It’s 4:28am in the morning and I made sure to put on pants before writing this post. I have a difficult time concentrating when I’m in my boxer-briefs. To go further, I have an even harder time doing anything when the bottom half (of me) is completely unclothed: Yes, I sleep naked or half-bottom-naked. It’s for health reasons.
Therefore, I made sure to put on pants, put on my favorite hoodie, and plop my laptop onto a pillow before gently positioning myself into a butterfly stance. The one downfall from this entire situation is that my mouth’s moisture is producing a taint pungent garbage-esq morning saliva that is making my self-conscious yearn for a good brushing. However, I don’t want to run to the bathroom to brush, shower, or anything else in between because I don’t want to lose the creative juices flowing in my brain… yet.
In fact – this is the short topic I want to write about today…
How To Find Your Creative Time
The current system we live in doesn’t make it easy for creatives to be… creatives. It’s not easy to create. It requires full concentrating, it requires inspiration, it requires motivation, and most of all, it requires time. Time is a privilege many aspiring artists lack.
We are bogged down by the clock-in and clock-out of the many errands that the world pushes us to do on a daily basis. These errands, these deadlines, these other projects (for someone else), need our undivided attention to be done right: because multi-tasking always creates half-ass work.
Then, by the time the world gives the free time you deserve – you are in a situation where you just want to lay down on your bed and sleep: you want to do something creative but you’re exhausted. It’s frustrating because the video you wanted to film and edit, the book you wanted to write, the drawing of the half naked clown you wanted to paint… has to take a step back while you regenerate.
I wish I could tell you (and myself) to suck it up and just start producing art. However, the act of creativity is hard to force. For example, I have a difficult time writing anything substantial when I schedule a specific time to write. I’ll open up the blank document and then pretty soon I’ll find myself staring at the same blank page for a solid hour. It’ll get so bad that I’ll fall asleep (nap) and wake up an hour later wondering why the dreams in my head weren’t transmitting through the keyboard: I wake up with a great dream, a blank page, and no time to continue because I must run off to complete my next deadline. The one word how I can describe this situation is exactly how I would describe my father… disappointing.
However, all of this doesn’t have to happen to you because as I’m about to FINALLY explain – here are a few steps to how you can find the time to create and publish your art. I’m not just talking about creating once, I’m talking about finding the time to create consistently.
I’m starting these methods as well – they’ve been developed over the past few months through many hours of trial and error.
1 – Figure out the best time of day when you are the most creative (or have the most energy). For example, I’m the most creative and energetic around 6pm – 8pm & 4am – 7am. These are then times when I think the fastest, when I hear the voices of my ideas screaming at me to wake up, and these are also the times when I feel like I’m a living embodiment of a god. Therefore, I’m making it a point, that instead of wasting these hours on an errand, I’m going to step aside and do something creative. Why should I waste my god-like creative juices on something or someone else? Your art depends on your selfishness.
2 – Bring your creative tools wherever you go. For example, because I shoot and edit videos, I make it a point to charge all my camera devices (including my phone) & create a habitual motion to continue to clear space by adding the used footage to my hard drive. (Yes, I don’t leave my house without my laptop / hard drive as well). In addition, I leave paper notebooks and pens everywhere. I want to make sure I’m ready when an idea strikes! You must always be prepared.
3 – Create habits to push your brain into that “creative mode.” I always seem to find myself inspired and motivated to do something creative after I listen to a NPR podcast, or after watching an episode of one of the greatest sitcoms all of the 20th century – Friends, or after listening to Adele’s new hit“All I Ask,” or after engaging in a witty conversation with a friend, or after reading some fiction book… you understand the idea. You should create daily habits that triggers your creative juices.
Even though you may not be able to create at the exact moment when you got inspired – at least you’re able to get inspired in the first place, and (as #2 states) you’ll have the tools around you to quickly outline the idea that randomly flashed into your head.
4 – Start making anything. Just. Anything. I always made the excuse NOT to film or edit or write because I was too afraid that what I was publicly producing… was crap. But, who cares… let it be crap. The point is that you’re creating something and that is what matters at the moment. Your art will evolve and get better overtime.
How can you know what to change or, how can you know what works if you let your ego control your art?
These are the four points I’m now following, which I hope will help all of us publicly produce more art every single day: hence why I’m pushing myself to write everyday (as my previous post stated).
One of the biggest hurdles of art is finding the time. As I’ve said before, it’s a privilege to be given time and be given the space to create.
Did you know that when JK Rowling was writing her last two novels, she was able to lock herself in her basement? Didn’t know that? Now you know. It was a wonderful basement with a couch, her working space, and she only left to get fresh air and to eat. Basically, she was able to be in her creative area WITHOUT interruptions because she could afford the time (and money) to do so.
However, having the lack of time (or money) shouldn’t be an excuse to why you shouldn’t create. It just means you need to really focus on what makes you creative, when you’re the most creative, and how you can make it easier for you to put your creative ideas on paper. This way – when you’re ready – you don’t waste the limited time you have. One day at a time. One day a time.
Thanks for listening.
I hope this helps.
See you tomorrow.