Not having enough time is probably the most common reason people tell me they don’t create more.
On the surface of course it seems like a perfectly valid and genuine reason. If we literally have no time to commit to doing something, then we’re not going to be able to do it.
But what if there’s something deeper at work here. What if we actually make sure we don’t ever have enough time?
Why would you want to do that though? If you’re an artist, if you love creating, if it’s a great passion in your life, why on earth would you not want to create as much as you can, as often as you can?
How about because you’re scared?
Scared that if you do have the time and freedom to create, you might not have any good ideas to work with?
Scared that you would have to come to terms with all those unfinished projects and works in progress going back months, and years?
Scared that you would actually love creating so much, and enjoy it more than anything else in your life, and you’re not sure you “deserve” that?
I could continue and list a dozen other possible reasons. They all come down to the same point though.
Maybe you’re filling your days, and weeks, and months with so much “important” stuff, it means you don’t have to deal with some of the struggles you have around creating.
I’m not for a second suggesting we don’t all have demands and commitments and priorities in our lives, and we have to give them time.
But by giving priority to EVERYTHING else in your life over creating, it lets you off the hook.
Always being busy keeps it safe. And that becomes a habit, it becomes addictive.
So isn’t this just our good old friend procrastination?
In a way it is, yes, you’re avoiding doing something you want to do, by filling your time with other activities.
But it’s deeper than that. It’s not just that when you have a free half hour, instead of creating you decide that reorganising your stationary collection or cleaning every surface of the kitchen, or going back through your email for the last month and rereading every message in case you overlooked something important the first time, is the most urgent and productive use of your time.
It’s more like a pre-emptive procrastination. You’re actually – consciously or not – planning ahead and making sure you’re not going to have any free time to create.
You manifest this addiction to being busy so you never have to stop and face those real reasons why you’re not creating.
We’ll expand on this in a future article, and look at some of those reasons you might be scared of creating.
For now, think about how relevant this is in your life.
Think about how much time you commit to creating, and maybe some of the other activities you make yourself busy with that possibly aren’t quite as urgent as you first tell yourself they are.
Be honest with yourself. Whatever you tell other people, only you know how “busy” you really are.