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6 Steps to reduce the creative overwhelm

Every morning you wake up with a gazillion ideas in your head, and throughout the day you get a bazillion more!

The problem?

Knowing which one to start with because all of them are so incredibly exciting and you just don’t know where to begin!

I get it.

There was a time I would start a project, just to get a new idea and not finish the first project and before I knew it, I had a lot of projects started but couldn’t get myself to finish them.

Idea Creation Paralysis!

Yep, it’s a thing.

It’s the overwhelming feeling of too many ideas, feeling too flustered and overwhelmed to get started because let’s be honest you already tried so many things before to finish said projects. And every now and again you were successful but it just wasn’t enough to keep going.

So here you are, having all those ideas you want to implement, put into action and have a finished or ongoing result.

Let’s not forget that you have a million other obligations that have to be done, like feeding your children. maintaining a balance for everyone getting attention and going to work.  And let’s not forget the spur of the moment activities you are doing because they feel like the right thing to do.

How in the heck will you find the time to create when you can’t even find a moment to breathe and have some alone time?

And it truly feels like there is NEVER enough time.

I am going to share with you 6 Steps to help you take consistent action, having the time to create.

Brainstorming

This is one of the most go to activities that can help you not only clear the clutter in your brain but help you visualize all those ideas that could turn into not only started projects but also finish them.

The key, once you have done the brainstorming, is to decide which one excites you the most!

Once the brainstorm is complete, do another one. This time includes the things that need to be done daily and weekly. And then another that helps you break down all those ideas into smaller steps!

Create a Schedule

One of the biggest struggles I have found for creatives is considering the notion a schedule will help them when they are wanting to be wild and free and just roll with the punches. But how is that working out?

Take a weekly schedule and create a rough draft. Start filling it in with the daily activities that have to get done such as meal times, school hours if you are homeschooling, work hours, doctor appointments, errands and all that jazz. But don’t just write work hours but the action you are taking, this will help you know what you are doing!

Once that is finished, add the things you want to do such as self-care times and creative times. Again, be specific in the action by looking at your action steps from the brainstorm.

Batch your work sessions

Sometimes there are activities for the week that you could get done in a 2-3-hour work session. For example, writing your blog posts can be done in one day for the week or even the month if you have a dedicated time for this activity. Look at your draft and see what other activities could be batched together.

This will allow you to see where you have more time than you initially thought, therefore giving you more creative time.

Morning Routine

What time does everyone wake up in your home? Decide to wake up 30-60 minutes before everyone so you can have some alone time, plan your day ahead (look at your schedule) and even some creative time.

There is something to be said to look at your schedule every evening. What project are you working on? Are you writing a book? Take that extra 30 or 60 minutes in the morning to work on that.

Now you know what to work on!

Refine the Schedule

Now that you have a rough draft, take a good look. How does it feel? Did you include a break after your working session?

Another tip to help you is to use a weekly schedule and track your activities to help you plan for the following week. This way you know what you are spending time on. Maybe you could cut out some TV time or social time to sit down and write that book or create that piece of art.

The refined schedule is what you are committing to for the week. To finish something or learn a new habit is with consistency.

Review what worked and what didn’t

To create a schedule as a creative, you will want to tune into what worked and what didn’t. This is where you can acknowledge the steps you are taking, the part you are still struggling with so you can make the changes that will work for you.

One of the biggest challenges, that I have found is that a schedule can feel too rigid. But something to remember, every week will not look the same. You can make tweaks as you go along.

What you are after is not only to start taking on your ideas but also finish them and a weekly schedule can help remind you but also support you with consistent action.

Extra Bonus Tip:

Keep a notebook with your goals so you can track your activity. Write the goal on top and the action steps below and every time you do one and finish one, cross it off or give it a check mark.

I have created printable to help you implement these 6 Steps!

 

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

How Setting Boundaries Creates Your Freedom

Does setting a schedule to feel ridiculous to you after venturing into the world of entrepreneurship?

