Not so long ago, I was asked how I make time for art with everything else going on in my life. There’s work (four days per week), studying for my Masters degree and of course the day to day commitments such as trying to stay fit, maintain relationships, chores, mucking around with my crazy and energetic kelpie and being a good partner to my husband, who also happens to be studying.
I suppose sometimes it might have been easier had I chosen a straightforward vocation with a set career path, but like it or not, I’m hooked now I can’t do without the art - at the risk of trotting out a tired cliche, it chose me. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a Doctor, a Lawyer or something with a very clear set of steps to success, I wanted to be the next Walt Disney! There’s nothing like making life as hard as possible for oneself, but the heart wants what the heart wants.
People say to me ‘I couldn’t do it’ in reference to the late nights, the lack of weekends (it’s the only time I get to spend a solid amount of time in the studio) and the ‘second shift’ of coming home from work just to jump right into working on my thesis. I say it depends on your idea of fun; when you love to study and to make art it doesn’t feel like a chore, it is something that I look forward to and can’t wait to do every day.
Here are a few simple ways that I find time:
Having said all of this, these tips are all useful tools that keep me on top of my life but at the end of the day you make time for the things you love. No list or fancy CRM is going to make you work if you don’t love what you do. Finding that thing you can't live without is a whole other story..