Ever feel like there just are not enough hours in a day? I sure do. No matter how much I want to make finding half an hour – not to mention a weekend – to paint, write to friends or even just do one of the million little projects I love to plan (sometimes even start, but hardly ever finish), somehow by the time I finally carve out that free half hour, I would rather just take a nap.
|find your own sacred little space
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- set the bar lower – maybe instead of starting a big project, just commit to doodling for ten minutes and see where it takes you. Find a set time each day and commit to a very short time that is yours to use as you want. For some the morning is best, others prefer night time. You can use this time to write a short letter, sketch an idea in your journal or even just play with colors without a set goal in time. Or meditate.
- make it a pleasant ritual – light a candle or an essential oil diffuser, make a cup of tea or pour a glass of port, put on a great peace of music if that helps you – this is your special time, so live it up.
- if you have the space, create a little nook in your home where you can leave things until the next day. Ideally a favorite spot with great light or a nice view, few distractions and that won’t be used for other things. It doesn’t need to be a studio – even a little section of a table will do. I have created a pinterest board with some ideas to get you inspired to create your own sacred little corner for creative immersion. Remember not to make this a project in itself! 🙂
- this one may in fact be the most important of all; slow down, become aware of stress and practice presence in your daily life. I often get stressed when I realize how much I have to do and how overwhelming it can seem to get it all done. One of my favorite sites that has helped me in so many different areas is zenhabits.net.