Setting time aside for creativity or making it a priority is a struggle. I place this in the same category as getting enough exercise and eating plenty of whole foods (preferably plant based) to make me feel complete. Why is it such a struggle though? There are a limited number of things I can accomplish each day. There are accomplishment blockers I can choose to indulge in such as mindless browsing through social media which sucks me into the comparison tunnle or watching youhuflixazon. I find a direct relationship between my creative productivity and my indulgence in these accomplishment blockers.
All of this is just to say, “Hey, I struggle with this too!” Even though I have designed a workspace that is centered around creativity, I don’t make the time to step away from my computer regularly or often enough. I find that I cram most of my creative time into the edges around the workshops I lead or times I need to go somewhere else. Then the creative time is more a necessity than a relaxed time spent exploring and creating. That is the atmosphere I long for…Relaxed luxurious time. Can you relate?
I know that I am a better version of “me” when I carve out the time to make art just for me without the intention of preparing for a class, creating a new workshop, participating in a challenge or making a commission piece. When I really sit and think about it, I don’t remember the last time I did that…just create for the love of the process.
I know it doesn’t feel spontaneous to have to schedule time to be creative but I’m convinced every other part of life will crowd out that time if I let it. That is one thing I can count on!
When do you find it easiest to make time to be creative?
I realize this post was started nearly 2 months ago and was intended to be “About Me…Part 2″…this is just what came out.
In conclusion, I don’t really have a solution. This is more of a confession. I’m grateful that I have enough structure set in place that I can carve out creative time and not feel terribly guilty. It is my job after all!