I start a new job today. Yay! Actually it’s my first paying job (besides a magazine article I wrote about a year ago) in many years. I say paying job because up until this time I’ve had many jobs: mother, wife (yes, it is a job because you must work at it to be successful), homeschooler, caregiver, ministry volunteer, animal rescuer. None of those came with a paycheck that translated to dollars but they were jobs nonetheless. Add to that list aspiring author. Now there’s a new priority that could force writing to the back burner.
Many artists and writers have ‘day jobs’ to pay the bills. We have to be intentional about leaving space to create. Do you have a plan to squeeze more margin for creativity out of your day?
Here’s my five step plan:
- Continue with my Write Anywhere venues – making a date to write in a different place makes me set that time aside for writing
- Simplify some of my daily chores – Being intentional about getting other things done so I don’t get overwhelmed and allow them to eat bigger chunks of time Example: load the dishwasher each night even if I don’t feel like it so the chore doesn’t multiply exponentially
- Use any break time I might have at the new job to indulge in mini-creative writing prompts to keep from getting rusty.
- Turn off the TV and let my brain percolate in the silence – downtime for your brain helps creativity
- Ask friends and family for help and understanding – Keeper Hubby is my biggest cheerleading and will help out with chores and shoo me off to write. That’s why he’s a keeper. 😉
That’s my plan. Do you need to make margin for your creativity? Check out these links for some great ideas:
- The Number One Habit of Highly Creative People from Zen Habits
- How Getting A Day Job Can Improve Your Writing by Michaela Tashijian
- Writing And The Mixed Blessing of a Day Job over at The Creative Penn
- How To Steal Back Time to Create What Matters from A Big Creative Yes
and some deep food for thought with A Minute of Margin