When I first started with a life coach, in a quest to try to make time for art and creativity in my life, I was wondering how I was going to find that time. I worked long hours, commuted for hours a day, I have a young family and the 24 hour day didn’t seem to be long enough, even if I got my sleep down to 4 or 5 hours a night (you can’t, but we all try it, don’t we?).
My coach, who is very wise and perceptive, just challenged me to commit to a set time every week to engage in certain activities I loved. OK, I thought. I’m already doing a life drawing class once a week. Why not make time for my other projects in the same way? Make believe that I am going to a class and that I have to show up, on time, ready to create and leave when everybody goes home. The only difference is that I would be the only one there. I would be teacher, class, model, everything.
Amazingly, this simple discipline of making a date with yourself to make your art works great! I was afraid that my kids and wife would suffer. Did they heck!? My wife uses the time to get on with her writing and has been writing some of her best stuff lately. My kids get inspired by my creative exploits and want to do some of their own, In fact, my son now wants to write songs and my daughter can’t wait to dive into Cubase.
Where did all this extra time that I didn’t think I had come from? You know where. I had fallen into the trap of slumping down in front of the television, exhausted and uninspired. I found that I was watching any old garbage from the hundreds of channels of garbage available and frittering my life away. So now, not only do I enjoy watching the shows I really DO want to watch much more, I feel more energised and less exhausted because I am following my passions instead of vegetating.
Throw off the shackles of walking zombie vegetable-dom. Make a date with yourself to do the things you love and don’t stand yourself up. You wouldn’t accept that from your friends, so why do it to yourself? You’ll be amazed at the results!