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How to set aside time for creativity when you have a busy schedule

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Pablo Picasso can be quoted as saying:”Everyone is born an artist, the difference is in how we grow up”. There is a creative side in each and everyone of us and by engaging with this aspect of ourselves, we can release stress that builds up due to a busy schedule.

Read on to find out how to set aside time for creativity when you have a busy schedule.

Take a look at your to do list or create one

Very often we think we are more busy or have more things to than we actually have. Many of us, me included on some days, are “busy fools” where we are being super busy, without being super effective. I find that when I get overwhelmed with work, I end up thinking “oh, I need to still read up about this”, only to interrupt myself half way with “oh, I still need to learn how to do that, let me watch a video real quick”.

I find to prevent this, it is helpful to create a to do list and estimating exactly how long each task will take. If you already have a to do list, and catch yourself being a “busy fool”, check your to do list and focus on that first. You’ll be amazed at how much quicker you get stuff done.

Get up an hour earlier or go to bed an hour later

How to set aside time for creativity when you have a busy schedule

While its sooo nice to hit that snooze button, believe me, I know, try to get up one hour earlier. Its amazing how much we can accomplish in doing so. Think about what you can knock off your to do list in this time.

Better yet, you can grab the sketch book and start drawing, since your mind is nice and sharp at this time of the day.

You’re allowed to say “no” every now and then

While its a good trait to be a helpful and supportive individual, its also important to realize that you deserve some time to yourself. Don’t feel like you automatically become a bad person, just because you put yourself first sometimes, because trust me, you deserve it. You work hard, why else would you be reading this, right?

Besides, it’s impossible to always keep everyone happy all the time.

Block out a set amount of time in the week

Now that your to do list is cleaned up and you had the courage to say no to some things, you can decide when and how many times in the week you can be creative. Be sure to stick to this schedule and make sure that this time becomes a priority to you.

Every minute counts

Remember that you don’t always need hours at a time to be creative. You can create the habit of carrying a pocket size sketch book with you and start by sketching when you’re waiting in line in the grocery store or when you’re sitting in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. I’m sure the receptionist will be absolutely thrilled when you show her the 5minute sketch you did of her as you walk into the doctor’s office.

Attend a workshop

Look online for a community art space in your area and attend a workshop with your friends or family. Very often you’ll find great classes, for beginners or advanced, where you can learn a subject matter you’re interested in. This is a great way to double up being creative while spending time with friends or family.

Get started

How to set aside time for creativity when you have a busy schedule

With a busy schedule, we often stop being creative for a long period of time. In this case it can be quite intimidating to get back to it. I find that in this case it’s very helpful to just jump in and get started. Your first couple of artworks might not be your greatest, but you’ll soon find that everything is coming back to you and that you are your old creative self in no time!

If you have any more tips which you find helpful, please feel free to share them in the comment box with your fellow creatives.

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