Monday Post ~ June 27, 2011
“Writing fiction has developed in me an abiding respect for the unknown in a human lifetime and a sense of where to look for the threads, how to follow, how to connect, find in the thick of the tangle what clear line persists.”
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.
last week, as i anticipated, was a bust on the manuscript.
this week: just made a plan to hit the library for an edit session tomorrow morning. hoping for a four hour stretch from 10-2.
in the meantime, in an effort to get off my hobble, etc, i am taking up a belly dance class starting tonight, even with my big boot on my ankle.
Nice, Cathy. (BTW, we may need video of the booted belly-dancing!!)
trust me, you really don’t want to see that! lol
–finish the last 2 (of 4 in a series) canvases for my living room wall.
–engage in some type of creative act related to MY art passions every single day. This does not include the creative acts of preparing meals, putting together outfits for the kids, or doing art with the kids. This is about painting, collage, glasswork, metalworking, writing, or jewelry design. 🙂
Yay, Christine! Good luck, and let us know how it goes! 🙂
I need to scale back my ambitions for summer.
Last week I read through my Life Assessment and made a list of recommendations. The hardest part is working on a calendar and figuring out how to fit everything in. I’ve tried this before, but I usually end up winging it and important things get left out. This week I’ll work more on a realistic weekly schedule for the summer, work on finishing the four stencils, finish the list of art projects and supply list before summer is over LOL! and order the supplies by mid-week. Oh dear, that would be tomorrow. I’ll leave it there for now. Until next week!
Deb, I’m right there with you — it’s one thing to figure out the schedule (a feat in itself) and quite another to actually follow it, even loosely. If it seems overwhelming, maybe just stick to identifying the Three Most Important Things every morning and then getting to those things first?
Last week’s goals:
* Assignments for Right-Brain Business Plan [YES]
* Make the kids’ end-of-year “certificates” (these are documents I create every year that acknowledge each of the kids’ personal accomplishments) [YES]
* Continue getting caught up on Life Assessment responses [YES!!!]
* Coaching [YES]
* Journaling [YES]
* Complete Creative Times newsletter draft [YES]
This week’s goals:
* Assignments for Right-Brain Business Plan e-course T/W/Th
* Coaching DAILY
* Journaling DAILY
* Carefully prepare goals list for next week (little guys to Grandma’s)