Are you finding that you don't have the time to create or just feel like your inspiration has run dry? I go through those times too and thought I'd share a few tips with you.
1. Schedule time to play - I know this may seem strange - schedule time for creativity. You can't force inspiration to strike but if find the time to show up, you might find that inspiration is soon to follow. Pick a day this month or once a week and say these four hours (or however many you can spare) are mine to have fun and play. That's what I did with the Bead of Month Club - I gave myself one day a month to experiment and explore. And the result was not only the BOM bead but a whole new line of spring-inspired creations.
2. Unplug - This is hard for me, but necessary if I am feeling really stressed and want to tap into my inner muse. Go ahead - turn off the computer and Ipod, don't check your email for a day. I promise the world will not fall apart. Sit down at your table, turn on your favorite music and let your hands go to work. If you have a creative block, pull out an art or beading book or go for a walk. But then go back to your work table. Or work on a mindless task for a for minutes until you feel warmed up - for me that is mixing colors.
3. Sleep - Seriously you feel more creative if you are rested. I'm so guilty of not getting enough sleep. But when I do, my mind is creatively solving problems and feeling all fired up to work on new designs.
4. Chill out - Are you in a constant state of panic, putting out one fire after another or feeling overrun by your to-do list? Ha - I just describe myself. On these days there is not a creative bone in my body. The cure? Relax for crying out loud. We don't have to be constantly stressed or under the gun of a deadline to produce amazing things. Make a daily habit of meditating, going for a nature walk or praying. All good for the soul and for feeding your creative muse.
Other suggestions for finding more time:
- Skip watching TV.
- Schedule a creative play day with a friend.
- Delegate household chores.
- Work with your spouse and set up a Daddy's Day Out with the munchkins. Use that time to play and for nothing else!
- Consolidate your errands - bunch up your errands so that you aren't constantly running around.
Do you have any tips for finding more time in your day? I'd love to hear them!