“Pure creativity is magnificent expressly because it is the opposite of everything else in life that’s essential or inescapable… Pure creativity is something better than a necessity; it’s a gift. It’s the frosting…[and] arguably useless. All it does is make me want to play.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic 128)
Organize your time and energy so that you do not suffer from burn out and can stay brilliantly creative. To do this, develop strategies that allow you to alternate demanding work with enjoyable work, schedule breaks for yourself throughout the day, and plan a designated starting and finishing time to your creative work day. Allow yourself to work one small step at a time, returning to the process again and again, so that it can evolve and grow.
Manage Your Time
Would you like to feel as though you have more control and balance in your life? You can learn to manage your time skillfully by blocking out predictable and regular chunks in each day to work in your studio. If you prioritize this as an essential activity, it can be easier not to succumb to all the "shoulds" that we feel we must accomplish in a day, and you can create more efficiently, learn faster and have more time to play.
Do you feel like you are doing the same thing over and over again and are expecting different results? If you feel stuck, are unhappy or bored with your art or art business, try new creative techniques. For example, experiment with a different medium. You will be surprised at the new ideas that come pouring forth which you can apply to your "usual" medium. Research your competitors, and learn what they are doing that is giving them a competitive advantage. To learn how to examine and scrutinize others' ideas, without comparing yourself to them can inspire you to build upon your own unique creative expression.
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