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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 8, 2015

Neil Gaiman

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!

If you would like to contribute a nature image for a future Monday Post, please send an e-mail to creativereality [at] live.com !

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8 Comments Post a comment
  1. anita ibeakanma #

    Reblogged this on Anita.com.

    June 9, 2015
  2. maureen #

    Hi All,
    last week I did wed,Thursday and Friday tasks but no go on the yoga tape
    walked enough but not sure of count
    dust bunny collecting ( no)
    studio organizing ( no)
    emptied wine box ( yes, finally)
    last day of school today so gearing up for summer -being the childcare during the day

    this week
    read book for mother daughter book club and attend wed.
    join ymca
    do some more studio organizing, – clear one table as a goal
    make a move on a painting/ collage , start “gluing” rice paper on
    enjoy children

    June 9, 2015
    • Good luck on your transition into summer holidays!

      June 9, 2015
      • maureen #

        Thank you, its usually strange, last year was the year of sleeping in, this year maybe more early morning walks.

        June 10, 2015
  3. I may have to flip that around… but at least that means the good writing day is tomorrow!

    June 9, 2015
    • We’ll take it where we can get it, Alana — lol xo

      June 9, 2015
  4. The biggest success of the past week was my re-commitment to regular writing practice. Had to embrace that an early-morning session is the only creative window I can depend on right now, and dependable is key, so….there you have it. Based on word count, on track to have a complete draft by the end of August. THIS IS THE SUMMER OF FINISHING MY NOVEL, DAMMIT.

    Last week’s plan:
    * Daily one-hour writing sessions [started daily on the weekend]
    * Daily/evening planning [partly]
    * Daily journaling [yes]
    * Exercise at least 3x [yes, 4]
    * 30 hours client billables [yet again only 20.5]
    * Ease back into morning practice routine [fits and starts]

    This week’s plan:
    * Daily writing sessions, 5:00 am
    * Daily/evening planning
    * Daily journaling
    * Exercise at least 5x (walk or yoga)
    * 30 hours client billables

    June 9, 2015
  5. I’ve just recently started to reclaim my personal time as a artist. My youngest child is 2 1/2 and my oldest is 6. In the last year, I have felt the intense need to carve out some creative time for myself and I have really made it a priority in the last 3 months. And with a regular writing practice and a couple creative projects on the go, I am so much happier. Thank you for the encouragement found in your blog. It is greatly appreciated.

    June 10, 2015

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