How can you find time to be creative?

How to find time to be creative?

How often do you do something creative? Sometimes I go weeks without playing guitar, writing a song, or recording music. Sometimes it’s months. Where does all the time go? Let’s figure it out!

Why does it feel like we don’t have time for creative work? “Things” often seem to “get in the way”. The idea that I don’t have time to be creative causes anxiety, and makes me even less likely to create something. It’s interesting that we say to ‘spend’ time, like it’s money. It’s actually far more valuable than money. 

We all have the same 24 hours per day that everyone else has.
We all have the same 168 hours per week that everyone else has.
We all have the same 10,080 minutes per week that everyone else has.

To say I don’t have time for something is really just saying that it’s not a priority. Even if it’s something I want to do—I’m simply prioritizing other things over it.

I put together a short video about a method that I used to help me figure out where all my time was going. The process includes creating a “time log”—writing down your activities as they happen, for one full week. The results were eye-opening for me. Check out the video below and find out where all your time might be going. Let me know if you create your own time log—would love to hear your results. 🙂

 

About Ethan Tufts
Ethan Tufts Ethan Tufts is Strymon’s marketing guy and noisemaker. He spends most of his time using loopers and drenching everything in delay. He has owned 29 cars and is actively looking for his 30th.

4 Responses

  1. Jerry Kosak says:

    Well done! As are all things Strymon. I really liked your suggestion (near the end) to schedule time to be creative. Yes, this is like taking a class, where you put it on the schedule and then you attend. After a while this will become like a habit and you will find yourself wanting/needing to do this.

    • Ethan Tufts says:

      Thanks Jerry! Scheduling has really helped me, especially when it starts to become a routine or habit. 🙂

  2. Clint says:

    This is really great Ethan. I, like many others I’m sure, have a perception of what I’m doing with my time. Your video presented the concept of time management in a really engaging way. Thanks for taking the time to make the video and for the concepts you explored in it. I’ve not done a time log yet – but I will, thanks to your suggestion. I love the content on this site, Strymon’s products, and what the company culture represents. Keep up the good work on all fronts.

    • Ethan Tufts says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words Clint! Glad that the concept was helpful. Looking forward to hearing if the time log is helpful for you! 🙂

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