Be Creative

Be CreativeBe Creative.

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.

Step One:

Write out your daily schedule and your weekly schedule as you perceive it.

Step Two:

Live the day and the week. While doing so write out what you are doing and the amount of time it is taking.

Step Three:

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 if you need help setting your priorities.

Elise Cohen Ho

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37 comments on “Be Creative
  1. Hi Elise,

    What a great article. You are absolutely right. If we do not take care of ourselves, how can we be good and do good for our families.

    I have to work on my list. Thank you and have a great day.
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  2. Dexter Roona says:

    Great article the daily and weekly schedule MUST include some fun that’s a rule that should never be broken
    regards Dexter
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    • Sonia says:

      What tools do you use for your schedules Dexter?

      I used to be so awesome at planning schedules for my J.O.B yet seem lost as to where to start for my own life!
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      • Sonia, what is the main obstacle that is holding you back?
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        • Sonia says:

          Hi Elise,
          My main obstacles are unfortunately those I live with! I am on call all of the time to run my daughters around to work or shops . My hubby has been off work and dependent on me since 10th June.
          I have two jobs and these I plan around but no sooner do I schedule writing, meeting, reading time it gets interrupted and put on back burner.
          Sorry, I didn’t mean to vent and I know it is only a temporary situation but it’s so frustrating.
          How do you all cope? Family. Work. Life. Balance?
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          • I hear ya, Sonia!

            I had 7 children in 16 years, and homeschooled them all. Interruptions were the norm rather than the exception. Now I have only 3 at home, and the older two are away in the city half the time, but I’m still homeschooling the youngest. I don’t know if it’s just habit or what, but I’m still in that ready-to-drop-it, do-I-dare-start-that-right-now mode. Our life is quiet but unpredictable, and I haven’t discovered how to carve out a routine yet. The closest I’ve come is to have a core list of do-no-matter-what stuff, and a secondary list of do-whenever-possible stuff, and don’t beat myself up if I don’t get it all done.
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    • Yes, Dexter, having fun time leads directly into nourishing your spirit.
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  3. Elise,

    These are valuable suggestions for someone who has not already been evaluating their life and activities. I create my lists so often and then I adjust them over and over. But always, there is some life task that manages to take away several hours.

    One such task was moving to a new location and everything, all the details, involved before, during and after. Another big task is getting a new car since my 3 years lease is ending in 1 month. So I need to stop at a dealerships, test drive the car, and then negotiate prices – and then wait until they have an incentive. I have looked at several cars now and narrowed it down to a few. But that time has taken away from writing the new ebook I want to write for my new web site and MarketingOurPractices Facebook group.

    So I have learned to not put pressure on myself. I set my goals, attempt to complete the tasks, and just keep revising my lists. Lo and behold, a few months later the goals are reached – but by then I already have several new goals and projects on the horizon.


    Dr. Erica
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  4. Great article, like the have the “fun” stuff so you can step into your power. Your articles are always great, Thanks for sharing Andy

  5. Sonia says:

    I really enjoy your articles Elise and this one especially had me thinking …..thinking that I never take the time to make a list. Time is always running away from me. Time is always demanded of me. I feel out of breath just thinking about all that I want to accomplish.

    I used to be a list writer. I stopped as it took me so long to write the list it impacted the time I had to spend on the things I wanted to do!

    I do take time to do fun stuff though so I get that right.

    Any suggestions as to the best time to write a list or schedule?
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    • Hi.

      I am quite certain that you get many things right including the fun stuff, not just the fun stuff. 🙂

      I find that the best time to write a list is different for everyone.

      I like to review my list in the evening and then create one for the following day at the same time. For me, this allows me to release whatever was not accomplished, move it to my priority list and enjoy the rest of the night.

      I also know many people who finish their day, put their list away and then do not look at it again until the next morning. In this case the list is reassessed first thing in the morning before getting the day started.

      Can you see yourself using these options?
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      • Sonia says:

        It makes a lot of sense to me Elise and reminds me of when I used to create my lists – beginning of the day to set priorities and then evaluate at end of day so that I knew what needed to be moved to priority for the next day. Morning start again to refresh and remind me of where I was at. Closing off the list at the end of the day allowed for rest and not thinking about it until the next morning.

        Thank you. I am still to do this. Finally have a quiet house tonight so am planning a bit right now!
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  6. Sue Bride says:

    Something unplanned seems to come up virtually every week. If I was determined to stick to lists I’d constantly fail and be disappointed. So I take things as they come and prioritize certain work tasks.

