Opportunities to Be Creative, Even If You Think You're Too Busy

Between school, extracurriculars and your social life, it can feel like there's never time to make room for your creative endeavors.

Whether it's drawing, painting, writing, sculpting, baking or something else entirely, creative outlets are a form of self-love, and having a finished product at the end of it feels great, too. Here are some tips for making the time to inject creativity back into your life.

First Thing in the Morning

Because alarm clocks have been entirely replaced by phones, chances are you start most days by spending more time than you need to on your phone. Yes, catching up on what you missed overnight feels like it's important, but you'll get a lot more out of committing that time to something creative.

Try dedicating 10 minutes to a project every morning and you'll be shocked by how much you can accomplish in a week. Plus, accomplishing something first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day.


Taking a Break From Homework

When you have hours of back-to-back homework, it's important to take occasional breaks so you don't completely burn yourself out. Again, you'll be tempted to spend these breaks on your phone, but you won't achieve much at the end of it.

Instead, try to commit a 15-minute break to something creative that's still productive but doesn'feel like work. While your homework waits, you can make something that is way more meaningful to you, and you'll feel refreshed when it's time to start back up again.

SpongeBob SquarePants: Squidward holding The Rules of Art book

(SpongeBob SquarePants via Nickelodeon)


A Pick-Me-Up for a Friend

Nobody likes it when their friends are upset, and you can use your creative talents to make them feel a tiny bit better. Even when you have stuff going on, it's easy to feel motivated to create when you know it's going to help someone. That time you spend brightening your friend's day will reward you during the creative process and when you see how your friend reacts.

SpongeBob SquarePants: SpongeBob's statue of David

(SpongeBob SquarePants via Nickelodeon)


Special Occasions

When birthdays and holidays roll around, you're doing everyone else a disservice by not sharing your artistry with them. Even doing something small for your family and friends when they're celebrating a special day will make their day, and it'll make you feel like a million bucks, too. If you set your mind to it, you'll definitely find the time in your busy schedule to make something for an important person in your life, and around the holidays, you usually have all the time in the world.



Everyone likes having stuff that reflects who they are, so when you get the chance to show off your own personal style in the world, don't miss out on the opportunity. Put a little time into creatively customizing everything from your cell phone case to your locker to all of your accessories. The results can be super cute, and making things yourself is so much better than buying expensive premade stuff.

Tangled: Rapunzel painting her walls

(Tangled via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


Speaking of using your imaginative skills, click HERE for six creative ways to get noticed by your crush.