Do you want more time for your creative life? (Or anything in your life … reading, music, yoga, meditation … ) Steal the time. Get up early and pay yourself first. Instead of thinking in big lots, think in little chunks. (Don’t think of these little chunks as substitutes for big lots of time; instead think of them as meaningful additions.
Look at how the minutes add up.
Day Week Month Year Hrs Work Weeks
5 35 150 1825 30 1
10 70 300 3650 61 1.5
15 105 450 5,475 91 2
20 140 600 7,300 122 3
30 210 900 10,950 183 4.5
60 420 1800 21,900 365 9.5
Right now you’re probably making excuses. Here are the most common excuses. Sound familiar? I made them for decades.
“The time I can make isn’t at my peak performance time.”
“The first few minutes are spent preparing workspace and materials.”
“The first few minutes are spent getting into a mindset.”
“There are days when I’m away from my workspace and materials.”
Do everything you can to eliminate these barriers. You’re resourceful.
Then, stop making excuses and just do it – consistently.
Your time will add up and you’ll see real results.
If you don’t start, you’ll be left with excuses.
Go for it!
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Try setting half an hour a day for your creative life. If you did this everyday for one year, you’d give yourself 182.5 hours, roughly the equivalent of 4.6 work weeks. As you can see, it really adds up.
Many find it helps to pay yourself first in the morning. Get up early and get more time for yourself. One advantage to setting time aside in the evening is that the amount of time you spend can often be extended. Try both. Monitor your energy, Strike a balance between what’s practical and what’s ideal for you.
Set up a space that’s ready for you to be creative (even if this is a User setting on a portable computer) and keep it organized, so you’re ready to go when you get your time and you don’t waste it organizing.
Finally, when you’re able, take a trip for a long weekend or week of total immersion. Trips can add many more valuable hours to your creative life, as well as new stimulation, new material, and a fresh perspective.
The biggest challenges are starting and sticking to a plan. Start now. You’re sure to miss a day here and there, just don’t make it a habit. Instead, make a habit of taking some time for yourself.
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