Daily Inspiration: Austin Kleon on ‘Finding the Time’
"Don’t say you don’t have enough time. We’re all busy, but we all get 24 hours a day. People often ask me, 'How do you find the time?' And I answer, 'I look for it.' You find time the same place you find spare change: in the nooks and crannies. You find it in the cracks between the big stuff -- your commute, your lunch break, the few hours after your kids go to bed. You might have to miss an episode of your favorite TV show, you might have to miss an hour of sleep, but you can find the time if you look for it."
Finding the time to create is one of the most difficult challenges for an artist. We all have day jobs, families, hobbies, friends, and other life requirements that seemingly take up every available second of every day. But, there is a way to find just a bit of time that you can apply to your art. You simply have to look into the crevices of the day. Lunch breaks, early mornings, late nights, where ever.
Time is there. It may be small. But it’s there.
Now Austin Kleon’s advice from his new book “Show Your Work” may seem overly simplified, especially considering the busy lives many of us have, but I think there’s some very worthwhile truth in it, and for me, it’s done wonders for my creative life.
What do you think? Is there a place where you can look for more time to create?