One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with in having a jewelry business is finding the time to actually make jewelry. Sounds ironic, doesn’t it?
Between blogging (which, I will say, is a huge creative outlet), social media, learning skills to help my business grow and thrive, commitments to creative groups, checking e-mail, and everything else that goes on in a typical a day, a large chunk of my day some how gets gobbled up by the time monster.
And before I know it, the day is over and I have no time to make any jewelry, or I’m just too plain exhausted to do it.
Sometimes I find myself going weeks without making jewelry, and honestly, that just doesn’t feel right.
So of course my interest was immediately piqued when I received my weekly Wednesday Wisdom e-mail from April Bowles Olin of Blacksburg Belle a few weeks ago entitled “Make This One Change to Secure More Time to Create.” (Of course, I was so busy it took a day before I actually opened the e-mail!)
Spoiler alert: if you want to know what it is you need to do, watch the video before you read the rest of this post!
So what was that one thing April recommended?
Do something creative as soon as you wake up.
Whatever your outlet is, whether it be writing, painting, knitting, or making jewelry, spend time on it before you really get your day started.
Sounds simple enough, right? April challenged her readers to try it for a week. So I decided to take her up on her challenge (ok, so I couldn’t do the full week due to an early-morning flight to Chicago on Thursday for BlogHer) and spent the next five days making jewelry before I did anything else. That meant no e-mail, no blogging, no social media, nada until after I spent 30-60 minutes making jewelry. (Just the occasional bowl of cereal to sate my grumbling belly before I got started.)
And you know what? I was able to make so much jewelry in such a short period of time. I was even inspired to design the bracelet that I wore to BlogHer ’13! (Which can be found at the bottom of this post.)
By carving out even just a small chunk of time first thing every morning, I ensured that I didn’t let the minutia of running my business get in the way of finding time to make jewelry. I definitely intend to continue this challenge when I return to Boston, and I’m excited to see what comes of it.
What is your creative outlet? How do you make time for it?