I just wanted to talk for a minute about making time for creativity.
It’s a goal that many of us have - but it’s often easier said than done. Especially when you have responsibilities like parenting, working, homeschooling, household management, etc.
But it’s a goal that is well worth pursuing. Creativity can be a great way to…
- Express yourself
- Learn or practice new skills
- Find your “happy place"
- Reduce stress and anxiety
The problem that many of us have with making time for creativity is that we simply don’t have a ton of free time.
So what can you do to make sure you’re carving out time each week for creativity? Here are 4 simple tips to help you get started:
Make it a priority
The first thing is to tell yourself that creative time is a priority for you. Just as you prioritize things like taking care of your family and taking care of your home, you should make taking care of yourself a priority. And having time to dabble in a creative pursuit you enjoy is a fantastic form of self-care. When we tell ourselves that something is important to us, it’s more likely that we will make time for it - even if we have a lot of other things going on.
Write it in your planner
Once you’ve decided that creative time is a priority, get out your planner or calendar and set aside some time for it! Treat it the same as you would a doctor’s appointment - write down the day and time that you will devote to it and make sure you don’t plan anything else during that time. Then, make sure you keep your “creative appointment”.
Keep it simple
Last, but not least - keep it simple. It may be tempting to take on huge creative projects, but (at least when you’re first getting started), try to focus on small projects that won’t take up a ton of time. For example, if your creative outlet is writing, start out writing for just 15 minutes a week. As you get used to having a writing habit, you can extend the duration and even the frequency. For example, after a month, you could increase it to 30 minutes a week. After two months, you might be ready to write for 30 minutes a day, twice a week. Before you know, you might be writing for 30 minutes daily!
This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised by how easily things like self-care can feel like yet another “to-do” on your list. If you ever start to feel like the creative activity you chose is no longer bringing you joy, perhaps it’s time to scale back OR choose another activity. There’s no rule saying you have to stick with something once it’s no longer fun for you. In fact, when it comes to self-care, it really defeats the purpose! If something no longer makes you feel excited, try something different.
I hope this helps you to carve out some time for creativity in your life! If you need some tools to help you get started with arts and crafts, we have plenty to choose from on our website!