a few more sticky notes…

sticky notes

I am nearly finished with Big Magic and as Kathy wrote: Yes the focus lends more to the creative practice of writing  – which makes absolute sense from the author’s perspective…as I mentioned in my previous post, my sticky notes are few; however, as I read on, several popped up for me, especially these:

  • p. 161: “have a torrid, furtive love affair with your creativity;”
  • pps 162 -164: dress the part. Clearly, depending on what creative endeavor we are doing, we “dress” for the occasion: gonna stitch a bit? wear a t-shirt that is emblazoned with the word “Stitch,” a spool of thread and needles… going for a walk to commune with Nature: don those walking shoes and smartphone earphones… going to mess in my art journal:  where’s my apron – you know, the one smeared with paint…
  • p. 175: next week’s ‘perfect plan’  reminded me of Scarlett O’Hara’s famous “I’ll think of that tomorrow” – often my refrain when I find myself being overburdened by too many creative ideas or feeling uncreative due to too many must-do items on my TDL (to do list)…or am I just seeking the elusive state of perfection that doesn’t exist and if it does, will I know it when /if I see it?

This week I’m trying a new toy/tool: a Pomodoro app on my iPhone/iPad. I have so many creative PiPs (projects in process…or not) that I am often overwhelmed with which to focus on next… too many creative sirens vying for my total attention. The constant battle in my mind doesn’t just interrupt my flow – it creates a dam and I find that I’m ending the day no further ahead than I was the day before, or even behinder. 

So, I’m using the app to see if I can get a realistic idea of how long it takes me to do things creative and mundane. Am I spending too much time during MSQT (morning solitude and quiet time) when I should/could be engaging in other creative pursuits? And do not get me wrong: MSQT, 6 -9 AM, is really my most creative time of the day: I read, write, reflect, sketch, plan, research, express gratitude in my journal, recall a memory and draft a “story…” I also have other creative endeavors that vy for my attention [too] and I think to myself that I am shirking them – ah, it’s a conundrum.

As I am writing this post, I am on my second Pomodoro and first break: 25 min per Pomodoro and a 5 min break. I think it’s time for me to move on and bring this post to a close – not because I’ve run out of words but because I have other creative endeavors I want to pursue before this day is ended…like take a walk and don my earphones…

To be continued…


This entry was written by Honoré and published on February 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm. It’s filed under Creativity, Honoré, Productivity, Self Care. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “a few more sticky notes…

  1. P161 quote is quite the invitation! I look forward to getting that far, only read and processed part 1 so far.
    I love reading about your processes & projects… I think I do the overwhelm/frozen thing often…so many directions/options/possibilities/…oh look a bright shiny bauble… ♥

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