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Are you disorganized in your process? Are you trying to push yourself too hard? Are you a thinker and not a doer? These are just a few of the things that might be standing between you and actually doing something creative.
We all make mistakes when it comes to scheduling our creative time. I mean, c’mon. Who doesn’t? I know I’ve made quite a few of them over the years. I have good intentions, but poor follow-through.
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I let myself think I can get my never-ending creative to-do list finished and I get frustrated when it doesn’t happen as quickly as I had hoped. I’m sure you can relate.
There are definitely a few things I’ve done when it comes to creative time management that have made me shake my head in disbelief. Are you curious what they were? Here are the 5 biggest mistakes I made when scheduling my creative time. Check them out on the next page.
Have you made any of these same mistakes?
Not keeping a to-do list or at least a list of projects in progress
I’m not saying you need to only work from a list, though. I’m simply saying that if you can keep a list of ideas, you won’t sit down and waste precious time that you could be creating trying to figure out exactly what it is that you want to create.
Enough said, right? Keep a tablet on your workspace and write down ideas as you think of them or find a planner that you’re crazy about. This one* is my favorite!
Trying to force myself to be creative when I’m just not feeling it
Let’s face it, some days you’re inspired and others you’re not. And you know what? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Switch things up and do what makes you happy. And if that means creating tonight and finishing laundry tomorrow, then so be it.
You could also check out books, for example, Mixed Media Storytelling Workbook: Art Journaling Inspiration, Words and Prompts* or The Art of Whimsical Lettering* or even just read a little Chicken Soup for the Scrapbooker’s Soul: Stories to Remember*.
Wasting asinine amounts of time looking for inspiration online
One of my biggest time-wasters is of course Pinterest. Sure, once in a while, it’s cool to look for ideas, but it definitely shouldn’t become a habit. Let me repeat myself. All of our creative time shouldn’t be spent on Pinterest, unless of course you don’t want to actually make anything after all.
And if you can’t keep it reasonable, definitely try setting a timer or using an app. We have one similar to this* that we use for homeschool stuff.
Thinking I can accomplish more than what’s actually possible
Unfortunately, there really are only 24 hours in a day. It’s such a shame, isn’t it? On more than one occasion, I’ve wished that I could just quit my job, stay at home, and make stuff. Yea, I know. Keep dreamin’. At least that’s what my husband tells me all the time.
Procrastinating until I have large blocks of time to be creative
Let’s break this down. If you’re anything like me, you have a full-time job, a toddler, and about a half-dozen other things that require your attention on a day-to-day basis. If you wait until you have large blocks of time to be creative, you’ll never end up actually making anything.
Take advantage of it when you find a few minutes here and there throughout your day. Maybe, leave whatever project you’re working on out and add to it each time you walk past it.
What are the biggest mistakes you make when scheduling your creative time? Leave a comment and share.
This post is part of the Creative Mistakes mini-series. You can find the other posts in this series here:
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Organizing Your Creative Space
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Planning Your Creative Budget
5 Mistakes To Avoid When Starting Your Creative Blog
Psst… If you haven’t already, you’re definitely going to want to come hang out with us in our 52 Weeks Facebook group. That’s where we’ll be chatting about the challenges and our creative spaces.
Thanks so much for visiting. Have an awesome week!