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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ September 9, 2013

Natalie Goldberg

Commit to a regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning.

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task, which can make a daunting project feel more accessible.

Share your intentions or goals as a comment to this post, and let us know how things went with your creative plans for last week, if you posted to last week’s Monday Post. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.

Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community leverages the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!

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6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ana #

    Creative goal for this week: re-design my business portfolio website! It’s been long overdue and now is the time to conquer it and cross it off my endless to do list.

    September 9, 2013
  2. I do writing and artwork every week, that’s what I do. I prioritize my week based on what I need to get done and the creative work falls into place around that. Pen in hand…here I go :)

    September 9, 2013
    • Yes, LA! Let us know how it goes!

      September 9, 2013
  3. In a continued overhaul of my planning and workflow management systems, I’ve put my entire life — professional and personal — into Todoist. So far, it’s exactly what I need.

    I’m starting to accept that much of my life this fall will be spent on the field: football, LAX, and soccer. We’re all about supporting passions over here, though, so gotta put my money where my mouth is!

    Had a good session with my writers’ group last week and have started doing exercises in The Story Template — liking the book so far.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Read peer pieces for Thursday writers’ group [yes]
    * Work on remaining tweaks to new planning system [yes]
    * Project Life update (shoot for August pages) [no]
    * Art room move (weekend) [no]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Continue exercises in The Story Template
    * Project Life update (shoot for August pages)
    * Art room move (weekend — MAYBE)

    September 9, 2013
  4. last week’s goals: finish read through, check with artist to see if she is making headway, start writing new idea i have set up with another artist for a picture book. and make a little more progress in current larger project.
    kids are all away at college or start full day school days tomorrow! woohoo!

    still working on read through of project 1, have had a crazy couple of weeks (what’s new, right?). collaborated more on picture book project , didn’t make it to the longer form project in creative phase. kids, pets, drs, vets. talked with artist for project 1: she read it, is super excited to work on it, and has given me a time frame!

    this week’s goals: finish read through (in 3, 2, 1…) things still amped in life, kid # 2 has a stubborn staph infection and a couple of other things going on, so we’ve been doing a caretaker/doctor/specialist dance. key word this week: SIMPLIFY. finish read, finish edits, hope for artwork sometime next week, plug away at the fundraiser/self-pub thing. Anything else that happens: collaboration, or writing in the other longer work i will call a bonus.

    September 10, 2013

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