Don’t we all? That’s one of my major excuses for not creating more art. I just don’t have enough time on the weekdays, working a full-time job. I usually go into the school around 1 p.m. and don’t get back to the house until around 9 at night. I also work Saturday mornings, finishing at 12:30 in the afternoon.

On Saturday after school I spend too much time napping or just being lazy; I’m usually quite tired, and I like to spend the evenings sipping a few beers and watching some U.S. TV series that I’ve downloaded (The Walking Dead, The Expanse and a few others). On Sunday, I do manage to get in at least a couple of hours of creativity, but, again, I goof off too much, playing my favorite online MMORPGs, Lord of the Rings Online and Eve Online, then watching a few hours of TV at night.

That, then, is a major element of concern for me in creating art–how can I find enough time to do it. As part of the Photo Artistry course, Sebastian asks us to go through our days and find where we can get rid of wasted time (TV, social media, etc.) and use that time for creating. One area that I’ve changed is the time that I go jogging in the morning. In the past I’ve usually gone out at 7 a.m., jogging and walking for about 45 minutes every morning except Saturday. So, I thought I’d start at 6:30, freeing up half an hour for more art. It’s still a little dark at 6:30 to go out on the busy road where the first part of my jog takes place, so I’ve been waiting until 6:40, when it’s light enough that I feel safer. Eventually, when the sun starts coming up early enough, I want to go out at 6 o’clock.

I’ve also gained some more free time by not going into work so early when I don’t really have to be there. Going in at 1:00 and getting my lesson planning done by 3 leaves me with a couple of hours where I don’t have much to do but read. So, I’ve started going in at 2 o’clock. Voila, another hour. Now, about the weekend . . .