As business owners, it can be tricky to create time for our creative and visionary work. There are always fires to put out and a myriad of administrative tasks to keep up with everyday. This is especially true if you don’t have a large team.
However, even those with a team can get caught up in micro-managing and not devote the necessary attention to leading.
If you’re finding it a challenge to have consistent time to devote to creating new programs, events, and services, here are some tips to help you do just that:
1. Start Your Day Focused With A Clear Mind
Starting your day by checking your email or social media is not ideal. You’re more than likely going to have something to immediately respond to or worry about. And then next thing you know you’ve lost control of your day and you’re spending the rest of the morning and afternoon putting out fires.
Instead, find something that you love to do that will support you in clearing & quieting your mind, aligning with your values, and focusing on your vision, mission, and goals. It’s always good to take the time to remember who you are, why you’re doing what you’re doing, and what you can do today to get closer to accomplishing that goal. For me, I love to have prayer and yoga first thing in the morning, followed by a lovely meditation and affirmations.
2. First Things First
When I was little, I remember my mother would always wake up way before all of us to get started with her day. She would wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning! I used to think she was crazy for wanting to get up that early, but now I understand. She was getting up hours before us so she could have some quiet time to get things done for herself.
Now, I’m NOT suggesting you wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning. I still think that’s a bit ludicrous, I’m sooo not a morning person. LOL! But, I am suggesting that you get started with your creative work BEFORE you get started with everything else. For example, if you are a coach and you see clients and also need time to write your blogs…plan time for writing BEFORE you see your clients for the day.
Personally, I complete my creative writing even before I check my email for the day. After my yoga and meditation, I write. Well, after I make my tea! 🙂 I love to have a clear mind so I can be free to create without worrying in the back of my mind about how I’m going to respond to an email. It really helps the rest of my day flow a lot better because I know I’ve gotten the important work done first. (Well, important to me!)
3. Get Grounded
If you absolutely cannot get your creative work done first, then create a ritual that supports you in clearing your mind and getting grounded before you start your creative work. Because if you’re trying to be creative in the middle of the day and you’re feeling unfocused, tired, worried or anxious…you’re gonna have a hard time getting anything done.
How can you get grounded? This could be going for a walk, exercise, meditation, putting your bare feet on the ground, gardening, or deep breathing. Find something that helps you clear your energy, refresh your mind, and focus on your work.
4. Set Boundaries
Your creative time is sacred. Honor this time by setting boundaries with others. If you need a block of time to write, explain to those who may interrupt you what you’ll be doing and for how long and ask them to not contact you until afterward.
Turn your ringer off, turn off all notifications, close your door. If you’re really worried about not being available for an emergency, you can create an emergency protocol that works for you.
5. Create & Maintain Momentum
If you don’t use it, you lose it. It’s important to do something to be creative everyday. The more consistent you are, the easier it is to get in the flow. If you find that you have a busy day and cannot get away for a huge block of time, try just doing something for 15 minutes. Just 15 minutes a day is enough to maintain your momentum. It may not seem like a lot of time, but you can get a lot done!