“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before it’s afternoon. December is here before it’s June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss
It’s easy to say that we don’t have time to do the things we want to do – and it’s easy to let yourself become too busy or too tired to take on the things you’d actually like to. Here are five tips to better help you manage your time in order to devote a few minutes or more to creativity each day:
1 – Block off creative time in your planner
This might not be the easiest plan for many, but sometimes to get something done you need to schedule it in your planner. Perhaps you can start off small by scheduling three thirty-minute slots in a week. From there you can add an additional half hour to those days. Gradually you can work up to having one creative hour a day.
My sister is a perfect example of this. She sets aside time from 8:00 PM on to write. She rarely misses a night and she has written over 30 novels.
2 – Limit TV time
It’s not a bad thing to watch TV – but it becomes a problem if you make time for three hours of TV but say you don’t have enough time to work on a creative project you’ve been meaning to start. Try limiting the amount of time you watch TV and maximizing the time you spend creating. Take control of your day by setting limits on how long you do certain activities and you might soon realize that you have more time for creativity than you thought!
3 – Put down your phone
It’s remarkable how much valuable time we waste on our phones. Checking social media, reading the news, swiping right or left on dating apps – it’s ridiculous how our phones stay glued to our hands. Try this: each time you feel tempted to pick up your phone, take a moment to instead write something creative down in a pocket journal.
4 – Wake up earlier
I had a conversation with a woman the other day and she told me that she wakes up 30 minutes earlier than she needs to and devotes those 30 minutes to writing in her journal. If you’re a morning person this could be the perfect time to spend creating.
5 – Make a list of your distractions
Make a list of everything that gets in the way of your ability to create. Once you have a your list, create a plan to eliminate these distractions. There are some things on your list you won’t be able to eliminate (ex. having young children or working long hours at a full-time job) so, instead, create a plan on how you can focus better with the specific situation you are in.
What strategies have worked well for you? Share your tips below!