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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ February 16, 2015

Steven Pressfield

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. My intentions for the week:

    1) Teach yoga to others at least twice this week.

    2) Take at least two yoga classes of differing styles. Bikram yoga seems particularly appealing right about now, considering the fact that the temp was -3 when I woke up.

    3) Meditate daily. Finding a consistent time to do this can be a particularly daunting challenge for me, because my schedule fluctuates from day to day.

    February 16, 2015
    • Nice, Andy! How did your week go?

      February 23, 2015
  2. Happy to be part of the in-person mastermind group I’ve joined here on the island. Within the framework of my five-year goals, I’ve articulated my goals for the rest of this session (to June). Which means…..back to my early-morning writing practice. Was up at 5:00 this morning — going to finish my WIP before summertime.

    Also this week, the dreaded tax planner. Will be great to get that out of the way.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Following No S Diet & IF [yes]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Blog post [draft not yet compete — did not work on it further]
    * Weekday writing practice quota [yes]
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga) [yes — 6 days]
    * Project Life [no]

    This week is a repeat:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet & IF
    * Lots of reading
    * Blog post
    * Weekday writing practice quota
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga)
    * Project Life

    February 16, 2015
  3. Maureen #

    hi all,
    last weeks intentions
    walk 45 minutes three times( yes to twice)
    bring a drawing to completion ( almost)
    pay attention to kids more (yes,haha)
    cut stencils for workshop (yes)
    look at tai chi video (no)
    went to museum with family ( no)
    went out to art opening with gal pals ( yes)
    ordered frames (yes)

    this week
    * three sun salutations (its too cold out to walk but maybe..)
    * bring a drawing to completion plus last weeks, so two
    * build shelving in basement, plastic snap together so should be a snap
    * trip to goodwill to rid stuff
    * email an art center who put out a call for proposals and tell them I am interested.

    Miranda, I took tai chi for seven years and practiced daily. now it has been seven years since I left class… practiced on my own for a good two years after then began to have longer and longer stretches of time between doing the full form, so beginning to forget now…

    February 17, 2015
  4. I’d made it a goal to be productive but I have not gotten serious about being creative. It’s one of the things that always falls off the table. I enjoy reading what other people are managing to fit in. So after being ridiculously sick for what has now been weeks, I really feel all the things I’ve let slide.
    I have written two blog posts, translating frustration into words and a little relief. I hope to organize a few ideas for upcoming posts. I have also been forming a picture in my head that I would like to do some drawings of with a view to getting it on canvas. I am carrying around a call-for-entries postcard and I am determined to get something started. The plan is also to get to the gym at least two days and walk the other days.

    April 12, 2015

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