Day after day you tell yourself the same thing:
Today I will make time for jewelry making.
But after a day filled with shuffling your children from soccer practice to piano lessons to the grocery store, a to-do list that stretches out to the next city, and five piles of laundry waiting to be folded, you’re lucky if you have five minutes to read from your latest issue of Oprah Magazine, let alone pull out those beads that have been collecting dust since 2012.
WELL, MY FRIENDS, today REALLY IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT.
Today is the day you are going to pull out your pliers. Today you are going to make time for some jewelry making.
Stop waiting for when you have more time
If you keep saying One day or When I have more time and making excuses it’s likely never going to happen. Only you can make time for the things that make you happy, so no more excuses, my friend!
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Sign up for a class
One of the greatest motivators to get me to do something is pay for it. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money, even a few dollars can be enough of a kick in the pants to take action because otherwise, you’re just wasting your own money!
Check out your local offerings or sign up for an online class. There are a plethora of classes you can take without even leaving your home. (Seriously, what’s better than doing something creative in your pajamas?)
Here are five class ideas if you are looking for inspiration. (For your convenience, these are affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure policy here.)
- How to make a found necklace
- Wire wrapping
- Turkish flat weave bracelet
- Fabric circles necklace
- Ear wire basics
Find an accountability partner
You know that saying “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” If no one knows you are making time for your creative interests, is it really going to happen?
Tell someone — your mom, your best friend, a Facebook buddy — your plan so that it’s out there in the world. Even better if they’re taking action as well. Check in with each other and make sure that you’re both following through with your plan.
Join a creative challenge
Having someone to tell you what to do or a place where you can publicly post what you’re working on can be a great way to find the motivation you need to get started. You can find all types of creative challenges online, such as the 365Project or even Jewelry Challenges.
Don’t just wait for inspiration to hit, set a date with yourself and put it your calendar. Let your family members know that you have a date night with your jewelry making supplies.
Don’t just schedule it for this month, but do it monthly, weekly, daily, whatever suits you (even if it’s just five minutes a day as part of your morning routine). Set up a recurring event on your calendar or if you are a pen-and-paper kind of gal write it down in your calendar right now, and stick to it!
(While you’re at it, also add to your calendar when you and our accountability partner are going to check in with each other.)
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Write it down
When we have ideas floating around in our head, that’s all they remain to be. Ideas.
However, when you put them on paper, they are more real, more tangible. If you are making it a goal to make time for jewelry making this year, you have to write it down.
Download this FREE goal setting worksheet to get you started on working toward your creativity goals. (You can click to download it.)
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How do you make time for jewelry making?