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.
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.
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?