I think the hardest thing in creating something – be it a webcomic, a graphic novel, a film, or a beautifully made book with your best recipes (I’m serious with that) – is finding the time to actually do it.
Having a fulltime job, a loving family, the need to sleep (I’m working on reducing that) just takes time and most of us don’t have a lot of spare time to write the next award winning book or build the world’s largest Lego castle – even if they had the talent needed for doing so.
But I would not take that as an excuse for not doing what you really want to do.
I’ve read a lot of time management books which give a lot of clever tips of how to make the best out of your time. Like:
“Doubling your time“, which means doing two things at the same time, like: Sitting in the car while you are waiting for the kids to come out of school and writing your first novel within these 5 minutes. Or talking with a client on the telephone while you are reading the emails from another client at the same time.
I don’t think that “doubling your time” works for everything. It is ok if you read a book while you are waiting for someone, but I don’t think that you can work on a big project that way.
I think that if you want to have the time to create something, at the end it comes down to two things:
- Choosing a project you can do realistically given your resources. Don’t write a 500 pages novel if you know that you got 15 minutes left per week only. The chances are high that you will end up being frustrated. Start with a shorter novel instead. Finish it and write another novel.
- Deciding to do something is always deciding not to do another thing. Choose the project you want to do the most and take the conscious decision not to do all the other little things you’d like to do.
How do you find the time to work on your projects? Leave a comment below 🙂