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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ May 4, 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. My goal this week is to schedule a blog post for everyday of this week and upload photos from my phone to add on the posts. I have all these photos and never load them to the blog. I like blogging on my computer rather than my phone. I also made a blogging calendar to help me with content. So far so good 🙂

    May 4, 2015
    • Awesome, kaymac! The blogging calendar is a GREAT tool. Good for you!

      May 4, 2015
  2. Maureen #

    intentions for last week were met, even biz cards ordered.

    this week
    Yoga tape everyday – Monday check
    walk for my heart three times in the sunshine
    complete two paintings that are each half done.
    ( I worked first on them today after yoga, hurrah, so I plan on keeping that up).
    title them, take their photo, tag them
    tag all the drawings on the back
    pack over weekend all the art, at least begin to
    post to peoples reminders for the show
    continue duties as personal assistant to children, haha
    oh yea
    Happy Mothers day all!

    May 4, 2015
    • Yay, Maureen! But please, don’t get to EVERYTHING on your to-do list again, or you’ll make the rest of us look like slackers! 😉

      May 4, 2015
      • Maureen #

        By the end of today maybe I’ll get close, its Monday the 11th.
        last week the 4th – 10
        Yoga tape everyday – Monday check, (did two more times so not everyday)
        walk for my heart three times in the sunshine (yes)
        complete two paintings that are each half done. (yes) had to for show
        title them, take their photo, tag them (no)
        tag all the drawings on the back (yes)
        pack over weekend all the art, at least begin to (yes, drawings packed)
        post to peoples reminders for the show (yes)
        continue duties as personal assistant to children, (yes, ortho , baseball game, no karate though)
        we are out of milk, bread, butter so no shopping was done

        May 11, 2015
  3. Last week was productive on the client work front (my target was 30 hours of billables and I hit 29 hours 20 minutes), and as of May 1, I’ve resumed my daily writing practice with a goal of finishing my manuscript by the end of August. I use Scrivener, which helpfully calculates the daily quota needed in order to meet that target. I’m going to try to keep the daily chain going. I’m SO happy to have recommitted to the daily practice.

    On Friday, I’m the closing act at the Creativity Coaching Association’s special one-day Creativity Coaching Tele-Summit: “Catch the Creativity Wave: Success Strategies for Growing Creativity!” Listen to one or all five of the live talks — it’s free! Would love for you to join us! Details here: http://bit.ly/1F23WaU

    Last week’s plan:
    * Daily/evening planning [yes]
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * 1-hour writing session [yes!]
    * Following No S Diet [bumpy, but back on track]
    * Lots of reading [yes]
    * Exercise at least 3x [yes]

    This week’s plan:
    * Daily/evening planning
    * Daily journaling
    * Daily writing session
    * Following No S Diet
    * Lots of reading
    * Exercise at least 3x (walk or yoga)
    * 30 hours client billables

    May 4, 2015
  4. It’s like you have a little periscope into my life and send me the right messages at the right time. Writing my story now, and discovering so much. Plans this week – 400 words on blog book, 1-2000 words on novel, and another blog post plus I bought 4 new books at the airport! Some reading to be had…(which mans less wine…. )

    May 6, 2015

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