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!
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.
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.