Okay, so if you know me, you know I am a huge advocate for creativity. I am constantly reading books & articles on the subject and trying to infuse creativity into my own daily life. It’s not easy sometimes. Of course I would love sit in my studio every day, with hours of uninterrupted creative time, but my family sometimes has other ideas for me…like they want to be fed, and driven places, and spoken to once in a while.
So what’s a busy person with real world responsibilities to do?
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Well, first of all, it’s important to know that I do consider my creative time one of my responsibilities. It’s a responsibility to myself. Therefore, I make a point of finding time for it. Creative time is a standard line item on my daily to do list.
Second, you need to realize that while creative time sometimes means scrapbooking for an hour or two, it can also mean doodling for 15 minutes before I pick the kids up from school, or playing with some photo editing tricks while waiting on hold to talk to the washing machine repair guy, or taking a few minutes to drink my tea at Starbucks while brainstorming some ideas in my notebook, before heading off on my morning errands. For me, the most realistic and sustainable approach is balancing lots of small creative sessions with a few larger ones.
Third, the more you make creative time part of your daily routine, the easier it is to fit it into small parcels of time. If you only do yoga once a month, it will take you longer to warm up and stretch those muscles. Your workout may be unsatisfying and leave you feeling out of shape rather than energized. But if you do yoga regularly, your muscles will stay limber and you will be better prepared for trying a longer workout or new poses. Think of creativity the same way. It is a muscle that needs to be kept in shape.
For me, back to school time is the perfect time to establish new routines and reassess how I’m making room for creativity. How ‘bout you? Are you making creativity a priority in your life? Do you want to?
To help you out, I am giving away a spot in the October L.O.A.D Challenge…because maybe your creativity needs an exercise buddy. The Layout A Day group is awesome for keeping you accountable and praising your efforts. Of course, scrapbooking isn’t the only way to be creative, but this challenge is a good start to prioritizing that time. And who knows, by the end of October, the habit just may have stuck!(stacks of layouts I completed in two previous LOAD challenges)
If you would like to win a free pass to the October LOAD challenge, leave me a comment here. I'll pick a winner Tuesday morning. If you’ve already signed up, we’ll refund your fee...and if you haven’t, we’ll hook you up.