Inspiration - Finding Time for Creativity in the New Year

Dec 28, 2021 at 01:45 am by nickcharles

Looking forward to the new year, I find myself looking back over what I've done during 2021 and asking the usual questions. I'm sure many are doing the same at this very moment. Have I made the best I could of this year? Have I achieved all I set out to do? More often than not, the answers aren't preferrable, or even close. 

For most, each new year starts out with fresh ideas or even rejuvenated goals of years past. And the feeling, or hope for a better year shines bright once again at this time. It is, indeed, a good thing...a good feeling. But, alas comes the problem of time itself. Where can I find the time to really accomplish those things in the new year?

There are traditional methods of time management which do work very well, but focus and determination is key to success. For example, time blocking is a great tool, in which a day is organized into blocks of time to keep things in their own tidy place, and limit overlap. However, it's still far too easy to get off track, or distracted, if trying to block time. And life is not keen on allowing such a rigid schedule. But, this is still okay, for the most part. If determination is there, time blocking can continue after life throws it's occasional curve ball.

Time blocking, for me, has worked fairly well, in tandem with journaling. First of all, I have looked at time blocking as if I'm enrolled in night school. After a shift at my day job, I have dinner and time to unwind a bit, then look at a block of time in the evening as being at school (I'm paying for the class, so I'm not going to shirk the time). Of course, there are evenings I'm just too tired from a long day, or something else comes up. Again, this is fine. Don't despair.

Determination to pick it up the next day is completely okay, unless, of course, working on a deadline. I realize that not everyone I'm speaking to here is working solely for themselves, and, as in paid work, scheduling is expectedly more rigid. But, if working to better one's self, or working a side gig with flexible time, fluidity is okay. Bending, as allowable, is fine.

Journaling is my second point in this article. And this is a great way to keep on task. For me, I write all day, whether I like it or not. I have sticky notes all over my desk at my day keep me on task, and not forget anything. But, I also have a journal I keep with me at all times. Any ideas, plans, and inspirations go in the journal. Journaling has become huge in recent years, and rightly so. Thoughts and ideas are fleeting. And though my journals look a mess, I use part of my blocked evening hours to sort and pick what I need from my jumbled words.

Enter the second journal I keep. This is the one I keep at home and use to organize my daily meanderings into a more cohesive form. I use the first part of my blocked time for organizing, and then proceed on to whatever tasks I have scheduled in that time, and many times using new ideas jotted down in my journals to my advantage. And, so far, both the blocked time and journaling has worked best for me. But, there is always room for improvement.

Over the last 2 years, I did make great strides to find time for creative projects and interests. But, I still fell quite short of what I imagined at the beginning of each year. So, here I go once again over the threshold of another new year full of hope and good feelings, ready to embrace new territory and more creativity. And, perhaps, I'll get closer this year to what I want to accomplish. What will you do in the new year? Has this article helped you at all? Please let me know in comments how you are planning for the new year.

If this article interested you, be sure to check out the rest of my Inspiration series:

And, be sure to also check out related inspiration articles from fellow Renderosity Magazine writers Barbara Din: "Embrace Your Uniqueness" and Sergio Rosa: "Dealing With Artist's BlocK".

Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles

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