The number one complaint I hear from my artist friends is that they wished they had more time for art during their busy day! Many artists have day jobs, kids, and lots of other personal commitments filling up our schedules so it’s understandably difficult to be as creatively productive as we want.
I recently started a new job that comes with more responsibility, more stress, and changes in my sleep cycle. Therefore, my art productivity has seriously decreased over the past couple of months! Not necessarily because I don’t have enough time – but because I’ve been too wiped out to feel like even breaking out my paints. In my case, I’m trying not to be too hard on myself – I know it will take some time to settle into my new job. However, I miss doing art every day – it’s such an important part of my life and something I want to give priority to. So, I’ve been thinking of ways to keep the creativity flowing on those days when I don’t really feel that motivated.
Here are some things I’ve been trying out:
- Always travel with a small sketchbook and some art supplies. Or keep them at a desk or locker at work! Either way, whenever you have a few minutes – at a break at work for example or while waiting for an appointment, you’ll always have the right tools at hand when creativity strikes!
- No matter how busy you are, take your lunches and breaks at work. I tend to just work straight through my breaks if I have a lot on my to-do list but that’s just no good for anyone! Our brains (and bodies) need frequent breaks – to help renew our focus. Do yourself -and your art a favor- and step away from your desk for a few minutes and doodle in your sketchbook! As an added bonus, you’ll be more productive at work when you return from that break!
- Learn how to chop projects into more manageable bits. I like to finish projects in one sitting if I can and am often reluctant to start painting and drawing if I know I won’t have enough time. Of course , some weeks there is just no time and days can go by without any art. break at work. I’ve been trying to embrace the Work In Progress. A little bit each day and soon – a completed piece! In fact, the little birdie up above was drawn in 5 mins during a break at work. It’s far from being completed but I’m rather enjoying the journey and seeing something slowly take shape from day to day.
- Set up art play dates. Combine your socializing with creating! Do you have friends that you love drawing, painting, or crafting as much as you do? Well save time by and boost your bonding at the same time by getting together and making art instead of going to the movies or a bar for example.
- On a similar note, involve your kids and family in your art time. They will love spending time with you while sharing in an activity you are passionate about! It will definitely become part of your family routine that everyone looks forward to!
Do you have any tips and stories about how you incorporate more art into your busy schedule? Please share them in the comments below – I’d love to hear them!