There is a difference between an amateur and a professional in any endeavour.
Money isn’t the differentiating factor anymore. Both get paid; although you would expect the latter to receive more.
The professional is clear in what their job is. They have to meet specific expectations and everything else in their life works around those expectations and commitments.
The amateur has to fit those expectations and commitments around their actual day job. These are their add-ons.
With creatives, those add-ons can end up sacrificed to the circumstances of life and work.
So how do you solve this tension between probably being an amateur but wishing you were a professional.
The secret sauce is scheduling.
Any successful leader or entrepreneur will tell you that they live by what’s on their calendar. If it isn’t on the calendar then it doesn’t exist. Meetings, golf, family time, it is all in the diary.
If you are serious about your art and you want to make it into the professional leagues, then act like a professional.
You might only be brave enough to write up on the family planner for a twenty minute slot – but that’s fine.
7pm-7:20pm – In the Writing Cave – I can write with this pencil or use it as a prod/Painter armed and ready to paint the canvas or you!/Musician with Noise Cancelling Headphones – I can’t hear you even if you scream.
Scheduling also tells everyone else you are being serious about your art.
It also holds you accountable.
You’ve got twenty minutes – GO! – you don’t have time to waste.
You are a professional now, so act like it.