FINDING TIME FOR YOUR DREAM AS A CREATIVE PERSON
Do your job and housework keep you from finding time to experience your dream? Don’t let them. You want to be ready for opportunities when they arise. Decide what it will take to achieve your dream. If you can work on your project an hour a day, think how much you can accomplish in a year.
If you’re a writer and finish one page a day, you will have 365 pages done in a year. A painter can do a lot in an hour. If you crochet, you can do a square or two a day and have an afghan done in a year. Make the amount you set for yourself a goal you can easily meet. Some days you may even do more. Of course, you may have to redo part of it, but you will have a start on achieving your dream.
MAKE GOOD USE OF TIME
Choose the right thing to work on. That works best if it is (1) something you have a passion for, (2) something you have some talent for–you can always learn more, and (3) something the market will buy or something you can give as a gift.
Work with your body, not against it. Figure out what time your body is at its best for creativity. That depends on your personal body rhythms and whether you are a lark or a night owl. It also depends on the time when you are least likely to have interruptions so you can concentrate on your project. If you’re writing that will be your story world and characters. Set a specific time each day, at least an hour, to write so your brain will keep thinking about your story. Your subconscious mind will work on what can happen next or solve problems with your story so you will be ready to write when the time comes. You may be able to choose a time when you are most creative, and there are few interruptions, but jobs and housework seem to take up most of your time.
TEN WAYS TO FREE TIME
1. set priorities, you may need to go to work, but after that, do important stuff first–like writing, painting, crocheting 2. curtail TV, choose favorites 3. Use answering machine – return calls later 4. clean less often (do some chores every other week) 5. delegate – kids can do lots of jobs – make allowance depend on that a. give money for keeping toys picked up in common areas 6. Do yard work less often (or get your spouse or kids to do it) a. plant low maintenance landscaping b. use heavy mulch chips to avoid weeds 7. Don’t do some things, identify time wasters, learn to say ‘no’ 8. let fingers do walking 9. don’t shop unless you need things, throw away catalogues without reading 10. bunch errands (saves gas too) Make good use of the dishwasher by setting table with clean dishes right from the machine. Empty it right away, so it’s easy for everyone to put dirty dishes in it. Dovetail your work by combining two jobs at the same time. You can empty the dishwasher while you wait for water to heat for coffee.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND TO FIND TIME FOR YOUR DREAM
Choose the best time to work on your project and stick to it each day. Set time aside religiously – tell your family that’s your time. Spend less time on other things . Remember the four Ds, (1) Dovetail, (2) Delegate, (3) Do less often, and (4) Don’t do some things. Then spend your “Found Time” working on your dream