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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ February 23, 2015

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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. It feels so good to be making headway with my WIP after so many months of not writing.

    Last week was not as productive as I’d imagined, in part because of school vacation week. I did, however, complete the dreaded tax planner and got that in the mail today, which feels like a minor victory.

    Weekly meeting with my mastermind group this morning — love, love, love the in-person accountability.

    Last week’s intentions:
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Following No S Diet & IF [yes]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Blog post [yes — a repost]
    * Weekday writing practice quota [mostly]
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga) [yes — 6 days]
    * Project Life [no]

    This week is another repeat:
    * Daily journaling
    * Following No S Diet & IF
    * Lots of reading
    * Blog post [archive Wednesday]
    * Weekday writing practice quota
    * Exercise at least 5x (walk or yoga)
    * Project Life [Friday]

    February 23, 2015
  2. Reblogged this on woolymewes.

    February 24, 2015
  3. Maureen #

    Last week intentions
    * three sun salutations (its too cold out to walk but maybe..)(One SS, three stationary bike rides)
    * bring a drawing to completion plus last weeks, so two (yes 1 drawing)
    * build shelving in basement, plastic snap together so should be a snap(no)
    * trip to goodwill to rid stuff (no)
    * email an art center who put out a call for proposals and tell them I am interested. (no)

    hmm.
    got more nos than yeses last week… some weeks are like that.
    this week
    *still want to email art center so will do after this listing here
    * frame one picture to see how this bamboo frame will work with wiring
    technique i use usually.
    * draw another drawing to completion
    * yoga one plank, one DD a day at least and maybe SS will come naturally
    * re assign one pile contents to proper new locations (filing)

    February 24, 2015
    • Some weeks are definitely like that….would it be helpful or annoying if you tried to schedule these tasks and activities when creating your list?

      February 27, 2015
  4. This is so right …. and so hard to do! Life got in the way of my life this week, and last…. but I will start afresh tomorrow!

    February 26, 2015

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