AJ's Tea Bag Paintings Part II: 3 Ways to Be Creative + Productive

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AJ’s Tea Bag Paintings Part II

3 Ways to Be Creative + Productive

One of the many things that I’ve learned about being an artist is how much time it takes to be one. Time management is crucial when it comes to finding balance as an artist. Sometimes it takes me days to complete just one piece without even knowing if my creation will be taken home by a buyer. Talk about doin’ it for love!

So let’s be honest, time management is not necessarily one of my strengths. Many of you who are reading this and know me well are probably saying, “Oh REALLY? Who’da thunk.”

Alas, the Beast of Time shivers at the sound of my name! In my creative process and through tips from other creatives, I am finding ways to tame it! How on Earth will I possibly do this, might you ask? Well, my friends, I am here to share some of my tips with you! So, get out that disciplinary whip and let’s crack it!

1. Have a set schedule…

Find which days and times work best to schedule your creative time and be strict not to book anything else on those days!

...and stick with it! I am extremely lucky to have a partner who is already well established in the creative field. My boyfriend, Taylor Brown, is an incredible southern fiction writer. He is publishing his fourth novel next year, so he knows a thing or two about time management. The way he organizes his writing time throughout the week has inspired me to organize mine. And it WORKS!

I make Tuesdays and Thursdays strictly my creating days, and I leave Fridays and Saturdays open for whatever I want to do creatively. The other days of the week are when I teach most of my yoga classes and when the creative juices are flowin’ I do NOT like for that flow to be disrupted. Find which days and times work best to schedule your creative time and be strict not to book anything else on those days!

2. Show up…

If you don’t show up, you’re not even giving yourself a chance for any sort of creative magic to happen.

...even if you don’t feel like it. Hey, I get it. There are times when I don’t feel like creating at all. But if you don’t show up, you’re not even giving yourself a chance for any sort of creative magic to happen. If you feel stuck, grab a sketch book and start doodling to help sprout up your creativity. Works like a charm!

3. Take care of yourself.

Being an artist takes a ton of energy both mentally and physically. Don’t overwork yourself and cause creative burnout. Nourishing yourself is just as important as the work. Find balance. Get plenty of rest, go for a walk, enjoy a stress-relieving yoga class, have a cup of tea, snuggle with your fur babies. Do whatever it is that keeps you in a state of gratitude.

After all, how amazing is it that you get to create something from nothing? Hold that close to your heart and, most of all, ENJOY the creative process!


*This article is Part III of a three-part series: AJ’s Tea Bag Paintings. To read Part I, click HERE.

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About Addie Jo Bannerman

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Addie Jo is a yoga teacher, indoor cycling instructor, and artist based in Wilmington, NC. She is the creator of the trademarked style of yoga-inspired fitness called Prana Pump, which incorporates HIIT and weights into foundation yoga asana. Her artwork is emotional and energetic abstract watercolor portraits and figurative drawings. For Addie Jo, it’s hard to go through the day without creating something, whether it’s a painting, a yoga flow, or a new recipe! On her off-days, she loves cuddling with her three pups, listening to podcasts, creating new recipes, and riding her vintage Yamaha DT175 motorcycle. To keep up with Addie Jo, follow her on Instagram at @aboutayogagirl and @pranapump. And check out her art at _aj.grey_.