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Monday Post ~ April 25, 2011

“I consider every individual to be located somewhere on what I call an infinite continuum of creative accomplishment.”
~A. H. Maslow

What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic goal or a milestone to reach for. A goal as simple as “I will be creative for 10 minutes every day” is what it’s all about. 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 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.”

    Outcome: Was sick as a DOG midweek with awful virus. So sick that I couldn’t even read. Bleh. Got to most but not all of my list:
    * CCA homework and coaching (two classes) YES
    * Project Life update YES
    * Finish three more Life Assessment responses ALMOST
    * Complete first issue of newsletter YES
    * Send newsletter out (Thursday) YES
    * Do the next exercise in Right Brain Business Plan YES
    * Read at least 30 pages in current book NO
    * Journaling YES

    This week’s goals:
    * Practice for Sunday’s reading in CT
    * Prepare for podcast interview next week
    * CCA homework and coaching (two classes)
    * Project Life update
    * Finish three more Life Assessment responses
    * Do the next exercise in Right Brain Business Plan
    * Read at least 30 pages in current book
    * Journaling

    April 25, 2011
  2. Last week’s goals:
    -work on a painting YES!
    -plan my toddler music class for Friday POSTPONED
    -play my guitar 3 times TWO TIMES
    -finish an article I have been working on for a while NOPE
    -create some prints and cards POSTPONED

    This week:
    In addition to the two postponed items from last week, I will:
    -record a video for my blog
    -take a yoga class
    -submit an image to Texture Tuesday
    -prepare for my son’s birthday celebrations this weekend!
    -continue working through 12 secrets of highly creative women

    April 26, 2011
  3. Joyelle – I have that book! Are you reading on a weekly schedule?

    Miranda- so sorry to hear that you were so sick!

    For me, I spent last week digging myself out of a hole of creative clutter, knocking things off my list that should no longer be there.

    This week, I am learning to BREATHE. My breathing feels irregular because I have been so JAM PACKED busy!

    On my writing goals this week, I am basically putting on paper the structure for a preschool program for start up churches based on my experience over the past 6 months. It is nice to take the time to put in on paper and TO SEE why I felt so overwhelmed. It is difficult to be the one to be the structure in place.

    April 27, 2011
  4. Robin – I wish I could say that I am working through it on some kind of organized schedule, but not much in my life happens on a regular schedule : ) Right now I am simultaneously reading that book, Living Your Yoga, and How to Make Money on Etsy, each a little bit at a time. Oh, and Anne of Green Gables for my book club.

    April 30, 2011

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