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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ April 20, 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. OK… tomorrow a blog post (very overdue!). Also have to make a workplan – have been offered a book deal based on my blog so have 70,000 words to produce by end of August… so I have to get into a groove and write that every day. On top of this thought I want to continue with my novel… and the day job! I feel a summer of no TV coming on! So, I’ll come back to you with my workplan…. how many words a day I think I can realistically achieve outside of my work… thanks for the reminders!

    April 20, 2015
  2. Last week I’d aimed to plan my days the evening before, in order to ensure my quota of billable hours. While in some instances I ended up making the plan in the morning, this strategy was quite effective. I hit my target of 30 billable hours, which felt like a major accomplishment given that I was solo with the kids all week and the house is on the market. I also finished reading two books.

    I had a good meeting with my mastermind group this morning, and have committed to logging 30 client hours again this week, as well as following No S every weekday and getting in at least 3 walks. Also feeling like it’s time to reinstate my meditation practice, so I’m working on that as well, even if I end up sitting in the evening as opposed to the morning (the latter being my usual preference).

    So many thoughts about my novel are swirling in my mind….I hesitate to commit to it, but I’d very much like to make time for a writing session. Will slate that for Wednesday.

    This week:
    * Daily/evening planning
    * Daily journaling
    * 1-hour writing session [Wednesday]
    * Following No S Diet & IF
    * Lots of reading
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga)

    April 20, 2015

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