Fall is upon us, and once again I haven’t done as much painting and drawing over the Summer as I would have liked to do. Time really gets away from me sometimes. With my family, teaching, and volunteering for LAA, I rarely have a spare moment these days. Once in a while, though, I get a little time “windfall” when I could do whatever I want. However, I am usually not prepared to take advantage of that windfall. I blow off the opportunity and do something that’s not as satisfying, like laundry or housekeeping...or surfing the internet. So, I’ve been considering how to help myself take advantage of those time windfalls, and I think the key is to be prepared. By that I mean, have your workspace ready to go, have a list of projects you want to work on, have a procedure you follow whenever you start a work session and so on. For the September Member Handout, I quoted an excerpt from a blog post by writer Sonia Simone talking about developing a process/habit that works for you. To quote Sonia, “For creative work you want to do consistently, like blog posts or podcast episodes, it’s a lifesaver to have a familiar, repeatable process you use every time.” She’s talking about writing, but this really applies to all creative work. How do you prepare for your time windfalls? If you structure your creative time and don’t rely on stolen moments (like me), what steps do you recommend for getting into the creative groove in order to make progress? I’d love to hear your ideas! Email me at: email@example.com and next Member meeting, I will share your ideas in the slideshow and handout. You can also leave comments on the blog post as soon as our web team uploads the President’s note.
Yours in creativity
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