How to Make Time for Your Creative Goals

If you had the choice to do whatever you want in life – money, location, children, and nothing else influenced your decision – what would you do?

It’s such a big, open question that it scares me. But the thing is, I have too many things I want to do in life, and that scares me more.

The idea that I had to pick one thing left me at a standstill for a long time. I so badly want to be a writer, an artist and a photographer, maybe even one day a coach or a teacher, and more, but the thought that I had to pick just one of those left me doing nothing at all. How could I pick just one? What did I love more?

I recently interviewed an amazing woman for an article I had to write. Her story was so inspiring that it made me question my own life and career goals. As I researched her work and got to know her through our conversation, I realized that it’s okay to have more than one big goal in life; that we can follow multiple passions; we don’t have to pick just one thing.

But I also know from experience that chasing too many goals at once can be overwhelming, leaving us to crash and burn. There has to be a balance, because although it’s possible to successfully accomplish multiple goals, it’s something that we need to work at.

I’m still learning how to juggle my many hobbies and passions, but I’ve also learned a lot on how to make time for my creative goals, too.

Delegate Tasks

In order to make time for your goals, you might consider delegating a few of those pesky tasks that keep you busy doing things you don’t want to do, rather than be able to do the things you do want to do. So, have your kids do more chores, hire a virtual assistant, get a babysitter – you don’t have to do it all by yourself!

Decide what tasks you can delegate, and then do it!

Stop Wasting Time

Speaking of finding the time, chances are you’re wasting a lot of it, when you could be working towards your goals. I know for a fact that I waste a lot of time watching TV and I hate that I do it. So, I’ve recently decided that I’m not going to anymore. Watching a few TV shows that I really enjoy is okay now and then, but other than that, there’s no need for it.

Take a look at your day, find out where you’re wasting time and make the choice: is it worth my time or is my time better spent on working towards my goals?

Take Small Steps

You might not be able to spend 8 hours a day working towards your goals, but even if you do it for an hour, or even half an hour a day, that’s better than nothing!

Don’t let the idea that it has to be all or nothing keep you from accomplishing your creative goals, instead, be willing to take small steps.

 

Stay Organized

Getting yourself organized is crucial if you want to be able to successfully complete your goals in life. Don’t waste time digging through your closet every time you want to play guitar, or paint a picture. Instead, have your stuff organized and placed somewhere that’s easily accessible. Keep an organized planner, too, to ensure you can stay on top of things rather than trying to remember everything.

Organize your hobbies, and your life, and you’ll have more time to work towards your creative goals.

Make it a Priority

Your goals will never get accomplished if you don’t make them a priority in your life!

Schedule it in your calendar, make it a weekly routine, take a course with a friend – whatever it takes so you don’t bail on your creative goals!

What creative goals do you have? How do you make time for them?

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29 Comments

  1. Great advice! I wish I had the ability to delegate more of my menial tasks; with no kids and no money to hire an assistant, it’s all me running two creative businesses while trying to stay on top of a full-time college course load. Tough but worth it!

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I know what you mean! I cannot afford to pay people for things right now either, and as a recent college graduate, I get how tough it can be to go to school full-time and run a creative business! It is so worth it! Even if you can’t afford to pay someone, you can always try to trade services? That way, you can at least spend time doing something you like rather than something you don’t. Just an idea!

  2. I think small steps and just sitting down to do those small chunks is most important.
    If I put something off because I think I don’t have the time that project deserves to be allotted, then it never gets done. If I sit down and say, “Okay, I can work on this wc pencil sketch, transfer, inking, etc. for 30 minutes, I’ll often keep working and put off another less important task that would have eaten up my time anyway. 🙂

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      That’s a great way of getting the little things done! I’ve been trying something similar, myself, and it has really helped!

  3. Great ideas! Delegating to others (esp with church responsibilities) has always been trick for me. I also need to be better about breaking things down…

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I think delegating can be the most difficult thing ever at times! But it is helpful when you can manage to do it!

  4. Such good advice. It’s true: get a babysitter to get a half an hour at a time done! At least it’s one thing for the day’s gratitude journal entry, right?

    Popping over from the EBT…

  5. Oh, if only life didn’t get in the way! My plans keep getting waylaid, but I’m not going to entirely give up. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      I know the feeling! Don’t give up, ever! 🙂

  6. I try to plan ahead and break it into doable tasks.. It helps me procrastinate less.
    Great tips. Thanks for sharing
    — DT | Here I Scribble

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      That is a great way to get things done! I’ve been trying to do that myself and it seems to be helping a lot!

  7. I have to admidt my creative anything is the thing that gets put on the back burner… That and my blog when I’m swamped with clients… I needed this post today. I’m glad I found you !

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad you did, too! I think for a lot of people we put our creative goals last, especially when life gets busy!

  8. You’re right about the power of taking small steps, if you just keep putting the time in day after day. I have too many creative passions, but I find that it lifts my spirits if I just do a bit every day on at least a couple of them.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Exactly! I have a lot of creative passions, too, and it is hard to find the time for all of them, but if you work a little at a time it helps!

  9. love this post-the quote you have in the purple background rings so true with blogging. I wish I had this great blog with all my memories jotted down in it already, but it takes time & I will get there & have an amazing online journal to look back on. thanks for the inspiration! xox

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      You totally will get there! Thank you so much!

  10. Hi Jemma thanks for linking up with us at #AnythingGoes. Even though you tips sound easy it can be overwhelming at times to make the time. Thanks for reminding us of what we can do to make time for our creativity.

    • Cole Nemeth Reply

      Yes, definitely easier said then done! Thanks!

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