How do you make time for creativity in your life?
I’m discovering that the life of a freelancer is a busy one. But maybe not the right kind of busy. Emails, internet searches, converting various files to other formats, uploading, downloading, budget making, budget following, to-do lists, printing, adding, calling, following up, running errands, running to meetings. This doesn’t even include the actual work part, the writing itself.
I find myself passing whole days focusing on the administration stuff, only to sit up at the end of the day to realize I haven’t taken a spare second to stretch my brain and think about new things. I’m worried that I’m missing the whole reason I was so excited about being a full-time freelancer in the first place. In an effort to add more creativity to my life, I’ve come up with some possible solutions for forcing myself to make time.
1. Schedule it in. Don’t watercolor illustration or some new story ideas deserve half an hour in there somewhere?
2. Take a daily walk outside to think about new problems and ideas.
3. Coffee with friends. Sometimes scheduling a break for some conversation and caffeine can be a nice way to take your mind off the quotidian and imbue your mind with new excitement.
4. Make it a habit. Sitting down quietly with the window, a cup of tea, and no computer for a certain amount of time each morning should lead to some adventurous thinking.
5. Mood Boards? For brainstorming? I don’t know. Other people do this. It seems kind of like scrapbooking but has come to forefront as the refined and non-suburban mom form of collage.
I will work on these. Try them out in the next couple weeks and get back to you on the best solutions. In the meantime, feel free share your own techniques in the comments.