I do a little bit of my own work; drawing, sketching, writing (not painting since oils are quite a bit more involved) before I start on client work for the day, sometimes before I hit the gym. Just an hour, maybe 2 and then I jump into client work, or the gym and really start my day. I know it sounds counter intuitive, but I believe its not.
Think of it like this... money experts say to "pay yourself first," meaning, put money into your own saving account before you pay everybody else. This gives you a reserve to draw on when you have an emergency or when you hit a rough patch and times are tough.
Before you go to work for the day; if you pick up your own IP for just a bit, touch it, a small drawing, a quick painting, your writing, something, anything that is yours alone, it reminds you why you love to do this. Why you endure everything to get to create.
Many of us can feel tapped out and drained and just don't have the energy to work on our art at the end of the day, many of us feel this way at different times... and we can end up sitting, staring at the blank page, after work, waiting... til our eyes bleed right? And then you go to bed, nothing of "your own stuff" done and wake up frustrated and irritated and start the whole process over again..
Its a real feeling, I have had it too and if you have NEVER felt that way, GREAT! AWESOME! Yay! maybe you don't have to do this... and I applaud you. But many creatives do feel this way and I give you this alternative...
Put something into your Art Saving Account today... spend 30 minutes on your own stuff before you start anything. Start today. Then do it tomorrow, and the next. Keep pulling it out everyday this week and do a little.
This is mine and I have been putting it into my account everyday...