For the things you love…
One of the things I hear all the time (pun intended), when people look at my art is some variation on the comment of, “I would love to do that but I don’t have enough time”. This always makes me sad to hear.
I struggle with this too…
The implication is that I must have more time than the average person because I am able to spend it on creating these paintings.
But feeling like I don’t have enough time is something that I experience on a regular basis too, pretty much every day, in fact.
Making time for activities we love to do can be a big challenge. An even bigger challenge than it used to be because there are… So. Many. Distractions.
And many of these distractions feel pretty good when we are drawn into the middle of them… Can I say “rabbit hole”… You know exactly what I mean. Anyone with a device and an internet connection can find a topic they are interested in, with days worth of content on said topic, in about 2 seconds flat.
There are plenty of articles, and even whole books, on the topic of managing your time more effectively. Here is a good one that talks about how certain activities, such as email or housework, magically expand to fill the time available. And that can make it feel like we don’t have enough time to do the thing, whatever that may be for you.
But when it comes to doing something like making art, or spending time with our horse, I think that there are other factors that come into play regarding finding time to do the thing you love.
Tips to stay aware of your time
I have learned a few tips and tricks, through trial and error. And I will share them with you to help you stay aware of your time and not let those distractions end up stealing away from what you really want to do. Whether that is to make art, go and play with your horse, or something else entirely.
Is fear sneaking in and stopping you?
Ask yourself what you might be afraid of? Is there a reason why it is easier to scroll on Facebook or Instagram than go do that thing you are really wanting to do?
I often notice that this is a sneaky way my mind can hide the fear and keep me away from the very thing that might make it show up.
Can you break it down?
Is there a way to do “the thing” in little bite-sized pieces? This also helps with the fear. If you can find 5 or 10 minutes to doodle or smoosh paint around, or 10 minutes to spend with your horse just hanging out, and you can manage that a few times per week, you will be surprised at how things evolve.
How do you view time?
Can you change your viewpoint of time? Are you always telling yourself how busy you are? Do you hear yourself saying things like, “I never have enough time.”? Do you always notice what you didn’t get done?
If so, try to start noticing what you did get done and even begin to write those things done someplace. Pick a new statement to make about time, maybe something like, I have plenty of time to do all I need to do.
Are you just staying busy?
Begin to notice where you are filling your time with things that make you feel busy, but are not really necessary.
Then you can consciously choose to do that thing are realize that you are doing it from a place of “free time” and not a place of frantically trying to make it through your day.
It’s a work in progress!
These are a few things that I try to stay on top of. It is easy to forget and fall back into bad habits. But then when I notice I am not fitting in the things that are truly important to me, I look back at these things and can usually find my way again.