Tons of Time for Creativity
Kate Yandoh on Creativity
Well, I haven't sent my Sirius dial down to check out Howard, but I do spend a lot more time than I thought on their Martha Stewart Living Channel: the programming goes way beyond canapes and do-it-yourself snow globes (not that there's anything wrong with those.)
Here are a few tips I heard on there from creativity coach Eric Maisel: how to start 2006 with plenty of time to finally bring into existence the projects you wish you had the time to do. The fact that my first reaction to the card exercise was 'Who'd have the time for that?' probably means I need to deck my floors.
Creators, start your engines...
- Pick a distant target date for the completion of a big project. In your mind's eye, slowly move through the calendar year toward your target date, experiencing the generous and even vast amount of time at your disposal between now and your completion date.
-Picture painting enough paintings for a show, composing a suite of songs, writing a dozen short stories. How many days and weeks are required? Let your intuitive understanding about the amount of time required inform how you plan for the coming months.
- Get seven decks of cards with similar backs. Lay out all seven decks on your living room rug, backs showing. This is a year of days (give or take). Let the magnitude of a year sink in. Experience this wonderful availability of time. (This is a powerful exercise.)
- Carefully count the number of days between two widely-separated holidays, for instance New Year's Day and the Fourth of July. Envision starting a large project on that first holiday (today!) and completing it by the second.