If you’re like me, there’s something you do that’s amazing. Awesome. Unique. Different. It’s your particular gift and whether it’s a profession or a hobby you feel all lit up inside when you’re immersed in its flow. For me, it’s weaving brilliant pieces of jewelry out of seemingly unconnected components. The thrill of discovery and creating something from nothing has kept me fired up since I was a small child. We all have something that sucks us in! So why don’t we do it more?
The short answer: Daily life.
The longer answer: We don’t create pockets of time to allow ourselves the luxury of full immersion. (I’m not going to get angry and talk heatedly about why this is a luxury in our society, that’s an entirely different blog post.) We prioritize the tasks that keep our lives running smooth on the rails; and who’s to say we shouldn’t? It’s important to pay your bills, pick up the dry cleaning, get to that recital on time.
But when these tasks of Doing dominate our schedule, they start to run our lives. Without that equal balance of Being - in whatever form it takes - it’s easy to fall into the trap of GO GO GO and MORE MORE MORE.
I looked at my calendar and running task list today, to see what I prioritize. I schedule important bill payments. Phone calls. Online classes I’m taking. Working out. Customer orders. Social events. All good things, and all things that fuel my overall creative life! But guess what’s not there?
Play time. Studio time. Sit-down-and-make-things-for-the-sheer-joy-of-it time. The action that gives birth to the entirety of my business is not a priority, at least not in my own organizational system.
Boo on that! Time to make a change.
I used to schedule my entire day in 15 minute blocks (including down time, I know, don’t ask) and I stopped doing that because it wasn’t healthy. Flexibility and spontaneity are delicious - and necessary. When I think about scheduling in pure experimental creative Studio time, I feel resistance inside myself: “You can’t schedule pure creativity! It comes when it will! Just go with the flow!”
Ah, but I’m not scheduling the creativity itself. I’m scheduling the time in which the creativity has a safe space to emerge. If I spend an hour in my studio and have nothing to show for it, then it was an hour or two well spent in an energetically uplifting space! And if I emerge with a new necklace, or ideas for earrings, or having learned a new knotting technique… well that time is more than well spent. It’s immeasurable in its value.
Starting today, I’m going to make Open Studio time a priority in my weekly planning. I look forward to seeing what will emerge from giving myself permission!