As a creative entrepreneur do you ever feel like there isn’t enough time to create?
My clients tell me things like, “Since I started my jewelry business, I never have time to make jewelry” or “If I get 30 minutes of painting in a day, it’s a good day.”
I get it. Writing blog posts, emailing your list, updating Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, responding to emails, washing your laundry, doing the dishes, walking your dog, taking care of your kids (and everything else you have to do) takes up a lot of time.
I’ve fallen into the ‘I don’t have time for it’ trap way too many times.
Because I’ve been focused on my individual consulting clients for the past two and half months, I’ve told myself that I don’t have time for my watercolors. And, while I am spending a lot of time on individual consulting clients, if watercolor is a priority to me, I’ll make the time, right?
That’s what I’m doing with my 30 Days of Geometric Watercolor Patterns challenge. For 30 days, I’ll paint and share one geometric watercolor pattern on Instagram each day.
Why You Should Start a 30-Day Challenge
If you’ve been meaning to make something a priority, you should join me by creating your own 30-day challenge.
Everybody has excuses, but if you really want to make time for something, you’ll find a way.
I love painting with my watercolors. It calms me and makes me happier than most anything (except for reading young adult novels and spending ‘alone time’ with my man). But, I’ve made excuse after excuse on why I can’t make time for it right now. And, that’s crap.
Is there something that you’ve wanted to spend more time on? Well, give yourself a no-excuses challenge so you stop coming up with reasons why you can’t do it today and ‘you’ll make time later.’
Why 30 Days?
When I decided that I needed to make watercolor a priority, I knew I needed a way to keep myself accountable for a specific length of time.
And, we can all do something for 30 days. It feels doable yet challenging.
At the end of the 30 days, I’m going to reassess. I’ll probably keep going, but by then it’ll be much easier, because over those thirty days I’m building a habit of painting each day.
Get Others to Hold You Accountable
Many of us struggle with willpower. You have a tough day–your kid vomited on your backseat, your mom told you that your new haircut is ‘interesting’ with a sneer on her face, a client asked for a refund and you had to edit and publish your weekly blog post. So, you tell yourself that instead of knitting for 30 minutes, you’ll give yourself a day off, have a glass of Pinot Noir and watch a Gilmore Girls rerun.
There’s nothing wrong with a little Gilmore Girls, but if you want to build a habit over 30 days and stick to it, you’ll be less likely to skip a day if you tell others about your challenge.
The main reason I’m sharing one pattern a day on Instagram is because I know that I won’t miss a day.
Once I tell people that I’m doing something, it takes a hurricane, 103 degree fever and no access to internet to keep me from doing it. That’s my stubborn personality, but I know that it works for me.