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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ May 12, 2014

John Cleese creativity quote

A regular creative practice — a daily practice, if possible — is key to staying in touch with how you make meaning. Key to living, not postponing. (Let’s all agree to give up on “someday.”)

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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  1. Lots of birthday goings-on for my youngest last week (big 6!). Aside from Father’s Day, we now have a few months of respite from birthdays and major holidays. Phew.

    My husband is home this week, and I like having him typing away industriously at his laptop while sitting in my office. Helps me stay focused 🙂

    Lots and lots of editorial client work on the slate for this week, but I also plan to complete my Project Life catchup — and focus on the reinstatement of my morning routine. Other than that, staying on top of the house and praying for an offer!

    Last week’s creative/well-being intentions:
    * Ease back into daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling [yes]
    * Daily reading [no]
    * Working from my planner every day [yes]
    * Focus on client work this week — use planning sheets and timer [yes]
    * Project Life update [yes]

    This week’s creative/well-being intentions are a repeat:
    * Ease back into daily morning centering practice w/Morning Pages & intention journaling
    * Daily reading
    * Working from my planner every day
    * Focus on client work this week — use planning sheets and timer
    * Project Life update

    May 12, 2014
  2. maureen #

    hi all,
    preparing for the pt art teaching interview took most of my energy last week so nope on the studio organizing
    yes on dailey excersize of some sort
    yes on getting to the interview and surviving
    yes on writing thank you email for the interview
    yes on showing up for new event in small town near here called Art On the Town on Saturday the 10th, painters matched with buisnesses show up with easels and paint for four hours and set out their wares for sale, no bites but peeps showed interest, made a painting I am pleased with.
    this week *****
    catch up on quilting assignment
    paint on an auction promise I made many months ago
    daily stationary bike
    daily stretching
    put away corduroys in winter storage chest until the fall
    email the buisness I painted at a thank email and find out the name of the decision maker at the fancy dancy athlectic club so I can approach them to buy the painting I made.
    daily gratitude meditation

    May 12, 2014
    • Terrific update, Maureen! I look forward to seeing the next! 😀

      May 18, 2014
  3. As you say the fit it in around the edges does not work.

    My creative intentions for this week:

    Schedule the time each day

    follow through with the schedule

    May 12, 2014
  4. Hello,
    Last Thursday I started a challenge (set by myself!) to post a small painting every day for 30 days…

    After a couple of years at home with my children they are both now off to school. The days have opened up but the short school day has left me feeling squeezed for time. Does anyone else feel that way?

    I am six days in with twenty-four (and hopefully more) to go. On night Saturday I almost caved in and said “who cares?” but luckily my husband kept me honest. It is helping me improve my organisational skills and letting me work on my most favourite thing in the world – painting.

    Ok so there they are. My Creative Intentions for the next few weeks.

    -6 down 24 to go…..

    My site is

    from Sydney, Australia.

    May 13, 2014
    • Oh my gosh, Sarah, I know the feeling… I had such big plans for when my kids were finally in school, but here it is- the end of the school year and I feel like I got so little done…. sigh

      May 14, 2014
      • Yes, who would have thought?! I have tried the Pomodoro Technique this year (on and off)…it is worth a look as a time management tool. I get terribly distracted and it really helps me.

        May 14, 2014
      • Ooo… I’ll have to check it out. Time’s running out now, but I’m looking forward to Summer if not just for the escape from the “morning madness” of getting to everyone out the door by 7:30 am…

        May 15, 2014
    • So great that your husband is an accountability partner! I love Pomodoro too. Such a help in focusing.

      Your painting challenge is terrific — hopping over to your blog right now! xo

      May 18, 2014

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