Many creative people separate their creative skills from their work. They prefer to have a job that brings them money and balance it with their creative hobbies. Despite the fact that it’s challenging and hard, people still stick to this way of living, being too afraid to start making money with the help of their talent.
Though it’s possible to find a right balance between work and creativity, not many people actually succeed in it. Even the most talented ones need frequent practice to allow their talents to bloom and this can be hard when one has to combine such practice with a full-time work while also needing to spend quality time with their family and friends. That’s why even if a person intends to spend a lot of time on creative hobbies, in reality, it rarely happens this way.
Sometimes it happens because our main work tires us so much that we don’t have strength and desire to do something else. In this case, you should try balancing your work tasks and looking for the ways to make it easier for you as such workload probably affects not only your creative life but a personal one too.
However, if you have enough time but still find it hard to spend some time on your creative hobbies, you probably should reconsider your approach. I can help you with that, offering some tips that will allow you to balance work and creativity successfully.
1. Understand your goal.
Some of us dream of making money with the help of our creative hobbies; the others just do it for fun. If you want your hobby to become your main source of income, you should treat it like you treat your business: seriously and responsibly. Try to find some time to think how exactly you imagine your business and what it takes for you to turn this hobby into a business. Write a business plan and try to schedule some time every week to work on the tasks you need to complete to achieve this goal.
If you do it just for fun, the situation is different. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to discard planning in this case: try to think how much time you’ll need to complete your work of art. Then try to divide this time, keeping your productivity and your workload in mind. Maybe you’ll need to spend only 15 minutes a day on it to finish it by the end of the month. Or maybe you prefer working for a few hours three days a week. Once you’ll figure this out, be sure to schedule everything and to stick to that schedule.
2. Try combining work and hobby.
Maybe you have a busy life after work but have some free time during your workday. Try to use this time to become better in your creative hobbies. For example, if you draw, try spending some time on doodling or sketching things. And if your hobby is the one that cannot be done at work, you can still do something related to it: for example, read a book related to that hobby or create an inspiration board on Pinterest.
3. Optimize your time.
If it’s hard for you to find time for your hobbies, try looking for things that take away most of your precious time. Sometimes we actually have more time than we think: the problem is that we spend it on wrong things.
One of the best ways to find your main time-stealers is to write down literally everything you do during the day: when you wake up, how many minutes you spend in the shower, how much time you waste spacing off at work, etc. You can use some tools like RescueTime that can show you how much time you spend on useful sites and how much time you spend on social networks, etc. Track everything you do for the next few days and then look at your notes again. Probably you’ll see some things that you can easily discard or optimize to find more time for your hobbies.
4. Find your motivation.
Sometimes it’s not the time that matters: it’s the lack of motivation. If you aren’t motivated to do something creative, try to find out why it happens. Sometimes the answer lies in small and simple things: maybe you don’t get enough sleep or rest, don’t eat well so your brain doesn’t work effectively enough because of the lack of nutrients, etc. Daily exercise, a healthy sleep schedule, and a proper nutrition can do wonders not only for our health but for our energy and creativity too.
However, sometimes it’s not that easy: we can receive enough sleep and lead a healthy lifestyle and still not feel like doing something creative. Maybe the reason is that you don’t like a certain work of art you’re working on now: in this case, try switching to something else. Maybe you’re not inspired: in this case, a movie or an inspiration board can help. Maybe you aren’t motivated: in this case, you have to dig deeper, analyze your feelings and try to understand why you don’t want to do things you like and how you can change that attitude.
5. Optimize your methods.
Even a creative process requires good organization. It could be hard to remain positive and focused on your ideas when you have to spend time looking for your brushes, paper, etc. That’s why try to optimize your creative process by making it easier and simpler. Keep all of your creative supplies in one place and make sure they can be easily accessed when inspiration strikes. Use the methods that allow you to quicken the whole creative process: for example, if you’re typing faster than writing, write a novel on a computer instead of sheets of papers. Moreover, you can organize your creative workplace in a way to make the whole process more pleasant: light candles, put some inspiring posters or pictures there, and so on.
Our creative hobbies can give us a lot of joy and inspiration. They allow us to express ourselves and to switch our attention from unpleasant daily routines to more interesting things. However, we have to build the right attitude and to do everything possible in order to continue being creative no matter what the circumstances are. I hope that my article will help you with that and I wish you good luck!