Do you ever feel like you’ve finally got a process down for maintaining the day to day in your business, but you’re still struggling to find time for creativity?
I strongly believe there is no excuse for this.
You may not be able to “be creative” on demand, but a lack of creativity should never be due to a lack of time.
I want to share 3 Tips with you that will help ensure you never run out of time for creativity – no matter how hectic or crazy your day to day is.
But first things first: let’s make sure you’re actually maintaining the day to day, because if you’re not working efficiently, then step 1 is to start today.
Struggling with maintaining the day to day?
It starts with making sure you’re actually maintaining the day to day.
Take out a sheet of paper, and over the next few days write out everything you do.
Where are there inefficiencies?
What tasks can you create a system around to help you save time?
What are you working on that you should be delegating to someone else?
Once you’re confident that you are maintaining the day to day, then we can talk about still finding time for creativity.
3 Tips to still finding time for creativity
1. Schedule it to make it real
Block off 30 minutes daily, every other day – even once per week – to give yourself a time block for creativity.
Everyone can find an extra 30 minutes per day – in the morning (waking up 30 minutes earlier), or even at night (going to bed 30 minutes later).
Actually scheduling time on your calendar will help you ensure you’re taking time out to be creative.
2. Double down on your time
Depending on how you exercise your creativity, think of a daily activity you do where you could be doubling down on that time and also making it your creative time.
For me, I workout every day, and so during my workouts I’m also leveraging that time to exercise my creativity.
Whether it’s listening to a podcast or an audiobook, I know that for at least 30 minutes every single day I’m going to have time to brainstorm, be inspired and be creative because I’ve found a time block where I can do two productive things at once: exercise my body, and my creativity at the same time.
3. Create a trigger (make it a habit)
James Clear talks a lot about habits and how they effect our productivity; in fact, I did an episode on the topic of creating sequences that help you form good habits. This is a great technique that will help you still find time for creativity while maintaining the day to day.
What helps spark your creativity?
Whatever that might be, let it be your trigger for your creative time. If that’s looking at a magazine, listening to a podcast, working out, having a conversation with a mastermind partner – let that be your trigger to help you form a habit out of setting aside time for creativity.
It might be tough to “be creative” on demand, but it’s completely normal to have days where you just don’t feel creative. However, actually finding time to be creative shouldn’t be an issue, and hopefully the 3 Tips I’ve shared above will help you realize this in your own day to day.