I know how frustrating it is when you want to make art, or pursue your dream but things get in the way. It might be kids, family, pressure from friends, a job that sucks the life out of you.
You want to do something you love but you just don’t have time.
I want to share some of my tips for carving out more time, these have helped me in the past and I hope they help you.
Watch my live video (below) or read on to see the tips that I’ve shared to help you gain some more time!
I remember back to when my babies were around 2 and 3. I had a job and I was busy. There were always things I wanted to do and people I wanted to see, but ‘I never had time’.
I remember reading somewhere that the more you focus on the lack, the more you will see the lack. At that moment I stopped saying I don’t have enough time and wrote on my board, I have plenty of time. I have the same 24 hours as everyone else. It’s what I choose to do with that time that’s important, which leads me to the next tip.
Get clear on what you want to say yes to. Keep track of everything you do for 3 days. Get really clear about how you want to spend your time and be realistic. Make sure you don’t fill your time ‘doing’. Take some time out.
Equally, maybe there is too much time out and not enough doing? Everyone is different and our circumstances change, so this is a great exercise.
Start small and grow. It might be 1 hour a week to begin with.
Ask, how can I find more time for my art and what I love?
If something crops up and you can’t commit to that time, borrow it from somewhere else. For example, if Friday 11-1 is my art day, but I have to go and see my dad as he is sick, I treat those hours as ‘stolen’ hours that I need to find the time for somewhere else. Such as, getting up 2 hours earlier.
When you carve out your time, start to make to the same time and day each week. If you are making art, wear something that reminds you it’s making time. Or, play some music. These triggers help you get into the zone, so you don’t waste your precious time.
Plan in advance what you want to achieve and turn off distractions, if possible. I have kids and for me I wear headphones, so I am not distracted.