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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ January 19, 2015

Stephen King 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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7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for the link! I’m always looking for creative things that have to do with my girls!

    January 19, 2015
  2. Maureen #

    hello,
    This week
    *Draw for two sessions, one hour each , get gone into the zone
    * breathe with free you tube videos for spiritual meditations and relaxation
    * walk in woods with husband Saturday morn
    * birthday party prep for son, attempt to coax them off video games with…
    .. to be determined ( but my dream is potato battery making)

    January 19, 2015
    • Nice, Maureen! And geez, if *anything* will pull a boy away from screen time, the mysterious promise of potato battery making is surely it!

      January 20, 2015
  3. New here, but I love this weekly goal idea. I’m going to start simple…well simple-ish I just started my own blog this past Friday, and its my goal to put a new post up everyday Monday-Saturday so, this week I’m going to make it my goal to have a new post up every day till Saturday. Wish me luck!

    January 19, 2015
    • Yay, Leeann! And good luck! 😀

      January 20, 2015
  4. Reblogged this on theraotown.

    January 19, 2015
  5. I’m posting my intentions a day late, but the week is off to a great start. Feeling connected to the bigger picture and what matters.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Following No S Diet [yes, combined with IF (intermittent fasting)]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Blog post [draft half-way complete]
    * Weekday writing practice quota [not in scheduled blocks]
    * Project Life [yes]

    This week:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet & IF
    * Lots of reading
    * Blog post
    * Weekday writing practice quota: T-F at 12:30 pm
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga)
    * Project Life

    January 20, 2015

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