Friday, November 20, 2009

*8 Things: Your Creative Rhythm

My creative rhythms... I've actually been thinking about this alot lately.  Especially in the mornings when I'm so MIS-focused and the kids need to get to school.

1.  I'm a morning-ish person.  I don't wake up super early, but after coffee and reading a little of something, I just want to get to work.

2. Clutter distracts me.  A quick 5 minute pickup around the house and my focus is greatly improved. 

3.  Dust... what dust?  It's taken me years, but I really am letting go/trying to let go of the need for pristine, shiny clean all through the house.  My studio is clean, my kids rooms are war zones.  Set your priorities and choose your battles.

4.  Establish boundaries.  For me, it's my physical space.  Anything that is not mine or doesn't have a reason to be here, gets put outside my studio.  With kids ages 7 and 9 this is tricky, but asking "Does this belong here?" usually works.

5.    Make a plan, and then go with the flow.  I make lists (the hourly scheduling thing doesn't appeal to me), but sometimes I find the thing that doesn't make it on the list - a necklace, a painting, whatever - jumps to the front of my brain.  If I stick to the list I can putter along,  but if I give myself the freedom to skip the list, that other "thing" usually rockets out, gets done and rocks.  I've tried explaining this to non-creative types, but they don't get it.  Maybe it's a procrastinator/non-conformist thing.

6.  Make a plan, and stick to it...contradictions, I know... for the boring stuff.  I've started using a whiteboard on my fridge for meal planning.  These are not gourmet meals, people, but thinking ahead for a dreaded chore really helps.

7.  Accept your creative process may be different than anyone else, find ways to make it work for you.  I jump around between many techniques and mediums and work on several projects at once.  I have at least 5 necklaces in my head, I have pieces for most, but am still looking for some special accents.  So I bought 5 necklace design boards to layout everything, so I can get keep working and spend less time packing/unpacking, moving and sorting the same beads.

8.  Ask for help.  See number 1.  7:00 to 8:30 am are pure torture for me - getting the kids up, dressed, non-stinkified and to school on time is a battle.  Lots of yelling and overall grumpiness because I am conflicted.... I want to get to work, my brain and hands are ready... and they are kids.  Any suggestions for making mornings better for all of us.  Beyond me getting up earlier and making charts for the kids, those I know, I just need to, and WILL, implement.

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