I find it very easy to procrastinate and allow everything else use up my time. I then become frustrated because I’d planned that time for my craft and never got around to it. I decided to come up with ten ways to help me carve out time for my craft and stop the procrastination.
- Turn the TV off—sometimes we just have to shut out the distractions in our life. The TV is a big distraction and we have to recognize that we just need to shut it off and do the work.
- Carve out a space for my craft—this has been a struggle for me at times to find a good place to work. Often I’ve had to make do with what was available, but wherever works for you and you are most comfortable set up your own space.
- Recognize when I am at my best—we all have a time of day when we are at our best. That could be first thing in the morning, mid-day or late at night. If you’re not sure, pay attention to your body and mindset or experiment with various times to find out when you are most creative.
- Exercise always helps—I’ve discovered that after exercising that not only do I feel better but I am also more focused and creative.
- Make my craft my first priority of the day—often I find that I feel I have accomplished more for the day when I dedicate time first thing in the morning to my craft.
- Recognize when I need a break—I discover that once started it’s easy to work through to the point of exhaustion. Sometimes I just need to take a break for 10-30 minutes. By stepping away and returning to my craft I am refreshed and have a new take on things.
- Recognize what inspires me—I’ve discovered that there are some things that inspire me. When I can be around these items or people, I am much more creative.
- Collaborate with others—often we just need someone with the same interest to bounce ideas with or offer critiques of our work. This should be a time of lifting one another up and offering constructive advice.
- Get away—there are times when I just need to get away from everything and the day to day distractions. I then have the ability to dedicate to my craft and make a huge dent in the project or wrap it up.
- Just do it—often it’s so easy to put things off and continuously procrastinate. There are times when I just have to say, “just sit down and do it.” Once I get started I discover that I’m in the rhythm of my craft.
What are some ways that you carve out time to practice your craft?