Today I want to talk about Creative Roadblocks–barriers keeping you from pursuing your creative ventures.
There are a lot of things that can keep us from doing creative things. We’ve already covered a big one–internalizing that you are not creative (YOU ARE)–but creative roadblocks really are different for everyone. This week, I want you to reflect on what your creative roadblocks might be so we can come up with possible solutions for getting past them.
To get you started, I’m going to share a few of my common creative roadblocks and how bust through them (or work around them):
Lack of Skill
I love learning new skills, but sometimes I need something done more quickly than I can learn. When learning the new skill takes more time than I feel I can dedicate to a project, I put things off. I had a lack of skill roadblock in creating my newsletter–I wanted something with a beautiful design, but I don’t have the digital design skills to pull off the dream in my head.
To get past it, I recognized that I DON’T NEED an amazing design in my newsletter. It’s a bonus, sure, but isn’t required to get started. So I started anyway–I can always learn to make it prettier and more professional looking later. To make sure I actually DO learn, I’ve been setting aside time for skill building every week.
My biggest creative roadblock is time. I never have enough time to execute all of the creative ideas I have. I probably never will. But, by working to integrate creativity into my schedule and my routine, I have enough time to keep my need for creativity fulfilled.
Sometimes the roadblock to having creative time is a change in schedule. This year, Jonas stopped taking naps–which was my prime creative time. I had to find new ways to carve out that time for myself, by giving him quiet play / room cleaning time, by involving him in my creative endeavors, and by giving up some of my evening activities to work then.
I wish I had tons and tons of extra money to use for supplies for creative pursuits, but I don’t. I have a monthly budget to keep my scrapbooking going, but I don’t have a specific spot in my budget available for projects.
To bust through this roadblock, I come up with plans to make extra money, work hard to use what I already have on hand, research to find cheaper solutions, or start to set aside small bits of money by giving up other things until I have enough saved up for a project. The latter is what I did for my pipe bookshelves and is what I’m working on doing so I can build a DIY dining room table (unless it ends up being cheaper to buy one than build one)!
Those are a few of my creative roadblocks and how I get past them. Share your thoughts or questions in the comments and we’ll brainstorm our way through those creative roadblocks together. Tips on how to overcome certain roadblocks are fantastic too if you’ve already busted through some of yours!
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