Like we talked about yesterday, even if it feels like you have zero extra time, if you look for it, anyone can find little opportunities to create. Maybe not every day, but some days!
One small but new-to-you recipe completed is better than nothing. Writing for five minutes is better than writing for zero minutes. A handful of photos taken off of your back patio are better than an empty memory card.
Here are some specific life hacks for making time for creative action.
- Quality time and creative time can be one in the same. Creative action looks different in busy seasons, because we must be faithful to our priorities. Exploring ways to naturally mix creativity into daily life can help with this. I think that one great way to do this is make creative activities part of quality time with your family or friends. A few weeks ago, Garret and I made a photo block together and it was a great combination of his wood-working skills and my photography work. The quality time together was great, and it made me happy to have one of my photos made into an art piece! I’ve also seen friends with kids do this mixing of life and creativity in lots of wonderful ways. Even small things that might seem silly can help us keep our creative and problem-solving muscles in shape!
- The timer trick. Do you feel like you never have time to write or draw or take pictures? Most folks can find a 10 or 15 minute chunk of time per day to create.Find a comfortable place, set the kitchen timer, and go.
- Create for a social, ministry, or outreach activity. This is similar to the first point, in that it follows the theme of integration, but this might feel a little riskier. It takes a different sort of bravery to volunteer your creative skills. Examples: plan a scrapbooking party with friends and friends-of-friends; instead of all going out to eat again, organize a pillow-case dress making party with girl friends to benefit a local non-profit; help plan a Compassion letter writing party (I’ve done that – it was a blast!).
- Always have a notebook. I know this is not at all a new concept, but it’s a big one for me! I hate it when I forget an idea because I didn’t write it down! So, keep a small notebook with you so that when random ideas or stories jump into your mind, you can capture them instead of half-heartedly filing them in your brain.
- Free write. This is for when you find a pocket of time, but you don’t feel inspired to write about anything in particular. So write about whatever comes to mind. Introspection, poetry, wishes, stream of consciousness—whatever. JUST GO. Write for sake of writing, for the sake of practicing. Practice matters. Discipline is valuable.
What do you think? What tricks do you use to carve out time for art?