I have been having this debate with myself lately. For quite a while actually. I love being creative and making art and working in my art journals and doing ATCs and painting and all of that fun stuff. I love experimenting and practicing with products and such. I also love my Blue Twig Studio business and working on the website and organizing classes and doing shows and finding new products. I love coming to the new store every day and talking with customers. However I seem to have trouble really doing both.
Do you have trouble really doing a good job with two (or more) really important things in your life? I want to really commit the time and effort and focus to both areas, but seem to struggle with how to really accomplish that. I have cut out a lot of other things (housework is really overrated anyway :)) so I can devote more time to my business. After all, it is a new business that is growing and it requires a lot of time and effort to support it. And I love my business!
But I find myself wishing that I could really spend a lot more time playing and creating. Much more time than I am doing now. So what does that mean? Should I focus my time more on the artistic side for awhile? Should I really even be considering it? Am I only feeling like I am neglecting that side of me because I have been so busy focusing on getting the storefront up and running?
I know that lots of creative people find themselves in the same boat. I sometimes start thinking of ideas that I want to do and can’t find enough time to follow through on them. I’ve tried the working in small bits of time (whatever time I can squeeze in here and there) to see if that helps, but that isn’t really good for truly creative work. At least not for me. I do know people who can take 10 minutes or 20 minutes or whatever they have and really use the time and focus on their art. Not me, I need more time to really be able to access my creative brain.
So I debate myself about how much time I really am able to devote to working in the studio and how much time I need to devote to the business side of it all. And how can I streamline it better?
Because I know that I have the same amount of time in each day as everyone else. I also know that there are ways to be more organized with my time and my energy, which is something I am constantly working on and very much aware of. And I am always debating with myself about the amount of time I am devoting to creativity and to business (and yes I know my business is about creativity but it isn’t really the same thing as being creative).
As you know, making art is something that a lot of us HAVE to do and when I’m not able to do it, I start to struggle. I do try to do little things that will feed my artistic needs but spending large chunks of time in the studio is really the best medicine, and that time is hard to come by.
For now, I know I have to walk that thin line of balance between working on my art and working on my business, and my business is winning the debate these days. How about you? How do you find time to be creative without sacrificing time on your business, your family, your health, etc?
Let Your Inner Artist Out To Play
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