Things have been pretty darn crazy around here! I feel like I haven’t had a weekend in a couple weeks, and this coming weekend is more craziness. It’s all been fun with dear friends, but for an introvert like myself, I NEED some quiet down time where I don’t have to interact with people in order to recharge. *dramatic sigh* I’ll get some of that eventually.
Whenever I’m this busy, usually the first thing that falls to the wayside is work on my creative projects. I stop writing, I stop drawing, I stop reading, all because I don’t feel that I have enough time to accomplish anything. What I really want is a solid block of a few hours or more to really get some work done. Alas, life doesn’t always work that way – so what can I do when I don’t have the luxury of hours of spare time?
“A little goes a long way”, said by somebody at some point, probably.
I need to get better at shifting my perspective. Instead of bemoaning what I could do with three or four hours to myself, I need to look at the small blocks of time I do have. What can I do in fifteen minutes? In thirty minutes? I need to test myself and see what I’m really capable of. I can take fifteen minutes to read over something I’ve read and have it rolling around in my head while I’m doing other things. I can jot down ideas I have in my phone or in a notebook. I can draw a satisfying character sketch in thirty minutes, and maybe even do a first pass of inks on it. I can play with characters’ expressions or browse the internet for character costume inspiration.
These little things may not seem like much, but they build up over time and they keep me engaged in my projects. Reviewing things I’ve written makes it easier to edit them later because I’ve had time to really think about them. Jotting down ideas makes it easier to form outlines or to flesh out characters. Sketching and looking up reference makes it easier to draw later on. If I just put things off until I have what I deem an adequate amount of time, my projects aren’t on my mind. When a big block of free time comes along, I’m more likely to spend that time watching YouTube or playing video games because I’ve lost my direction and forgotten what my next steps in the project process are.
My goal for the next couple busy weeks (and the holiday season too, to be honest) is to do my best to utilize my time well. It’s important for me to take time to refresh myself and regain my energy, usually by reading, YouTubing, or playing video games, but I also need to be more aware of how I’m using my time and how I could use it more efficiently.
Thanks for reading!