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Your Creative Intentions: The Monday Post ~ June 29, 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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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. maureen #

    aarrg, I can’t believe I left page before submitting my post! it was good and long and funny! ok
    this week be more careful

    June 30, 2015
  2. Seems to be party time over here — having a great time going out and having fun with friends as opposed to doing my work or writing my book. At the advice of two coaches I work with, I am going to go easy on myself and see all of this as part of the adventure of my major life transition.

    I joined Cathy Yardley’s online writers’ group and I’m excited about that.

    Last week’s plan:
    * Daily writing sessions, 3:00 am [no]
    * Daily/evening planning [partly but not enough]
    * Daily journaling [not daily]
    * Exercise at least 5x [yes, x7]
    * 30 hours client billables [16 hours — only half of target]

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

    June 30, 2015
  3. I have to agree with you a little planning and it can be done. In my case my art and writing were on hold while the kids were young and I used to play with them with paint, however this led to me having two artists in the family and neither of them were me. So much for planning.

    July 11, 2015

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