October 17

Creative Time and Space…Week 1

Posted by lori . 7 Comments


I can’t believe it, but this will be my final creative book study for 2011!  What a wonderful year this has been for me.  It’s been a year of re-awakening my creative dreams and passions, but one issue I’m still struggling with is time.  That’s why I selected the book, Creative Time and Space by Ricë Freeman-Zachary, as my next book.

The book is divided into two sections:  Creative Time and Creative Space, both five chapters long.  The first chapter is “Exploring Time:  What Exactly Does ‘Time’ Mean to You?”  I remember while going through the book, Creative Is a Verb, Patti Digh talked about embracing the six creativity killers by using “both/and” thinking instead of “either/or” thinking.  Hearing that for the first time was very impactful, and I gave up the fantasy of, “When this happens, then I’ll be able to…”  But, I still find myself struggling with execution.

Ricë asks us to explore our attitudes about time in a variety of ways…listing things we do that we consider creative and things we do that we consider non-creative; listing things we do where we lose track of time; and listing the parts of our day that fly by and the parts of our day that go slow.  Then, she encourages us to re-think how we think about time by infusing it with stories, adventure and blurring the line between “real life” and “creative life.”

This week, I made a conscious effort to make every thing I did an expression of creativity.  I was AMAZED at how it changed the way I thought about my time.  I’m generally an upbeat person, but I felt absolutely giddy at certain points in the week because I brought so much joy and fun into the things I was doing.  I certainly noticed activities that I could cut or prioritize differently, and I definitely need to do more with planning what I want/need to do during the day as opposed to seeing what’s “happening” during the day; but shifting the way I think about how my time is spent was dramatic and inspiring.  I’m excited!

You’ll also notice a new button under “What I’m Doing” on my sidebar.  I’m participating in a challenge from Oh, Hello, Friend called, “twelve by 2012″…12 things you want to get done by December 31st.  Here’s my list:

twelve by 2012

1.  Add 50 items to my Etsy shop.

2.  Window treatments on all my windows.

3.  Complete the Right-Brain Business Plan Home Study e-Course.

4.  Hire Mary G. to come over and consult on furniture arrangement.

5.  Clean and organize the basement.

6.  Organize my paper/files.

7.  Send Christmas cards.

8.  Exercise/move every day, starting today.

9.  Measure all the rooms for carpet/flooring estimate.

10.  Create a birthday list.

11.  Write creatively for 5 hours every week.

12.  One more round of blog improvements.

I’ll let you know in a future post or posts how I do.

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7 Responses to " Creative Time and Space…Week 1"

  • houndstooth says:

    I hadn’t thought about the connection of time with creativity before, but I can definitely see it! I love your enthusiasm about the new book and your new way of thinking. 🙂

    You sure have a lot of things on your list to get to before the end of the year! You are a lot more organized than me. I saw you mention Christmas cards — be sure to check our blog about that tomorrow!

    • lori says:

      I thought that was a fun challenge. Certainly the boost I need to get a few things done. Some of them aren’t as “big” as they may seem. The biggies are the Etsy shop items…I have to get moving on this dream; the basement…yuck, I’m going to have to “time chunk” that project out; and the paper/files…I hate organizing papers because I’m a hoarder and hoarders love paper. It will be fun to report on my progress and that really helps me keep on track.

      You have me all curious now…can’t wait for tomorrow’s post!

  • Declan says:

    Hi. Thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to meeting your gang too! Deccy x

  • Kari says:

    Wow sounds like a great list. I need to look into that. I have a ton I need to get done!!

  • I’m so glad I found your blog through 12 by 2012! Your dogs are so gorgeous – Greyhounds are so sweet and I love that you’re giving them a lovely retirement. Good luck with your list!

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