Stealing Time for Creativity

file000249839729A couple of weeks ago, I had to spend the morning in a hospital waiting room while a loved one had a procedure done. I knew it wasn’t going to be a huge amount of time waiting, but still, I took along my laptop. As it turns out, I was able to revise a couple of chapters sitting there in that room, with Zoe Keating tunes pumping through my earbuds.

Yesterday I took my son for a haircut. While he sat in the barber’s chair, I sat in the waiting area with my notebook. His appointment only took about a half hour, but during that time I sketched out the bones of a new project.

We all have those times when we have to sit and wait. In the pickup line. During the piano lesson. In the waiting room at the dentist.

All that waiting time adds up. If you plan ahead and work it right, you can steal those moments for your creative work.

Next time you know you’re going to have to wait, take your laptop. Pack a notebook and pencils. Print out that chapter and take along your red pen. Take your iPad and give that new brainstorming app you downloaded a try.

Or, you know, sit and read an issue of People magazine that’s covered in who knows what kinds of germs. (Ewwwww.)

I know which one I would choose.