There are never enough hours in the day. Sometimes you want to get loads done, but time’s always against you and before you know it, you’re heading to bed and your list of things to do is incomplete. I very often find myself wondering where the time goes…I’m sure you do too!
When it comes to painting, time is even harder to manage than usual. Painting requires you to commit a lot of time to it, and in this busy day and age, it can be really hard to find a good length of time for you to just unwind, get in the zone and get on with painting.
Here are five tips for busy painters. I hope they help!
1. Stop procrastinating
Time is precious. If you have something to do, just get on with it. The more you spend procrastinating, the less time you’ll have for other things. The word ‘procrastinate’ comes from the Latin word meaning ‘to put off till tomorrow’. If you have something that can be done today, get it done today, then you can move on to whatever’s next on your to do list. The more you procrastinate, the more you’ll get in the habit of getting things done sooner rather than later.
2. Be organised
I’m not exactly one to be organised, but I try and I do manage to stick to a schedule every once in a while. If you’ve stopped procrastinating, you’ll find it a lot easier to organise yourself. Draw up a schedule and try to stick to it, or make a to do list and set yourself a goal for getting everything done. Once you’re organised, you’ll find yourself powering through task after task with ease!
3. Find the time
Even if you are organised and don’t procrastinate, there’s still the matter of actually finding time to paint. One good tip I like doing is to set aside a chunk of time for painting and fit other things around it. I also find it good to have one day a week where I don’t have anything planned, so I can commit the whole day to painting without having to worry about anything else. It’s great because the only thing on my mind is painting!
4. Make the most of the time you’ve got
By all means don’t push yourself or rush your painting, but do be sure to make the most of any time you can dedicate to painting. Time is valuable and you’re going to feel better if you’ve spent your time productively. Try getting into the zone and think of nothing but your painting. Allow yourself to forget everything else that’s going on in your life and fully concentrate on painting.
5. Enjoy it!
Most importantly, you should always make sure you enjoy painting, otherwise it’s going to become something you don’t look forward to. Even if you’ve got a busy schedule and can only find time for painting every now and then, make sure that when you paint, you allow yourself to enjoy it. Don’t see it as yet another task to shove into your schedule; if you see it as your passion, you’re going to enjoy it no matter how much else you’ve got going on in your life.