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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ September 30, 2013

Ray Bradbury

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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  1. Reblogged this on Books + Books = BOOKS and commented:
    As someone who finds it hard to fit my writing,blogging with university studying around my duties as mother, wife and general house keeper I found this really helpful and will try from now on to commit to organizing a schedule…. This is where if I was in girl guides I would be making ‘the promise’ dib dib dob – oh wait that’s scouts! ;-)

    September 30, 2013
  2. Every now and then I decide that my time management tools aren’t working for me — I’ve been in that state for a couple of months now, constantly researching and trying new things. I’m finally piecing together a new system, which makes me VERY HAPPY and also empowered. Another marathon week on deck, but at least now I feel like I have the right tools to get my work done without losing sight of the important things.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [partial]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Polish excerpt from WIP for organizers of upcoming live reading event [this one is important--and is due Wednesday] [no -- deadline was moved]
    * Keep head from falling off [yes!]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Complete piece for Thursday writers’ group [Mon/Tue]
    * Focus on new planning system; refine as the week progresses

    September 30, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on For Your Family and commented:
    I always look forward to the Monday blog and to sharing it with my readers!

    September 30, 2013

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