If I hear one more time, "it must be nice to have so much time to do what you do..." I might just barf in a jar and hand it back to that person. That might sound rude, but so is implying that my time is so open to doing whatever I want... at all times. Of course, I can say I get to create as my job and profession, which is super cool, but there's an absolute disconnect from work and play. Both take time and balance, just like every other responsibility in our day to day lives. It's a matter of setting up your priorities. Only you know what is best for you.
I don't need to get into how busy my day is on a regular basis, because we all have lives filled with various responsibilities. Rather than complain about the time we think we don't have, we should brag more about how we've used it to our full advantage. I don't watch TV, I don't play games online, I don't talk to people who don't value me as a person, and I have started turning my phone off earlier and earlier in the evening; because it makes time for more time. The more I stop wasting time on the wrong things, the more I welcome time for the right things. It's gradual, with big results.
People love to waste time and complain about it later, like it wasn't their responsibility to use it for what it was. Look at how many of us go Christmas shopping at the very last minute, when yet, Christmas is talked about for at least 2 months before it arrives. We all procrastinate, and we all over think things before we begin them. If we can acknowledge our procrastination before it gets in the way of what we want and expect of ourselves, we might end up with some really positive results. I know, I know; it's far easier to pace than to face the challenges.
There are a variety of things that can waste our time, and I would say that anticipation stands in the way of proceeding with focus and confidence. Anticipation fixates on the entire process, rather than the small moments that lead to progress. When we don't enjoy the process, we exhaust the fun before it even begins. I tend to find that grownups are pros at ignoring the fun that comes with taking time to do things that matter. If laying down a layer of paint is a waste of time, you'll never see a finished painting. I often like to play with my paints before I figure out what I am actually painting, because it's enjoyable to jump in without solid plans or rules. This is why personal projects are essential to the creative process. Letting our minds explore naturally is where we discover the most about our thoughts.
I went two years without drawing, when I finished college, because I spent too much time on the wrong things. I was worried about what others thought of me, and I see that this is a common issue with people who want to get back into being creative. We make this weird assumption that someone is going to see what we're working on, and maybe even judge us for the ugly stuff. I did this, at least. I felt that if I wasn't making something 'useful' it wasn't worth the time and effort. Sad. Imagine if I still functioned that way. I'd be sitting with an empty canvas, still to this day. Turn off your imaginary audience, and you can make whatever you want! No one is there to judge you but yourself.
When I get stuck with my work, I waste a lot of time fixating on time. I think about how much more I have yet to do before I can say I'm done, or I think about the process without taking the time to enjoy it fully. When I ask someone about a hobby they love, and their response is something along the lines of, "but, it takes so long!" I like to ask why that's a problem. If it takes you 1 hour of every Sunday, for 3 Sundays, why is that a problem when it results in something that is special to you? Why does it have to be finished so quickly when you're setting your own deadlines?
With my everyday work, I often set timers for myself, for 45 minutes each. This helps me focus on that one thing for that time frame; so I don't get stuck on the other things I have yet to do. This has worked for me significantly. It also shows me how much time 45 minutes really is. Try it out and see what you think of it because, damn, I was shocked by how much I could get finished in 45 minutes. If you have a hobby you want to make more time for, set the clock for 5 minutes and work your way up. Soon enough, that hobby becomes a habit. Habits take time to create. Creating is a great habit to have.
Lastly, the biggest time waster, standing in our way of having fun, is comparison. Comparison is basically an asshole.. or whatever Teddy Roosevelt said. I firmly stand by this motto because if I could hand out more jars of barf to the people who won't join me creatively because they think I'll sit back and compare their skills to my own; I'd be empty. I absolutely loathe this comment, because it's only an excuse that is placed onto me; when it isn't even how I think! I encourage self expression, because that's what creativity is! We're all so different, and that's what makes us amazing. Comparison is only a cop out from facing our insecurities. If you want to draw as well as me, then put in the practice. If you just want to be able to draw, the way you naturally do, and enjoy it for what it is; then quit moping and do it. The only person putting you down is yourself. That's what comparison is. Stop making me look like a dick, when I'm the one encouraging the fun.
I realize I have a lot of stuff to write about, in regards to time wasting and creative energy building. Before I take more time to try to spill it all at once and then leave without posting, I'll end it here, by saying that if you love something enough, make the time.
Time to do something about it.