Greetings once again.
As that old song goes "time keeps on slipping into the future" and it is so true when it comes to creativity. "Finding" time is a mistaken idea... as is "making" time. None of these things work when adult life slaps you squarely in the face.
Time doesn't matter when there is passion or joy. It's that simple. If you enjoy it then you will just do it. Ever wonder why times seems to go fast when you are doing something you enjoy...even a chance conversation.. how many times have you said.."oh gosh. Look at the time. Gotta go." Your brain stops counting when you are doing something you love. You lose track of time. How wonderful that feeling is. Those things.. those things on your todo list.. THEY DON'T MATTER, when you are enjoying yourself.
Do you ever wonder why you doodle? Your brain needs to "pass the time". Same reason video games or social media are addicting. They are the insidious paths to passing time, sapping your creativity from reaching out into the world.
SO...What can one do? Carry a journal or small pad of paper and a pencil. Doodle. Even if you can only make stick men and smiley faces. Just draw. And if you don't have a journal. Use the back of an envelope or a napkin, if you are lucky enough to be eating out. There's a cool artist named Ivan Brice who doodles on such things while traveling or working. Leaving your work behind.. might make someone have a better day.
When I was General Manager I use to save my employees doodles (the better ones) and hang them up in my office. Not to remind my employees I knew when they weren't "doing" something, but because I found them interesting as an artist, plus it pointed out to me which employees had a creative mind and needed to be challenged. I have this black and red ball point sun doodle from a former employee who doodled on the phone message pads when talking to customers. It has become a cherished memory since that young man was killed in a car accident a few years ago. He once told me his high school art teacher told him he wasn't any good and he needed therapy because he only drew AC/DC album covers. (That should be a whole other topic)
But you know what? HE STILL DOODLED! Because he enjoyed it.
So you too, get out there and DOODLE, before time just slips away.