The best way to improve anything is to measure it.
If you want more art time, measure how much time you spend and on what.
My mornings are when I have the best energy and the most focus for my art.
But, my time is also limited so I’ve begun measuring how much time I spend on every task in the morning.
With this data I can begin to prune down what is not essential and add to what is most essential.
This is a wonderful tool that Marie Forlio suggested in her book Everything is Figureoutable.
She has you write down how you spend every minute of your day.
She also stresses the importance of spending as much time as possible daily on what matters most to you.
It’s quite wonderful to have actual concrete data on what I’ve done all morning rather than wonder where the time went.
This practicing of measuring is also suggested by Tom Rath in his book EAt Move Sleep.
“One little secret of medicine and social science is how measurement itself creates improvement…”
“If you want to increase your activity, measure how much you move. When people are assigned to wear a pedometer as part of randomized controlled trials, they walk at least one extra mile per day on average. Overall activity levels go up by 27 percent. Body Mass Index (BMI) decreases, and blood pressure goes down.”
Simply by measuring we improve.
While measuring my AM routine I was able to find even more time for my art and feel more actualized, productive and proud of myself for rocking my mornings.
I simply removed some time from items that weren’t of highest purpose and added it to what was.
After my AM creative time is done the rest of the day is a breeze.
Even if the rest of my day is terrible I feel accomplished for getting some quality time in on what matters most to me.
Back to you.
Are you not spending the time you would like on what matters most?
Or do you think you don’t have enough time for daily practice?
Maybe it’s time to put on your lab coat, start measuring and discover a clear direction for change.