You can only hand so many hours of your day over to other people before there is none left. Even if there are some left, you may have lost the clarity, the energy and the capacity to do anything with them.
Read further about how his ‘calendar anorexia’ is the secret to his success.
Retirees: Isn’t a little free time what you aimed for all those years?
I hope you come away with a few ‘aha!’ moments.
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I’ve been a little lax in sending you resources and my study of Leonardo da Vinci [Yeah, as if he knows anything…] bore out how important sketching, scribbling, etc. was to his process. It was very much his way of thinking and learning. I’m guessing that somewhere in his thousands of notebook pages he also just plain loosened up with his quill pen on paper made from cloth pounded into a pulp.
So, here are a few links to nudge you toward putting pen/pencil/charcoal/lipstick/crayon to paper…
By the way–this drawing/sketching/doodling thing? Make it just for you.
Check that annoying purveyor-of-resistance, audience-looking-over-your-shoulder master of self-doubt** at the door. And if all you do is a little doodling to loosen up for your next creative project, bravo!
It’s not easy to crank up the momentum and confidence needed to fill your pages.
After breakfast, I launched into decluttering…even before shaving and cleaning up. Not only did I feel grungy [counterproductive in its own right]
A. I wasn’t writing.
B. I was wasting that precious morning buzz [i.e. creative energy] on sifting through and boxing ‘stuff’.
C. I didn’t crank out that initial ‘first 100 words’ on paper, a practice I started when I homed in on mindfully ‘showing up’ to my creative projects.
D. I was getting annoyed by A. and B and C.
Luckily, choosing to reconnect with a former student and a former teaching colleague, I did get my keyboarding fingers moving and real words [with value, even!] danced across the screen. AND I’ve even resisted the urge to turn on the AFC Championship game.
So, I guess the lesson for today is: Don’t give up hope. You can rise above all kinds of obstacles, even the self-imposed ones, and move forward with your projects.
NOTE: If your word processor offers the ‘Focus’ feature that displays just your text–no distracting menus, programs running in the background–give it a try.
Last fall, I subscribed to the Washington Post’s Bold School email newsletter, aimed toward an audience ‘beyond 50’. Thank you to the Post’s Vicky Fogg for this valuable weekly delivery.
Here is an excerpt from today’s newsletter:
“Familiar music can comfort us, while listening or playing unfamiliar music challenges us by forcing our brains to work to make sense of the new sound.”
As I write this, I’m listening to a Peter, Paul, and Mary song [Ballad of Spring Hill] I’d never before heard, thanks to a Spotify playlist shared by Vicky. And now, Mama Tried by Merle Haggard and the Strangers…and now, the instrumental On Interstate 15 by Wall of Voodoo. [Had never heard of this group before. I like the sound.]
Keep thinking ‘try new’.
No matter how seemingly insignificant, ‘new’ injects a bit of interest into your day, your way of thinking, your creative process.
She compiled the list from a number of sources. A few favorites below…
from Jacob Cass at Just Creative Designs: “Mindmap. Whether you use key words, images, colours, a hierarchy system, numbers, outlines, circles or random words, mindmapping gets your creative juices flowing.”
from Steve Pavlina: “Architect a worthy challenge. If a task is too easy, you don’t need to be particularly creative, so your creative self will simply say, “You can manage this one without me.”
from Alison Motluk: “Seek out creative company. The best ideas are forged not in moments of solitary genius, but during exchanges with trusted colleagues.” [Note: Austin Kleon calls this creative company a ‘scenius‘.]