3 Ways to Always Have Time For Your Creative Passions

Having something you are passionate about is a beautiful thing. You might be in a position where you often dream of the day you can spend countless hours just working on what you love. As much as this would be the ideal situation, most of us have to work full-time.

Working full-time can often lead to being too tired and burnt out to find time for your passions. We’ve all been there before. You go to work, come home, eat, relax and go to bed. For some people, this dailyΒ routineΒ may work, but for creatives, coming home from your 9-to-5 and not doing anything to advance our passions will lead to us feeling uninspired, becoming lazy and comfortable with where we are.

It is important for us to find that balance between working and creating the life we want for ourselves. It’s easy to be upset with the fact that you have to go to work everyday, but what makes us more efficient is thinking positively and knowing what you have to do to get everything done.

Here are three things you should be doing to find that balance between your 9-to-5 and your passions.

Prioritize

This is SUPER important only because it puts your life in perspective so you can easily achieve everything that needs to be done. One of the best ways to prioritize is to plan, plan and plan. We already know work is a priority because that is set in stone. Everyday, you know that you have to go in, get your work done and leave. Please do not make a habit of bringing your work home. Prioritize your day to where everything is done by the time you clock out.

When we leave work, that’s when we have to prepare to put in extra time for ourselves. This is the time you spend developing, brainstorming and creating.

Plan As Far in Advance As Possible

Remember when I mentioned planning is key? Well it is! By planning as far in advance as possible, you are setting yourself up for success. Having an outline of what has to get done really makes things possible to actually get accomplished. It also creates time for you to do other things.

The best way to plan in advance is scheduling reminders, writing things down in a planner and blocking off time for important things.

Maximize Your Free Time

As creatives, we MUST make the weekends our “grind time.” I know things can come up and you may want to go out and have fun, but if you are truly passionate about furthering your creative career, you have to take time to make Friday, Saturday and Sunday your best friends.

What are some things you do to create a work and life balance?

 

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    • I’m glad you found this helpful, Chloe! I understand completely. It’s all about prioritizing and really scheduling your day.

  • Good post! I absolutely have to plan in advance. Being in grad school full time I used the excuse of studying as to why I didn’t have time for anthing …if I plan ahead I can do it all! Thanks for this advice!

    • Thank you, Cindy! And you’re absolutely right, hard work pays off. It also adds some excitement to your day knowing you can come home from work and do what you love!