Well now that is not a sentence that is going to spark creativity.
Creativity does not happen on demand.
There is a process, especially if your creativity is blocked. If this is the case then a really great place to start is by taking a look at your priorities.
A priority is a short term goal that you want to accomplish in an allotted time period. A priority should be a good mix of the things that you want to do and the things that you should do.
It is unrealistic to think that your entire priority list need only be filled with your desires (such as be creative while writing my award winning book) as that is not the reality of life. The reality of life includes deadlines, appointments and other things that must be taken care. However, I also caution you against filling your list exclusively with what you should do as that will not motivate you and certainly wont allow you to be creative.
Your daily and weekly priority list must include the fun stuff, the stuff that fires you up… the stuff that allows you to step fully into your POWER…
So how will you find the time?
I often hear the concerns of “I just do not have the time!” and “There is not enough time in the day!” or “Who has the time?” as these are among people’s biggest concerns. These concerns are valid but the truth of the matter is that you more than likely do have the time.
The problem is usually how we are spending the time.
Our time is allotted for the wrong thing, the priority is skewed or we just think that tasks will take less time than they actually do. This means that we must assess our time allowance, expenditure and debt.
Write out your daily schedule and your weekly schedule as you perceive it.
Live the day and the week. While doing so write out what you are doing and the amount of time it is taking.
Compare the two lists. Is anything popping out at you? Is there some area that your time was off? Is there an activity that you thought would take ten minutes and it took 30? This is important to take note of because it will allow you to plan a realistic schedule for the future.
Now think about how satisfied you are with how you spend your precious time… and it is precious!
What are the most important things in your life? Who are the most important people?
Your number one priority should be you…
We have such a hard time seeing that this needs to be the case. We feel selfish and as if so many other people need to come first. A prime example of this is the fact that most parents feel that their children must come first but I encourage you to rethink this. If you do not take care of yourself, that is your physical, nutritional and mental state of being, then what do you actually have to give to your kids? Nothing!
If you take care of yourself then you are honoring yourself and your family. Please do honor yourself…you are important!
Set your priorities so that you are NUMBER ONE and then consider the following questions.
1. What is the most important thing (you are the most important person) in my life right now?
2. Where would I want to spend more time?
3. Where would I want to spend less time?
4. What areas need my attention now (school, health, relationship, business)?
Write down your activities in the order that feels most important to you.
This is your new list of priorities.
Please email me at email@example.com if you need help setting your priorities.
Elise Cohen Ho
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