Monday, April 13, 2020

Finding Time for Your Creative Passion


Post and YouTube Video by Rain San Martin. *Photo by Sage San Martin. 

We all have 24 hours in a day, yet circumstances or life choices can drastically effect how our time is allocated. While I currently am a full-time homemaker with a part-time creative business as a blogger, YouTube creator, and composer, I have years of experience working outside of the home in full-time positions while keeping my creative passion alive.

Instead of watching TV or hanging out frequently,  I would put my attention to my creative pursuit at hand. As in the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, I gradually composed albums and made progress on my work as a YouTube creator and writer.  From my perspective, creating a life of simplicity, daily joys, and a special purpose has given me the most peace and fulfillment in the long-term.

Make daily progress on your creative goals.

Regardless of your circumstance in life, making some kind of daily progress on your passion will lead you toward success. Jairek Robbins, Human Performance Coach (son of motivational speaker Anthony Robbins) observed that the biggest impact a person can make in business life is to focus on the work at hand for chunks of time. Work on your creative goals for a minimum of 30 minutes per day. You may spend more time on your day off.  The hardest part is starting. Pick a time each day. I myself write best in the morning.

Write out your key goals.  

"A goal is a dream with a deadline." (-Napoleon Hill)  Before writing out your actionable goals however you'll want to create a vision for your life. Think of your life purpose (which may involve a few things). Make sure your vision is in balance with your home-life, taking your family into consideration. Once you know what your life goals are, you'll want to break these down into doable tasks. Set weekly, monthly, and annual deadlines. Yet adjust or eliminate them if you feel rushed. Study your craft. Read books on personal development.

Eliminate time wasters.  

If you do not passionately guard your time other will dictate it for you. Set clear boundaries. Avoid excess screen time. Limit or delete social media sites. Do not cut sleep. As fatigue negatively impacts health, fitness, cognition, productivity and happiness. Create a reasonable time limit. Parkinson's Law warns that "work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion".

Manage home life effectively.

Regularly work toward making progress on your homemaking tasks. Good enough is enough. Enjoy the process of making a haven. Have intentional family time. If you are a wife, consider the practical benefits of being a full-time homemaker (your husbands help-mate), while pursuing your creative passion part-time. Explore the simplicity of Minimalism. Keep your schedule light.

You may view my video here.

Have a great week!

Rain

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