Feeling bifurcated? Jekyll and sometimes Hyde?
Creatives often live a life that mirrors our cell phone plans: we spend our ‘peak minutes’ at a day job while our ‘off peak minutes’ (nights and weekends) afford us little time to get our creativity fix.
As a creative do you ever feel like this pic to the right?
With my 9-5 as a corporate sales trainer, writing this growing blog, doing a video shoot in a few days and a play reading at the end of the month I make Sally Field’s Sybil look normal.
It’s Not the Day Job
A few months ago I had a breakthrough.
I stopped all the hate.
I stopped blaming my day job for the reason I wasn’t creating. I stopped blaming and started creating.
It was time to be intentional.
A Little Help From Others
- My brother in law Matthew tossed out a throw-down and I picked it up: to write every day for a month. That was the start of this blog. I started getting up earlier every day to write and haven’t stopped since. Thanks Matt.
- I read Quitter by Jon Acuff. The sub title to Acuff’s book: “closing the gap between your day job and your dream job.” If you’re reading this post, chances are you’d connect with this book.
- My wife helped me sort through it all with a listening ear, compassion and unconditional love. You’re the best. The. Best.
A New Mantra
What if… we thanked our day job for funding our dream projects?
What if… we put value on the things we love by giving them our time and attention? (I’m talking to you Facebook, reality TV and other time-sucking mindlessness)
What if… we chose to live an undivided life in which creativity, innovation and ideation bleeds into every crack and crevice of our lives? Day job and all…
Question: How do you strike the balance between your day job and your creative projects?