Stop Procrastinating... JUST DO IT!! (Part 2)
In my previous post, I talked about ways to help yourself out of a confidence crisis/creative block.
As promised, today I am focussing on what to do when life gets in the way and you are simply struggling to find the time to paint at all. If this is you, this happens to me ALL the time, so you are not alone!
'Time management' is an odd way of putting it really, because obviously it's not possible to turn back, freeze or slow down time... Time can not be managed! But, it can be either wasted, or used wisely.
Maybe you have to fit studio time around another job, raising kids, household chores and even blogging... And sometimes all of that stuff simply leaves you too cream crackered to paint at all! So, how do we find the time to paint when life keeps getting in the way? Well, it takes one thing and that's determination. If you want to paint badly enough, you will find the time somehow. But to make things easier, here are a few tips...
Some tips to try when life gets in the way...
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And some tips from other readers...
Meanwhile, avid sketcher Serena Lewis had this to say in the comments of my previous post, which focussed on the subject of creative blocks...
'Procrastination can really stunt creativity. I currently do three art challenges a week plus one challenge a month which helps keep me on task to do something creative each week. I try to sketch almost daily with a plan to have done 365 sketches by the end of 2017. So far, so good... I find the group challenges are very helpful in keeping the creativity alive.'
...I think that's great advice, because even when we don't have time to paint, we can always find time for a five minute sketch. And being held accountable to a group of some sort is a great way of spurring us on!
And my dear blogging friend John Simlett had this to say...
'My solution is to walk away from the block and focus on other subjects. After a while I get 'withdrawal symptoms' and race back to the now unblocked occupation.
Blocks, I feel, usually come from over-exposure to your subject which can tire the muse ... change is as good as a rest for the poor old overworked muse!!'
...This theory of 'over exposure' is a very good point. I know of at least two artists who became completely burnt out having taken part in a month long daily painting challenge. So much so, that they stopped painting altogether. Challenges are great, but only for as long as we are enjoying them.
Right, now it's time for me to take some of my own advice! But before I go, I ought to share another snippet of this (never ending) marble painting. Remember the marble I showed you at it's 'Skanky Teenage Stage?' Well here it is as it begins to emerge from the dark side...
...Quite a difference, but even at this point it still has a way to go!
Q. When do you find the time to paint?
(If you have any tips, please comment below. It's useful for everyone, including me!)
Week in a nutshell...
Wish List: 'What It Is' by Lynda Barry
Baking: Cappuccino Pavlova
Listening to: Kate Bush
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