Balancing Creativity and Art is a Matter of Being Greedy
When it comes to completing art many creatives get caught in the incubation phase. You might say, “I’ll get that idea written down just as soon as they find the time to do it.” Then, at the end of the day, you’re left without the idea. Most likely it left your head while you were doing something else. You’re also left wanting “to find” more time. It feels like everyone gets your time, but you.
In the quest “to find” time, creatives most wish they could give up their jobs. It is the place you spend most of your time. However, there are these basic needs that call to us like power, food, and shelter. Our job is mainly the reason why we’re not living in a ditch. There are other things that can stand in the way of creativity such as family, illness, child care, or school.
Stop Trying “to Find” Time
In each of the above instances there is someone, or something, that you decide is more important than writing, sculpting, or dancing. In due time, as an artist, you begin to look back at every direction that other people are pulling you in. You soon, bitterly, realize that you were pulled in every direction, but the one you wanted to go in. Many are left scratching their head with the horrible feeling of “How did I get here?”
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Many artists come up with a simple solution. “Just find more time.” Geekdad offers up a few personas to undertake when trying to accomplish this goal. You could be the conquistador, or weekend warrior, or even a time opportunist. This idea is well and fine, but it doesn’t offer up a permanent solution. Even if we do quit our jobs, or fight to find time on the weekends, you can always have something come up that will take you away from your writing, art, or dance.
The solution is found in the problem. As a writer, I find issue with the overuse, or lack of use associated with words. True meanings get muddled in complacent, easily acknowledged answers. “To find” something implies that you have lost it to begin with. As the only representative of the fourth dimension, it is virtually impossible “to lose” time. So, I suggest, instead of using the verb “find” in our solution, because it makes no sense at all, I suggest the verb “take.”
Now, It’s Time to get Greedy
This solution may sound a little counter intuitive to what most of you were taught growing up. It makes you sound mean and almost nasty about being an artist. However, if you spend all your time “finding time” you may never actually get around to doing any art at all.
One of the things I first learned about being creative is that you don’t “find” the time to be creative. You “take” it. You consciously decide that you will sacrifice A, B, or C so that you can sit uninterrupted and work on your art. Tiny Buddha suggest as her number one way of “finding” time to produce art is to Just Say No. “It isn’t selfish to honor your creative self; it’s self-care.” Taking the time, you need to make sure your art happens doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you a better creative artist.
Take Time for Your Art. No one Else Will.
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