Finding Space: 7 Strategies I Use To Be Creative Daily
Finding space to be creative every day… It’s a priority to me. I find time. Minutes, hours, days. I am constantly being asked how I even find time to be creative, especially with three little girls. And yeah, I will admit that things have been an adjustment for me after Eva came along. And I will be honest, it has been somewhat of juggling act for me. There are days where I want to push my creative time out of the way to make room for other things like, oh taking a shower…
The funny thing is, I actually do take a shower every day. And I make dinner every day. And I pick my girls up from school. And I am creative. Every single day. Oh and I have even been trying to add some exercise back in there somewhere. It does feel like a juggling act on most days. But here are some things I do every week to make room for being creative:
1. I am only allowed to be creative during nap times, or do something that I can only do while little miss is sleeping. That means no showers, exercise, cooking, or cleaning. I keep my mind clear and push out all of those other things that desperately need to be done. And guess what? Most of the time all of those other things get done. Plus, I am a way more productive person if I get to be creative.
2. I do everything else with my baby girl. I shower, cook, do laundry, and exercise WITH Eva. And most of the time she doesn’t have a problem with it either. She has gotten used to it being a part of our routine.
3. I do all of my computer work and emails during nap times. I make a list of everything I want to get done in a week, this includes projects, collections and submissions to companies. I stay flexible within a week. If I have an off day, I give myself grace to let it go until the next day. So one week I might focus on fabric design, then next gift collections.
4. I do all sketching, or most, while the biscuit is playing and entertaining herself. She is pretty good at entertaining herself, so I find that one of the best times that I can give her attention while doing something else. She doesn’t seem to enjoy it when I am on my computer. But she has no problem when I have a pencil in my hand.
5. I try to do all prep work for dinner early in the week. I find that towards the end of the week I am usually exhausted and don’t want to cook anymore. This enables me to give my girls my full attention when they are out of school and I don’t feel like I am scrambling for dinner.
6. After the girls go to bed I sometimes sneak back to the studio. I am usually worthless after 6, but I have been trying to change that mindset. It’s amazing what you can get done if stop watching so much T.V. And sometimes I will continue sketching while watching T.V. Just depends on how I am feeling.
7. I use down time, driving around, picking the girls up or going to appointments to plan things out in my head. I think a lot about my projects ahead of time so that when I do have time, I get right to it.
I hope that if you are struggling to find time to be creative that this post helps you out. Here are a few peeks at my daily creative ritual today.