Your thing told me to tell you something. It misses you.
It is the thing you want to do, the thing you’ve been meaning to do, that you love to do, that you miss. It is the tiny puzzle piece that gets lost between the couch cushions-essential, but so easily buried away. You do bury it away, and before you realize, you’ve forgotten all about it. All that’s left is that tiny nagging feeling that your life is missing something-somehow, you’ve lost a puzzle piece and also forgotten what it even looked like to begin with.
Humans love to create. Whether you make visual art, or a blog, or organized spreadsheets, or even if your focus is simply to make money, creation gives us a sense of fulfillment and meaning. Your individual happiness relies heavily on your ability to prioritize and give yourself time to create. So let’s help you make your thing. Here are three steps to finding time for your artistic passion and happiness.
1) Prioritize your Passion
Understand that your wellbeing and health are largely affected by your happiness! The word passion itself implies strong feelings and intense emotion. If creating affects you so strongly, it most likely has a direct effect on your mental health. Look for larger chunks of time already free in your schedule. Assign those times as “work hours” for your artistic passion-perhaps instead of a Friends marathon or social media hour.
Recognize that while creating art instead of finishing other necessary work (for your 9-5, or for an academic course) is not acceptable, this does not mean that you should not allow time for your art. Your need to create is just as valid a need for your happiness as your job is for making your rent, or as completing essays is for receiving good grades and a degree. This leads to…
2) Balance and Rebalance your Time
Your passion is important! But so are your necessities. One day, your passion may turn into your career, but if you’re struggling to find time for it, it is not yet time to quit your 9-5. Fit your creating time into your free spaces and be sure to stick to your schedule. Don’t let your work suffer due to your art, or else you may come to hate it. We don’t want you to become a starving artist-we want you to be a well-balanced, fulfilled, artistic individual. Recognize when you need to create more, and when you need to back off and focus more on your 9-5.
3) Ask the question.
Eventually, you need to ask yourself the question. How passionate am I about my art? How passionate am I about my job/career? Is my artistic passion a hobby or a career goal? It’s important to consider how much time spent on your passion will truly make you happiest. If it’s something that you’d rather be doing all day, every day, then make it a career goal! Strive to reach a level of sustainability with your art, and you’ll be happier in working towards it-even before you make it there.
You found it once-that’s why you’re here. It is important to you, and fundamental enough to your happiness for you to want to incorporate it more concretely into your schedule. You know it makes you happy, so feel proud about your artistic passion and make yourself responsible for keeping it in your life. Need help staying inspired? Be sure to check out our tips for Healthily Using Self Comparison to Get Inspired. I wish you the best of luck in all your artistic endeavors!
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