Now, I have to give a disclaimer here, I’m not saying that my ability to find creative time prior to family life was better than it is now, it was just different. Back then I was able to spend a whole weekend working on art and design projects or writing and recording music for my next album. With a family, those long afternoons of immersing myself in creative work now become short bursts of time in 20 minute increments to be taken advantage of.
It’s not a bad thing by any means because I honestly want to spend the majority of my time with my family. However, I still have the need to be creative, so in the past year or so I’ve been discovering how I can capitalize on the bits of time that become available, often sporadically.
I recently read an interview with Michelle Ward on the Life of a Freelancer website. Ward is a life coach for creative types. Late in the interview she was talking about this concept as it related to her transitioning into her own business. That’s when I realized that the “rub” comes from the transition.
Really, what I’ve struggled with has been my ability to transition from one mode of working to another that is less familiar to me. Lately though, I’ve been able to keep my creative projects in mind, armed and ready, so that when a 15 or 20 minute window opens I can make the most of it. This isn’t easy to do, it takes some practice, but I really think it’s helped me hone my creative skills toward getting to the main thought or point of each task, simply because I know I don’t have time to waste. In that way I have become better at working more quickly, but still with a high level of quality...my efforts are simply fueled with more focused energy.
Posted by: Nick Venturella
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