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Monday Page Becomes Monday Post, 2011

The old timers at this blog will remember our Monday Page. For three years, the Monday Page was a dedicated section within this blog used for noting our short-term creative intentions/goals/hopes. The Monday Page was designed to help us focus at the beginning of each week and set realistic targets. Writing down your goals and posting them publicly creates a sense of accountability that for some of us is more effective than mulling over our ambitions internally — and continually putting them off as a result.

The Monday Page had its sporadic usage, but this year we’re going to try something different. Rather than using a separate page within the blog, we’ll be posting a Monday Post at the beginning of each week right here on the main page. If you’d like to participate, share your goals as a comment to the post. What can you accomplish during the coming week, given the specific parameters on deck? In breaking down a larger project, what small forward step can you take this week? Feel free to check in a couple of times to share updates on how your week is going or ask for a little commiseration when everything falls apart (as it will surely do, from time to time).

Suggestion: When you’re deciding on your creative intentions for the week, it’s a good idea to think about WHEN you’re going to write those 2,000 words or paint that canvas. Try to schedule the time slots in your calendar (if you keep one), understanding that flexibility is the #1 requirement for any creative mother. If it doesn’t happen when you wanted it to, that’s OK. If you wanted to write three haiku a day but only managed one for the whole week, that’s just fine. Give yourself a gentle push with one hand, but pat yourself kindly on the shoulder with the other if you don’t reach your goal(s) for a given week. Sometimes it’s easier, sometimes it’s harder. Ride whatever you’ve got.

It’s also useful to have a sense of your minimum requirements (come hell or high water I’m going to write 100 words) while keeping a lookout for sudden opportunities to do more. You know, the day that the baby takes a monster nap or your partner takes the kids out to run errands and you find yourself with an unexpected “extra” half hour. Grab that time for yourself. You can catch up on the dishes and the laundry later. If you keep something creative in the back of your mind for those sudden opportunities, you’ll be more likely to use them to your advantage — rather than squandering your precious bonus moments on Facebook or vacuuming out the sofa cushions. Right?

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  1. ALexsondra #

    Hi there,

    I haven’t written on this site in a long time. I’ve been involved completely as a full time care taker, thankfully, my husband’s health is improving.
    I just completed in getting up my pottery site on Etsy, Mud of the Ages. It’s still in the beginning stages. Now I need to return my efforts to developing my new website, same name, under word press.org. I tried to accomplish this over the holidays, but that proved futile.
    Then I read this new post here, and thought how fortuitous.
    So in a long winded sort of way, that’s my goal This week my website will be complete… oops I also have to prepare for a one day fundraising workshop… making bowls for haiti.
    wish me luck.

    January 10, 2011
  2. Great idea, Miranda! And great timing as I enter the week that I start Draft Three and have my writing retreat in the Outer Banks. I will have four days with 6 children’s authors and laptops in a house of silence, with breaks for meals. My hope is to finish this new draft, but more likely, I will make it about halfway. I say this, because I do not yet have manuscripts back from readers, and so will be looking at their corrections and changes for the first time at the retreat. So there may be more than I think at the moment to work on. I did just receive an email that is still calling for more show, not tell.

    January 10, 2011
  3. What a great idea! I love being held accountable (on most things ;0)
    This week I tackle my Etsy shop. I opened it up in November and now need to go back in and jazz it up.
    I am also ordering my business cards and 8×10 bags and backers in case I actually get an Etsy order.
    Finally, I’m continuing to plug away networking and learning my new Photoshop CS5. Yay!

    Jodi

    http://livinglifephotographically.blogspot.com
    http://www.etsy.com/people/photobyjodi

    January 10, 2011
  4. Great to hear from you, Alexsondra, Cathy, and Jodi — good luck to all of you. Please keep us updated.

    As for myself, this week I am going to draft a short nonfiction piece that I plan to submit to a literary publication next week. I’d like to have a strong draft in hand by Friday of this week so that I can sit on it for a little while and then have time to review and revise prior to my deadline.

    I don’t expect my client load to be too heavy this week, so if I can squeeze some personal writing into my work time, then I will. Otherwise it will be evenings for an hour after the kids are in bed.

    January 10, 2011
  5. I will be working on my e-course content for my COLOR YOUR WORLD ecourse , registering now.. course starts on Feb 1st… just tweaking it a bit and making sure it all fits! So much fun.. I’ll also be working on my creative biz plan this week.. I hv a brand new a4 moleskine to start strategizing and planning.. so much fun!
    bonnierose

    January 10, 2011
  6. like this idea, Miranda. this is our first week back to class for the spring term so things will be a little extra hectic on the work front. couple things i’m work on….

    i started a new series on my blog called Mix It Up Monday. My goal with this is to post a new piece of art every Monday. It may be jewelry, photography, a handmade book, mixed media something or other…who knows… I have such a short attention span, I thought this would be a good way to allow me to play around with other things outside of what my usual creative business offerings are. So far, two Mondays and two new pieces!

    I also have a special order to fill which I hope to finish by the end of the weekend. we’ll see….between classes starting back i may be too exhausted this week to accomplish much!

    kelly

    http://happyshackdesigns.blogspot.com

    January 10, 2011
  7. this is a great idea Miranda. I love that you are revitalizing this feature of the space. Go 2011!

    January 11, 2011
  8. This week I need to start prepping for my Pecha Kucha presentation. My goals are to figure out which 20 images I am going to use, and start to plan what I will say/sing during the presentation. Also, to work on the Fairy mini book layout.

    January 11, 2011

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