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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ November 25, 2013

Rollo May quote

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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17 Comments Post a comment
  1. This week, I find my mornings deliciously free, and I intend to dedicate them to writing: a short story and maybe an essay as well.

    November 25, 2013
    • How did it go, Sharon? xo

      December 2, 2013
      • I’ve got the first draft of the essay and about two-thirds of a draft of the short story. I’m pretty happy!

        December 2, 2013
      • Awesome!!

        December 3, 2013
  2. Reblogged this on For Your Family.

    November 25, 2013
  3. Reblogged this on Running Into Life and commented:
    Even though I haven’t been committing to creativity or the blog lately, this gives me something to think about and strive for as I get tangled in other directions. . .

    November 25, 2013
    • Happy tangling, runningtolife! 🙂

      December 2, 2013
  4. Last week slipped away, but there was a smidgen of dedicated studio time that felt like “ahhhh!”. This week, well I’ll have to see, do have to get some work in on a painting. That is a must.

    November 25, 2013
    • Hope you got your painting time, rkb665. Let us know how it’s going!

      December 2, 2013
  5. A little tired today after staying up to watch the Pats beat the Broncos in overtime….although I wasn’t too tired to taunt my husband, who is a Broncos fan and was SURE his team would win 🙂

    Daily writing practice (minimum of 500 words — streak is at 21 days). This weekend I also managed a bonus Project Life session, which was gratifying.

    Reading Russell Banks’s “Continental Drift,” which I hadn’t read before. Tough to get through, but it certainly keeps me awake when I would otherwise be falling asleep.

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

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

    November 25, 2013
  6. My intention is to design a workout for my Boot Campers that will kick their asses tomorrow night and send them into Thanksgiving weekend on a high note!

    November 25, 2013
  7. here’s mine:

    November 25, 2013
    • What a great list! Do let us know when your new little one arrives…holding thumbs!

      December 2, 2013

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