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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ November 18, 2013

Lau Tzu

Commit to a regular creativity practice. Regularity — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying 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, which 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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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. i’ve blog posted nearly every day this month …. i’ve done art every day this month ….. so i will continue on with both of those trends …. whew!

    November 18, 2013
  2. Reblogged this on For Your Family and commented:
    The Monday Post!

    November 18, 2013
  3. Resuming my daily writing practice (minimum of 500 words — streak is at 14 days now) after a break for several months feels like welcoming a dear old friend. My little guys were sick this weekend, so while we were housebound I was able to so some structural work on my novel: scene organization in my spreadsheet, reworking flow as well as GMC (goals, motivation, conflict). Important and energizing work, even though I have a few more knots to unravel.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Finish and send selection from WIP for November’s writers’ group [yes]
    * Continue improvements in workday focus and output [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * More structural work on WIP
    * Continue improvements in workday focus and output

    November 18, 2013
  4. Daily work on my memoir as well as well as writing daily morning pages (journaling idea I got from The Artist Way book by Julia Cameron several years ago).

    November 18, 2013
    • Awesome, musingsimplicity! We’re big fans of morning pages over here….

      November 21, 2013
  5. I’m also recommitting to my morning pages- its funny how I will drop this habit- even when I know how important this practice is to my overall well being.
    I’m also doing NaNoWriMo – which has actually been a double edge sword- I’ve written a lot, only to realize what I’ve written may not be the direction I’d like to go- I’m trying to trust the process.
    Best to each of you this week

    November 18, 2013
    • Major kudos to you for doing NaNo, Amelia. Do trust the process. The best news about writing something that you might not ultimately be crazy about is that it helps you figure out what you ARE crazy about. It’s all vital work, even if you were to one day decide to delete every single one of your 50K words. It’s practice. TRUST.

      November 21, 2013
  6. My intention is to deeply reflect on the Lao Tzu quote and continue to spend some energy every day on edging closer to my artistic goals.*

    *I know this sounds vague but I’m moving in two weeks and have had to temporarily pack up my studio life.

    November 20, 2013
    • It’s important to honor transitions, artsy — be extra nice to yourself right now, whatever that might mean for you!

      November 21, 2013

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