    The responsibilities of being a Carer mean I can’t work as many hours as I would. That’s probably a good thing otherwise I’d probably stay at the computer all day every day.
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  7. The lists make good guidelines but one most always have flexibility for the things that are unplanned.
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  8. Hi Elise,
    Great reminder here,I have to admit, I don’t take care of myself and that is changing … Meditation for me is taking care of me because it’s probably the best time I get to connect with’s calming, creative, solution orientated.. so think you for the insightful questions too ..
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  9. Hey Elise,

    A great reminder to increase productivity. It may seem simple but many are neglecting the importance of scheduling and prioritizing the important tasks. I totally agree that we must also include some fun stuff in our daily routines. Thanks for sharing this.

    Best wishes,
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  10. Justin, thank you for the feedback. It is often the simple things that we overlook.
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  11. Great information. Thank you. Some time we all need the reminder to increase productivity. Keeping track of our daily action.
    “Your number one priority should be you…” i agree with you.
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  12. Hi Elise,

    I am a firm believer in taking care of ourselves. I must admit, I did have to learn this the hard way, but once I realized I was to tool and it had to be sharp, I was on my way.

    As a parent, growing up my daughter, I created “Me” time. As the only child she rebelled like crazy, but she did learn from my behavior, not my words.

    As a business owner, Me time is more important than anything. If I don’t take the time for taking care of myself, how will I ever be in tip top shape for my clients?

    Yes, I do have my schedules written down, and when something pops up to take me away from it, I don’t go into a tizzy anymore, because I’ve learned how to get “back into action” without anxiety.

    Taking care of me consists of eating home made organic food. I’m a vegetarian, so it can take some time, but I do make time for that. I make time for exercise now…I used to have a million excuses but no more! But most importantly, I take the time in the middle of the day to take a walk with hubby, or go out just for the heck of it.

    This all clears my mind, and I come back refreshed and focused.

    We all need to get creative and apply this to our lifestyle.

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  13. Hello Elise, I am all about ME TIME LOL I do write out my day each morning this is the start of my Me Time.. Then I am off to do my arobics, hot tub, breakfast and my day starts..

    Yeppers you do need to think of YOU first.. You are NO GOOD to anyone if you are not at your best..

    Awesome Post Thanks for sharing Chery :))
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  14. Liz Delaney says:

    Elise – thankyou. Great article and it makes so much sense. Trying to balance daily life with our own needs and desires is hard. We always tend to forget ourselves. I am finding that writing a weekly/daily plan helps me prioritise my time so I have time for personal pursuits.Given a time frame to complete tasks gives me more focus.
    Thanks again
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  15. This is a different approach to an old topic. Much better, because most lists are based on the “should do’s” you caution us against. It’s taken me a while to get back to who I really am, and what my true priorities are. Thank for the suggestions in this post, which will help me fine tune things.
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  16. Fabulous post Elise… it is hard to see myself as no 1 priority but I have seen the light and have this running at the back of my mind now. I have so little time alone that I don’t get the chance to just be me, and when I do I’m at my business, but since I love that it’s OK!
    I like your list of priorities and I’m keeping this blog on my special Pinterest board to refer back to
    Thank You 🙂
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  17. Liz Delaney says:

    Fantastic post Elise. Gave me lots to think about. Us mums are always giving. We have been conditioned to put others first. Even when our families live far away. Writing lists is what works for me. When I first started writing them, I was inflexible. Now, I revisit and rewrite constantly and am learning to be kinder to myself when I don’t complete everything. Life gets in the way. And we are supposed to live our life – not ignore it.
    So, I am now becoming more lenient towards myself. What gets done, gets done. The rest is put on tomorrow’s list.
    Thanks for the great read.
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  18. Dawn Golden says:

    As the seasons change and we enter Autumn, I am really making an effort to organize my schedule and commit to being a more organized me! Great advice here – thanks Elise.
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  19. One of my groups were discussing how vital it was to practice self care. During our discussion, so many of the women expressed what that looked like for them that I realized that we had to acknowledge that our self-care requirements and preferences differ. Some people need more alone time (me). Others need more time socializing. Some people require more downtime–others more activity.

    And our needs change over time too, depending on where we are and what we are going through. We need to continually assess and reassess what we require physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

    Hopefully, we all see self-care as an integral part of our happiness and fulfilment–something that enables us to be who we want to be rather than something that lengthens our to-do list and prevents us from doing what we want to do.
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  20. It’s a great article to tell people how to being creative. Useful information here.
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