I mean, after all, you started your business because you wanted to set your own schedule, right?

Do you feel like you are not getting anything done or are you spending so much time in your business or with your family that you are not finding time for yourself?

My boundaries overlapped for a long time, leaving me tired and drained from the energy to get anything done. I learned early on that having a schedule would be the only way that I could get anything done.

Every Sunday evening, I sit down and plan and review my week about the actions and activities in my business I will be focusing on but also on how I want to feel and how I will take care of my family and myself.

Rome was not built in one day, and neither will your business. Your family can’t run without you and you will do yourself no good if you don’t learn to recharge.

I got to bed at the same time every night, usually around 10 p.m. I get up at 6 a.m. every morning to get my day going (journaling, running, coffee drinking).

I have a massage once a month, get together with my friends on a regular basis, create art and anything else that makes me feel good.

I don’t work past a certain time, this way I am not feeling like I work 24 hours a day, alas creating my freedom within my own boundaries to success.

So, here are some things you can do to create boundaries around your business, family and for yourself:

  1. Plan your week, since my week begins Monday, I will do this Sunday evening
  2. Create a theme for the week
  3. Plan the days you will be writing, working on something new, client schedule
  4. Review each day the night before, it really helps you be prepared
  5. Set work hours, family time and personal time, don’t forget to include breaks & lunch
  6. Schedule in down time for yourself to recharge i.e. Spa day, movie night etc.
  7. Take days off – if you work 7 days a week, you will burn out!

I want to hear from you on how will create your freedom by setting boundaries!

 

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.

Schedule Everything!

Is the headline throwing you off guard? Are you thinking that scheduling everything is insane? Are you yelling at me saying that I am crazy and that you are too spontaneous to create a schedule?

And just how much are you getting done on your to-do list?

Have goals, but you are Not making progress?

Seriously, when I first heard about the notion that I need to schedule everything, I was like yeah right – I’m glad I don’t need to write all done.  I didn’t realize however just exactly how much was not getting done.

I will tell you that from my own personal experience even if you run off and go – parts of you will struggle to feel accomplished in some areas of your life.

Creating a schedule with a to-do list, calculating in some free time –  in most cases that is what we forget to add – will make all the difference in the world.

Frankly, if it’s not on your list – it will not get done!

It’s sometimes less about how much you are getting done and more about remembering what you need to do, including taking care of yourself.

Creating a schedule allows you to make sure you have time to run off on that road-trip!

Creating a schedule also means you are more productive.

Your subconscious will help you keep yourself accountable and of course will power 🙂

When making the day to day schedule, we often forget to include commuting time. I know it may seem too much, but until you are used to your schedule, you will continue to feel like your life is chaos in which you remember nothing!

Here’s a Sample of one day! And please note… not every day will look like this 🙂 When working with the school system there are snow days to account for and thus there wouldn’t be a commute – but I get to plan a lot of other fun and necessary things I may not get done for a bit.

6:15 – 7:00 Shower & Breakfast after
7:00 – 7:30 Commute to work
7:30 – 7:45 Prep for the day – make a to-do list
7:45 – 2:30 Work
2:30 – 3:00 Commute Home
3:00 – 3:30 Check in with kids, homework, email
3:30 – 5:00 Work on Blog Posts, Edit Book (again it will be on my to-do list)
5:00 – 6:00 Cook Dinner and Eat
6:00 – 10:00 Be creative i.e. knit or crochet
10:00 Bed Time

Creating a schedule teaches us what you can get done in one day! Time Management is insane since we can only so much in a 24-hour period – so be smart and be realistic about what you can get done in one day and relax a little!

Petra is a coach and mentor for creatives, rebels and dreamers who are ready to find the courage to forge their own path because life is too short to feed the fear.

She’s the founder of the Rebel Soul Connection, a community for creatives, rebels, and dreamers to take action with tools, resources, support, and accountability.