In the 2018 mini survey, several of you posed some variation of the same question:
How can I tap into my creative potential on a daily basis?
How can I craft a daily practice that is sustainable and moves me toward my goals?
How do you build a consistent creative habit?
How do you manage your day?
How do you manage your productivity?
Does it ever get easier to take action or does it require the same amount of conviction and motivation each time?
And instead of answering it in a tidy post that oversimplifies something that isn’t even simple (or tidy) for me, I thought I’d run a little public experiment to show you (and me), in real-ish time, how I’m working through my own time management/creative commitment issues.
(Because, yes—I have them, too.)
February is perfect for starting something new.
For one thing, it’s the shortest month. Also, January gets all the credit for being the fresh slate everyone pines after, but it’s important to me that we all give ourselves the permission to draw our own starting line.
We can commit to a daily practice any day or week we’d like, and we can decide that any month begins a new kind of year for us.
So, then: Beginning February 1st, I’ll share a daily report here, on my blog.
It will document my progress toward a long-imagined (but not yet executed) dream of creating a small book on wonder. (I wrote a good portion of the content in 2016, but there is still a ton of writing and editing to do, and I haven’t even begun the illustration work.)
I’m committing to showing up to do the work for an hour every day, every single day of the month, and I’m committing to full transparency with you about how that creative hour is spent, for better or for worse.
What will be included in each daily report?
My mood, my level of motivation, a rating for how well I slept the night before, the phase of the moon (why not, right?), and when/how I spend my designated ‘book-building’ hour each day.
I’ll also share my daily lesson (because I’m certain I’ll learn something every single day that I show up) in the form of a haiku.
Together, let's see what happens when I devote 28 hours of working time to something I very much want to actualize.
This feels both exciting and terrifying, which is how I know it’s a really good idea.
Bookmark this page to follow along daily.
(You don't do bookmarks? No biggie. My Tuesday newsletter will keep on keepin' on through February, but won't contain much more than simple links to my daily blog content; I'm buckling down and going at this book thing full tilt, so it gets all of my creative attention.)
Onward and upward!