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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 2, 2013

Ray Bradbury Creativity Cats

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 For Your Family.

    December 2, 2013
  2. As stunned as I am by the fact that it’s December, I had a terrific planning session yesterday — working out my goals for the month as well as all of the logistics of Christmas. I’m feeling energized rather than overwhelmed, which is always a good sign.

    Daily writing practice (minimum of 500 words) streak is at 28 days. Last week I sorted out some larger pieces of my narrative, much to my relief.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * More structural work on WIP [yes]
    * Continue improvements in workday focus and output [yes]
    * More Project Life over weekend [no]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions is a repeat:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * More structural work on WIP
    * Continue improvements in workday focus and output
    * Decide on handmade ornament project

    December 2, 2013
  3. Last week’s intention: to design a workout for my Boot Campers that will kick their asses tomorrow night and send them into Thanksgiving weekend on a high note! (yes)

    This week’s intentions:

    * Learn the rest of the choreography for Group Power Oct 11 (I’ve memorized and taught half of it already)

    * Design fresh, challenging workouts for my Boot Campers for both Tuesday and Thursday nights

    * Start learning the choreography for Group Centergy April 12. We’re fast approaching the point in the quarter where we mix out to old Centergy releases

    * Get the rest of the indoor Christmas decorations up, and start wiring. Start putting up outdoor decorations as well.

    * Learn my harmony part in a song which I’ll be singing as part of a trio on Sunday evening.

    * Get my biography finished and submit it to my fitness director so that she can put it on the wall.

    * Look further into TRX suspension training

    * Talk to Anne Dries and/or Kevan Gale in more depth about what yoga certification would entail

    * Practice lead guitar technique, just for fun

    * Start writing again. It doesn’t matter what I write about; I just want to get into the habit again.

    * Continue reading (and hopefully finish) “Making Work Work for the Highly Sensitive Person”

    * Last but certainly not least, spend some quality “unplugged” time with my wife.

    Other than that I have nothing… ;-)

    December 2, 2013
    • Geez, Andy — you really should step up your game, lol…..

      December 12, 2013

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