How to Make Time for Creativity

Posted by on January 26, 2016

McKella Sawyer

I hear it all the time: I don’t have time to be creative.

I’m going to get out a little tough love here: You have just as much time as anyone else. We all have the exact same 24 hours, the same 1,440 minutes, and the same 86,400 seconds in a day, and not a second more than that.

You have the same amount of time as Stephen King, JK Rowling, and Steven Spiellberg.

You have the same amount of time that Mozart, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare had.

The difference is what you do with it.

Believe me, I understand that we all have demands on our time.

We have families, jobs, friends, community duties, and you know, stuff like eating and bathing that sucks up time. Oh, and we all need sleep. Time isn’t something you just find lying around; you have to MAKE time for the things that are important to you.

You make time to work. You make time for your family. You make time to brush your teeth and put on deodorant in the morning. I won’t tell you not to do those things, but creativity is like exercise, it’s something you have to make time for.

But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be a ton of time, at least not yet. You might only be able to make 5 minutes here or ten minutes there, but it’s amazing what you can create in short bursts of 5-10 minutes.

So where can you find those little pockets of time?

  • Do you really need to hit the snooze button in the morning? Could you get up 5 minutes earlier and write a few sentences of a story?
  • Instead of unwinding on Facebook in the evenings, could you get yourself a sketchbook and some colored pencils and doodle? Could you get one of those awesome adult coloring books and let your inner child go nuts for awhile?
  • While you’re waiting for something to boil on the stove, could you take a quick dance break?
  • Instead of spending an hour on dinner, could you take one night a week to do a quick crockpot dinner, or make extra dinner one night to have as leftovers? That could free up a decent chunk of time to work on a drawing!

How to Find More Time:

Take a look at your life and what you spend your time on. Spend a day bringing yourself back to the present and noticing whether whatever you’re doing is actually a priority. Sometimes, we do things just because we haven’t considered the possibility that it isn’t important.

After your day of noticing how you spend your time, ask yourself where you could sneak in a few minutes of creative time. Shoot for 5 minutes to start with, and make it easy on yourself by making sure any supplies you need are easy to get to and that you aren’t wasting time on setup.

Then commit to give it a try for one day.

Then see if you can do it another day.

And another.

Soon, it’ll become a habit. After a month of 5 minutes per day, you’ll have given yourself the gift of two and a half hours of creative time!

Remember, you make time for what’s important, and guess what’s important? You are. Your gifts are important. The things you were born to express are important.

I’d love to hear about your experience with this! Leave me a comment, or let me know on Facebook!


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