I have a full time job, two wonderful but crazy kids, a husband, a house to keep up with, friends to be friends with and I’m sure a million other things I’ve forgotten. (It’s been a long cold medicine and coffee filled day. I’m feeling very floaty right now!) Something I have gotten quite a bit in the last few months in differing forms is “it’s amazing how you have time to create with everything going on in your life! It is so inspiring!” I don’t want anyone to think I don’t appreciate the appreciation I am receiving from those statements. I am beyond happy and humbled to be inspiration for others. But these sentiments got me thinking: how do I stay creatively active with an already full and active life?
So I’ve pondered and what I hope to present is a list of tips/thoughts/motivations and other random stuff that helps keep me moving forward on projects.
- First and foremost I am creative and active in those pursuits because I have to be to feel fulfilled. If you want to be creative you will find time just like with any hobby. I think when we are in school we have a drive instilled in us to finish projects because of grades. As adults working on our own projects their is nothing pushing us to finish something except ourselves. This leads me to my next point.
- Reward yourself. The key to this is planning the project out and planning me the reward as well so you can use it as motivation to keep working. It doesn’t have to be big and fancy. It could be an evening of ice cream and Great British Baking Show! A new pen. A Ferrari.
- Planning. It often seems like creativity and planning/organization are at opposite ends of the spectrum. However, the only way I get to work on my projects is by looking carefully at my week and my projects and writing down when I’m going to work on it. It is also extremely satisfying to cross things off a list.
- Be kind to yourself. These habits take time to build, like anything else worth doing, so be kind to yourself if you fail. It is alright! Also be kind to yourself by breaking projects down into small achievable goals that way you can make forward progress even if it’s super small.
I hope these ideas help. It’s not a perfect plan and it may not work for everyone! Just keep trying! The arts help make life human and in these times we desperately need that!