90% Ville


Every Friday I write the 20 Minute Club Minutes–because using a timer for what I call the 20 Minute Technique can keep your creative momentum going in your busy, time-crunched life–20 minutes at a pop.

Please join in and share your 20 Minute Experiences in the Comments–good/bad, it’s all fair game, because sharing your experiences about the process is a great way to figure things out and increase your creativity.


While I often wax on about how great the 20 Minute Technique is for getting yourself jump-started, it’s also great for helping you truly finish something.

Because I’m always amazed at how long the walk is from being 90% done to being 100% done.

And this week has been all about that last 10%.

From setting the timer for an hour each day to help myself over a difficult hump with my how-to video for the (newly named) Byzantine Baubles Ornament Kit to enjoying several 20 minutes sessions here and there in order to really finish my collage triptych from last week’s Creative Breakthroughs Collage Tele-class.

With plenty more to go. On all project fronts.

Because everything in this last 10% area moves more slowly.

Why is that? I’ve been thinking about it all week. And it’s complicated.

Soooooo, I’m going to write about this issue next week, because in a few minutes,  my hubby and I are heading out the door to Quebec City!


Appreciating yourself is an important part of the 20 Minute Club because it helps you keep your creative momentum going.

Carving out the time to create is important of course, but it’s not enough. Getting (and eventually staying) on your own side is a critical factor for helping you take bigger risks with your work, get yourself out of a creative rut, or just enjoy the process more.

Taking the time to remember to appreciate yourself and all your efforts (big or small, creative or not) is a powerful way to make this happen.

Here are my five self-appreciations for this week:

1. I appreciate my continued commitment to look at art in person every week–even when I feel too busy, even when I feel like I can’t justify that kind of enjoyment.

2. I appreciate my courageous travels in 90%-ville this week on pretty much every front in my itty biz.

3. I appreciate that I bit the money bullet and made reservations a month ago for us stay in a cute B&B in Quebec City. Because I needed a break. And now–we’re actually on our way! It’s handy how that works.

4. I’m still appreciating my new business structures and how they’re helping me be productive.

5. I appreciate how I’m getting more comfortable calling upon my strengths, even when I feel weak.

Your Turn

How was your creative week? What are you working on? What are you appreciating about yourself?  Is September putting you in the mood to create?

Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you.

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  1. R.M. Koske says:

    I’m getting to do 20 minutes more and more often lately. I think what’s happening is that before, I’d toy with the idea of going and working on a project, but shut myself down with “but it’s at a hard point, and you don’t know what to do next” or “you won’t have time to finish/get anything worthwhile done,” and the timer stops both of those rather well. It’s okay if all I do is pull it out and look at it because it’s hard, and it is okay if I don’t accomplish much. It counts just the same, and weirdly, I usually feel accomplished for doing it even when that’s all that happens.

    It’s funny, I can see why it is working and still it is a wonderful surprise. Instead of stifling the urge to go create and sitting dissatisfied doing something pointless like websurfing, I go and I do it anyway. I’m afraid to trust that this will last, but wow, it would be great if it did.

    I did 20 minutes yesterday (on a Thursday! A weekday evening! That never happens!) and finished one of my experimental notebook covers. Tonight is the night I give myself a creative reward for all my hard work at building better housekeeping habits, so I’ll do more tonight. Maybe I’ll poke at my cozy winter sweater I’ve been knitting for two years and hope to finish this year, or do some brainwork on making the slippers that I really need already, or play with the notebook covers some more. I haven’t decided yet.

  2. Sandra Ludwig says:

    I haven’t exactly done 20 minutes, but I am working on some trades for an upcoming art retreat, plus some swaps. I kind of walk by my art table and do a little bit here and there, and that seems to be working.

    I still spend too much time online, though! Out of fear, I think I am procrastinating.

    Here are my five appreciations this week:

    1. I appreciate that I am keeping my time diary
    2. I appreciate that I am working on projects steadily.
    3. I appreciate that I am taking time to play with my pet rabbit and meet with friends.
    4. I appreciate that I signed up for Art-is-You after some deliberation.
    5. I appreciate that I am making more of an effort to connect with my mother.

  3. Sarah says:

    Yay Ruth Marie & Sandy! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Laura says:

    I appreciate that while working on the initial stages of a project that I needed to send out to others for input, I didn’t agonize over it or go crazy worrying that it wasn’t good enough to show to the others. I did it fairly quickly, gave it one more round of work, and then sent it out for feedback. Voila!

  5. [...] Last week, I alluded to the difficulties of being 90% done with something. And what a long walk it is to get from 90% done to 100% done. [...]

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