Artists are not just artists anymore.
Artists need to be competent in many areas.
We are busy creating art for sure but we also need time for marketing our art, managing the inventory, accounting, establishing and online presence and much more, the list is endless.
If you have a full-time job or family to look after there is hardly enough time to create art and plan for your next project, let alone figure out how to get your work out there.
However, regardless of how busy your life gets, we can always find time to create art.
According to Donovan Bailey, follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, and don’t let anyone limit your dreams’.
As much freedom comes from doing what you like.
Here are 12 things you can do to create an extra minute for your creative art habit.
1. Embrace Your Artistic Creative Nature
Getting to know what kind of artist you’re and working on artistic skills is essential. Genuinely embrace the fact that your life feels full for a while when creating art.
It will require some discipline but it will be so worth it in the end.
Moreover, believe you can complete your art no matter how busy you’re and give your true passion the importance it deserves.
If you shut down your creative passion now, later on, you might regret not having pursued your dreams as best as you could. It may sound an idealistic approach, but everyone is encouraged to chase what makes them happy and be able to inspire those around while making an impact in the world.
Your current situation shouldn’t hold you back, whether working full-time or too many responsibilities that have nothing to do with art or not fulfilling at all.
Think of your full-time job as a starter that allows you to grow and provide resources that nurtures your artistic nature. You can pay your bills whilst keeping your end-goal in mind-creating art.
2. Schedule time
Rank your artistic growth by rearranging your current routines.
You can block chunks of time in your routine to make art.
Start with a few minutes every day for hours each week. Doing a little bit of your passion each week might seem like less, but over time, it adds up to something huge.
In all aspects of life, to make significant improvements understand that focus on the set goals by creating plans and sticking to them is the key to success.
Making time for arts come with certain sacrifices, but remember a year from now, you will be incredibly happy that you started today.
By scheduling in your art-making, you are likely to succeed if you take the time to complete something. It’s influenced by your situation fueled by “regular” jobs, families to take care of, and all the responsibilities that come with being adults. Don’t forget that things aren’t going to pop up; you have to strive to make a difference amid all chaos.
You can squeeze time of your other day-to-day aspects such as watching TV or time spend on your phone. And it could mean setting aside an hour after or before work to follow on a few art tutorials. If you can’t find time during the week, weekend morning is the best for art-making.
3. Stay Focused
A day is full of distraction that keeps popping up, where some are unavoidable, but unnecessary as they detour your thoughts leading to loss of focus. Stay away from self-imposed distractions such as spending an hour in social media or watching the entire last season of “GOT”?
Using your time wisely, start with the ability to say “no” to any activity that isn’t going to get you closer to your goals. Art requires much discipline, and it’s imperative to establish clear boundaries with others. Discern between events that are helpful for those that are a waste of time and energy.
4. Try Small Time Incremental
Most people look at developing a skill or project as an overwhelming task. An individual brain calculates how much work is likely to go into developing the skills to achieve positive results, and we become extremely overwhelmed.
A little bit of time improves up to something more significant in the long run. You don’t have to feel obligated to finish creating your in one setting. Start by working 15 minutes each day on your art either in the morning before work in the evening after work, and in a few weeks, you’ll see significant improvements.
Everyone can manage 15 minutes each day for artist improvement.
It can add up to
- 15 minutes each day for a week is 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- After a month its 7 months on your art.
- After 6 months, you will have 42 hours spend on your art.
- And year working 15 minutes each day adds up 84 hours spent on your art.
In the end, you will be astonished how much you accomplished of you spend 15-30 minutes each day on art improvement and reductions
5. Conscious Goals and Deadlines
Can you establish deadlines and goals? Setting yearly goals allows you to chunk them down into clear, achievable day-to-day objectives. Achieve artistic growth by dividing those goals into a smaller chunk completed each week or day.
The process might sound too constructive or very dull if you love free-flowing art-making. Some aspect of art-making calls for flexibility with no rigid deadlines, but avoid pushing things back to the point they never get done. In an environment full of distractions, it is crucial to stay focused to complete something meaningful. Conscious goals and deadlines move the needle forward consistently, even if it’s tiny at a time.
6. Take an Art Class
It takes time to nurture the spirit to push you along as you strive to make art. You can start with an online art course to refresh your skills and update on the current issue. After gaining momentum, you can set weekly goals completed as part of the month’s goal share that will lead to incremental goals.
7. Have an Accountability Partner
Most folks make excuses for letting ourselves down, but mostly avoid letting others down at all cost. Having an accountability partner helps with time management that fosters keeping you on the tip of your art-making. You are more likely to reach your goals with someone watching you over.
An accountability partner can be anyone who pushes you to stay focused. Accountability can simply mean a call, text message, and you will be surprised by what you can accomplish, knowing someone is watching you.
8. Incorporate Art into Your Social Activities
Social activities connect with others who share the same love of art. Most artists tend to keep it to themselves and not having other people to talk to or share the joy of art makes things harder. It is imperative to maintain connections with other people you share a common interest; learn from them as you inspire each other to keep going.
Make the internet, your friend, where you can learn and improve your artistic skills through tutorials and videos. Connect with other people all over the world that share the same passion for art.
You can quickly meet other artists through social media, groups, and art communities and supplement the lack of artists around you whom you can hang out.
As you create and share art with others in person, online or both make sure you set time for brainstorming the new ideas with others. Seek feedback from the social circle as you learn from more season artists.
9. Keep Your Art Supplies Handy
Eliminate set-up time as a strategy for making time for your art. It eliminates the “set up” time that most people take to get their supplies in order or to set up a workspace. By cutting down on set up, you have more time for your art.
Aside from keeping your art supplies with you, also place your art supplies somewhere accessible for your home use. Please don’t keep them locked away, as having them on sight there is a high chance you will remember to use them.
10. Bring a Blank Journal with You Everywhere
Creativity is inspired, and you never know when such inspiration comes along. Get in the habit of bringing a small handbook and a couple of artistic tools you use whenever you go. This way, you will foster creativity and observational skills at any time throughout the day.
11. Collect inspiration, motivation, and ideas as you go through your day
Being artistic mean staying open to inspiration at all times that might come from all kinds of sources. A new art inspiration can come up after seeing some excellent color combinations as you go by your day. Inspiration comes from emotions and ideas as you walk to your favorite store or a night club with friends.
A busy week might hold you back from working on your art, but keeping your artwork at the forefront of your mind by collecting ideas as you go through your day. Keep a positive perception on how you can take every day experiences as inspiration for future projects by writing down notes as well as making reference pictures that you can use later.
12. Just get to work stop overthinking
In the arts, there is no room for overthinking; this creates the most significant obstacles pushing you away to your goals. Overthinking everything is the most significant waste of time. Use the time to work on any imperfect instead of worrying about creating a perfect piece. Just going to work rules directly out time spend paralyzed and lazy for fear of failure.
The truth of the matter is you can make time for the essential things in life, and if you’re finding it hard to make time for your art, then art it’s not your cup of tea. Your passion for art should push you in finding and making time for it, even for a few minutes each day.
Motivate yourself looking forward to the artist you’ll be a year from now of you make that simple decision to prioritize your growth.
A year from now, you’ll be thankful for starting now.