Those of you out there that are holding down several jobs whilst still trying to make time to create your artwork will all understand the struggles of what to prioritise when. If you are anything like me you’ll find yourself constantly saying, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day!”
Over the last two years of having the workshop I had really battled with my time management, how to make the business tick over, make sure everything was organised for my workshops, promote them and also do the not so exciting admin/finance bits too….so when did I have time to make my art? The answer had been for me “when I have more time”. This really meant, never. I realised that although I have a business that I truly LOVE and I consider myself very fortunate to be in this position, it was also making me quite sad that I wasn’t making my artwork alongside my business. They are somewhat intertwined but leading creative workshops and focusing on your artwork are two different things. I would speak to friends about it and they would all say something like “oh, but at least your business is creative, so really you are making artwork.” I let this appease me for a while, but the feeling of neglecting drawing and painting kept coming back to me. At Christmas I decided it was time for a change!
This year, my New Year’s resolution was to stop pretending that there weren’t enough hours in the day, that I didn’t have enough time or I was already being creative in other ways and just make time for my art.
Since returning to work in January I made a promise to myself that I would have at least one hour a day of art time. I am being STRICT about this. Even if I have other things I know need doing, I stop and pick up my art tools! Wow, what a difference it has made so far. I feel so good about making space to create. My focus and attitude has changed so that I no longer feel guilty about not solely focusing on the business and allowing myself that one hour a day to paint, draw or just simply research new ideas. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t found this easy. If you know me you will be aware that I am a doer, I don’t like to let tasks build up or push things aside. I like to make sure all my classes are in top shape and I have planned them carefully and thoughtfully, often not realising quite how much time has passed in doing so. Taking this hour back for me has been a bit of a battle but it’s working.
Do you have these struggles? Surely I am not alone in this circle of work/art/work/dog/admin/’life’ (no so much life going on right now). If you are thinking, yes, this is my life right here, then please look at your day, what can you let go of for just one hour? There will be something. Maybe your coffee break is only 30 minutes and not 1 hour and your Instagram scrolling could be put on the back burner for 30min? There you have it, 1 hour spare. Maybe you delete your Facebook app or turn your phone to Do Not Disturb so you don’t let yourself get distracted easily by social media. All these little things will give you a lot of time back, now you can use it wisely and make your artwork, or write or compose or whatever your creative outlet is, you can do it!
Next week’s blog will be about scheduling your time, so this will fit in nicely with how to make more space for YOU!