It’s Day 24 of the Get Stuff Done 1 x 31 Challenge. Today’s mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create in the middle of things.
Most creative types yearn for great expanses of uninterrupted time when we can meet our muse in our well-stocked studio and produce the masterpiece that has been patiently waiting for the perfect moment to arrive.
The problem for most of us is that moment never arrives. We’ve got things to do, bills to pay, mouths to feed, puppies to play with, and daily demands that do not allow for sabbaticals, leave of absences, long weekends, or even a day off.
So what do we do? Abandon our creative aspirations?
We create right smack dab in the middle of it all.
Arrived early to your eye appointment? Start sketching. Have to wait for your kids to finish swimming lessons? Create an outline for your ebook. Dinner won’t be ready for 40 minutes? Dive into your drumming lessons or get out that guitar.
Life hardly ever offers up a perfect stretch of time for you to indefinitely do what you love. Even if it did, I suspect you’d be alphabetizing the canned goods or cleaning the bathroom before you’d face the blank screen or empty canvas.
Creating something out of nothing is terrifying. Resistance and profuse procrastination are part of the process.
You have to coax your creativity into action whenever you can. Then you’ll be able to call upon it at will and it will readily respond.
I love to write. It’s my raison d’être. But writing consistently for this many days in a row requires me to be incredibly disciplined, determined, and dedicated to my craft. Because of that, writing doesn’t disappoint and often delights me.
Most days I feel like I have invisible allies encouraging me to simply sit down and put pen to paper or stand at my treadmill desk and put my fingers to the keyboard.
That’s when the magic happens. That’s when the world starts to make sense. That’s when the ideas hanging out in my head find their way to you and, hopefully, spark something new in you.
Find 5-15 minutes today to do that thing that only you can do. Maybe it’s tell a certain story to your kids or grandkids. Maybe it’s making a meal that the whole family loves. Maybe it’s designing a badge on Canva like the one above so you have a way to show off your progress.
Whatever it is, create it when you might otherwise check out or default to Facebook or the TV or solitaire on your phone.
Right now, right in the middle of everything else you have going on, create something. And if you dare, I’d love for you to share it in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.