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Monday Post ~ February 21, 2011

Making it happen

What would you like to accomplish creatively this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic task or a milestone to reach for. Share your goal(s) 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.

Suggestion: When you’re deciding on your creative intentions, 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 may be required. If things don’t happen when you wanted them to, that’s OK. 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 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.

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  1. Last week’s goal: Homework for a new class I’m taking (blog post forthcoming). Essay: one hour. Plus some fun in the art room with the little ones.

    Outcome: Got the homework done and lots more reading, but I didn’t get to my essay. I’m starting to think that I need to review my schedule. Like many others, time is my biggest perceived obstacle. Mornings are optimal time for creativity, I know, but I already get up at 5:30 to meditate for 20 minutes before starting the morning routine with the kids (my teenagers get on the bus at 6:30 and shortly thereafter the little ones are up and wanting breakfast). I do read a lot in the morning during the down moments, which I really enjoy — and I’ve read nine books already this year, which is an unheard-of pace for me. Reading is one of my main priorities as it’s how I learn to write — an infinite learning process — and I’m reading tons of books about creativity and process, which are also a key interest at the moment and related to the class I’m taking. So I’m loathe to trade that morning reading time in for actual writing, especially as the time is continually interrupted by family needs and preparing for the day. Maybe I need to get up at 5:00 instead, and get 30 minutes of writing time in before the day even starts. I could do that without sacrificing my reading, my sitting, or my family. It would entail passing out that much earlier in the evenings, but something has to go somewhere if I’m going to live more in alignment with my priorities.

    This week’s goal: My little ones are at Grandma’s through tomorrow, so I’m going to make some serious hay. A blend of work and personal creativity. Update Project Life, finish my personal essay, write a blog post or two. Going to a David Gray concert tonight with my husband. Off to the races!

    February 21, 2011
  2. alisonwells #

    Hi there,

    Co-incidentally and although the kids are on midterm I decided on a creative goal yesterday. I have a few project on the go but decided to concentrate on a flash fiction project and decided that I would aim to write a flash every day while the kids are off school (up to about a 1000 words at most). They don’t have to be polished but mostly complete. I will drop in again and let you know if it worked out!

    Alison 🙂

    February 21, 2011
  3. Finally, 2 sales from my Etsy shop. Also got the subscription window to work on my website. Also manages to keep my new workout regime going. Alas, it’s Monday again, and no gym today, thanks to more snow. This is the week, I will replenish my studio with new bowls, plates, buttons and such. This is the week I just love slowing down, because it’s my birthday week. And turning 61, I intend to enjoy every minute, including making my own exquisitely decadent chocolate cake. Yes, I love making my own birthday cake, because I love sharing it with the people I love. Have a great week everyone.

    February 21, 2011
  4. I need to decide what to say and which song to sing for my Pecha Kucha presentation.Also working on journalling for the Mothering Authentically course I am taking. And I would like to learn some more Photoshop techniques this week by watching a video at

    February 21, 2011
  5. My weekly intention for this week is here

    February 22, 2011

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