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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ December 30, 2013

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A regular creative practice — 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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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Are you feeling ready for 2014??

    I’m basking in some serious planning tools over here — over the past few weeks I’ve put together a new DIY planning binder that incorporates my favorite tools and forms — getting ready for a mega New Year’s reflection and planning session tomorrow night.

    Glad to say that while my daily writing practice is on temporary hiatus, I’ve been sitting every morning for more than a week (20-30 minutes), which feels so, so good. Still journaling up a storm, too.

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting [yes]
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [yes]
    * Continue workday focus and output [yes]
    * Holiday projects and tasks [yes — and now it’s all done, put away, cleaned up]
    * If there’s a window, Project Life session during the weekend [no]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Daily sitting
    * Daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Continue workday focus and output
    * New Year’s Eve planning session
    * Project Life sessions [going to try to get a few things done while dinner is simmering, etc.]

    December 30, 2013
  2. What a colorful, happy blog!

    January 2, 2014

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