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Monday Post ~ April 18, 2011

“Wondering means it’s acceptable not to know. It is the natural state at the beginning of all creative acts, as recent brain research shows.” ~Gabrielle Rico

What creative work would you like to accomplish 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.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hello! I am so glad to have discovered your blog. I will be back!

    April 18, 2011
  2. This week I will:
    -work on a painting
    -plan my toddler music class for Friday
    -play my guitar 3 times
    -finish an article I have been working on for a while
    -create some prints and cards

    April 18, 2011
  3. Last week’s goals were a little fuzzy — all wrapped up in my review of the week prior. I did make it through many more items on my to-do list, but I’m still in a relative mania. I think I’ll have to keep this up for another 2-4 weeks. Then I’ll be able to take it down a couple of notches.

    This week’s goals: Most of the kids are home for April vacation — though my littlest one has school after today, so I’ll still have some work windows. All of my goals are directly related to my bigger creative intentions, although may not be 100% “creative” per se.

    * CCA homework and coaching (two classes)
    * Project Life update
    * Finish three more Life Assessment responses
    * Complete first issue of newsletter
    * Send newsletter out (Thursday)
    * Do the next exercise in Right Brain Business Plan
    * Read at least 30 pages in current book
    * Journaling

    April 18, 2011
  4. i will …
    -go to pottery class twice (once makeup, once regular friday class)
    -blog every single solitary day about something artsy…
    -make a jerry artarama order and get more small canvases….
    -do at least one 30 minute book edit
    -start (at least start) 4 or 5 canvases

    i predict i will succeed for sure on the pottery, most likely on the blogging and the jerry artarama order, and i will skip the edit in order to start the canvases … i suck at making myself edit ….

    April 18, 2011

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