Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ May 13, 2013
If you aren’t doing your creative work as often as you’d like, recommit to a regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is one of the best ways to stay in touch with how you make meaning.
What are your plans for creative practice this week? Given the specifics of your schedule, decide on a realistic intention or practice plan — and ink that time in your calendar. The scheduling part is important, because as you know, if you try to “fit it in” around the edges, it generally won’t happen. An intention as simple as “I will write for 20 minutes every morning after breakfast” or “I will sketch a new still life on Wednesday evening” is what it’s all about. If appropriate, use time estimates to containerize your task. (Time estimates can make a daunting project feel more accessible.)
Share your intentions or goals 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. We use a broad brush in defining creativity, so don’t be shy. We also often include well-being practices that support creativity, such as exercise and journaling.
Putting your intentions on “paper” helps you get clear on what you want to do — and sharing those intentions with this community leverages the motivation of an accountability group. Join us!
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Last week included my youngest son’s fifth birthday, and of course, Mother’s Day here in the US. I had a lovely day — and hope you did too, if you were celebrating. Have been slammed with work from my editorial clients and the current pace isn’t likely to ease up until mid-July. Rethinking how I organize my work day in an attempt to increase efficiency.
Daily writing practice streak: 152 days in a row of logging a minimum of 500 words daily in my WIP. Still feeling intermittently positive. Closing in on 100K words total.
This week: I have a rare string of blissfully unscheduled work days ahead, so I can really make headway in the mountain of tasks. I’m still dealing with this hamstring injury, so yoga hiatus continues. Brisk walking is about all I can handle. This coming weekend I’ll be headed to Ithaca for my oldest son’s graduation. Amazing.
Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
* Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling [yes]
* Daily writing practice [yes]
* Read peer pieces for writers’ group [not yet — had conflict and couldn’t attend group; still have reading and responding to do]
* Walk x3 [yes]
* Daily reading [yes]
This week’s creative/well-being intentions are a repeat:
* Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages and intention journaling
* Daily writing practice
* Walk x3 [T/Th/Fri]
* Daily reading
Last week’s FUN:
* HS baseball game with my little guys and dear friend Betsy Monday [yes!]
* Watch Game of Thrones with husband Monday night [yes!]
* Lunch with my son Matthew on Thursday [yes!]
This week’s FUN:
* Finish reading current issue of Poets & Writers
* Graduation weekend
I need to sand my paintings, which I will do this afternoon or evening.
I will then put binder medium on all my paintings, ready for the new coat.
I WILL organise all my ceramics tomorrow – bring them in, discard the stuff which isn’t working, line up the wax in the pot, put the books away, paint the backs of the mobile pieces with underglaze. This way I can put the mobile pieces in to be glazed.
I will take some photos of my felt work and put it up on Etsy. I will do this on saturday.
Clear and assertive list, Molly! Nice. How did it go?
I’m too late for this week, but plan to create goals for the coming week. Love reading yours Miranda and Molly. Inspiring!
Wonderful, Joyous — jump on in!