (or his) kids than someone who’s worn out and unsatisfied.
You’ll find that your mood improves as well as your ability to handle stress and your productivity. It also makes it a lot easier for you to get back to your true self, and to get closer to living your purpose.
You don’t have to set aside two hours each day at once; starting with five minutes is good enough. Then you increase as you get used to it. When you reach an hour, I would also suggest to portion the time out throughout the day; some in the morning, some in the evening, and some in the middle.
That way you get to do more than one thing, and the people around you don’t mind as much, but you still get the same amount of me-time.
We all need this time. Everyone, not just us creatives, but everyone needs some time alone. If we don’t get it we get more easily upset, we tend to bark at people. I know I have.
To avoid this happening, and to make yourself happier, you have to sit them down in advance. Talk to them. Explain why you need this, and plan your alone time in advance, so there are no misunderstandings.
Of course, you should tell them that “You’re allowed to interrupt me if the house is on fire, or if something’s happened”. But the level of importance that’s needed for interruptions should be clear.
Make sure to be 100% honest with those who love you, because they do want you to be happy. Getting this on the table will make your whole family a lot happier in the end. It will teach others how to treat you and it will teach your kids how they deserve to be treated, and I think that’s the most important part.
Today’s inspirational words are by Vincent van Gogh:
Today’s Creative Prompt: Pick an item you no longer use and make it beautiful. Like refashioning a shirt, you can’t stand to make it better, or repurposing it for something completely different.
That’s it for me for today. Remember to sign up for the Playful Cut & Paste Workshop tonight.
Thanks for listening to the Creative Explorer Podcast. The next episode will, among other things, be about How to find your creative strength. If you have any questions, just reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to rate and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
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