How to Find Time for Being Creative

Many of my executive, career and life coaching clients get frustrated when they can’t seem to fit everything they want to do, into their week.
Sound like you?
Read on for one easy way to figure out two things; How you are currently spending your time and planning how you’d like it to be different.

One of the biggest hindrances to good time management is that we often see it as one big mass of time that needs to be conquered. But if you chunk off the week into manageable parts, lo and behold, it’s a lot easier to get what you are after. And if you are anything like most of the clients I coach, what you are after is a bit more free time for your creative pursuits.

Here’s a list I often give to my coaching clients. It helps them become more conscious of how they spend their time currently and what they might want to change. It takes just a few minutes but it can become pretty obvious how you spend your time currently. If you are happy with it, great. If not, you’ve got a starting place for change. Feel free to add or customize the list of activities, so it fits your real life.

Make your own list down the left hand side of a page, and write the days of the week across the top. Just remember- there are only 24 hours in each day, so it’s pretty hard to cheat on this one!

Activity

Sleep
Meal Prep
Meals
Food Shopping
Work
Travel to Work
Driving kids to lessons
Reading
TV
Exercise
Family Time
Volunteering
Time with Friends
House Work
Creative Projects
Other?

Total Hours 168

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One Response to How to Find Time for Being Creative

  1. Antje says:

    Great blog topic, Wendy. Creative and play time for adults is more important than we think. Turns out it isn’t frivolous but just as important as physical activity. Maybe if we can think of it as necessary it will be easier to give ourselves permission to pursue it (too often we think that if we enjoy something it doesn’t belong on our to-do list). I just read an article about a neuro-psychiatrist who prescribes chess to every one of his patients. Then he gives them a choice of artistic pursuits that combine brain and hand motion, pottery and embroidery being high on his list. I think there are a whole lot more men doing needlework now as therapy. And why not?!

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