Your life will be better if you take action on the things you avoid
There a three challenges I face on a regular basis and I figure if I have these challenges, I’m quite sure you will too.
1. Setting boundaries on creative time
CHALLENGE Setting boundaries on my time has been an eternal problem for me. It’s been a challenge forever. I blame the kids (now I have them) but having always worked for myself, I have been challenged to setting boundaries on my time when I am not with clients. I got in the habit of blaming other people and now I realise the only person to blame is me. How can others know what my boundaries are if I am not clear on them myself? My kids have learnt the toilet is a place where I am not to be interrupted. Now I coach clients from home (via Skype) they are good with my boundaries there. But and it’s a BIG but, setting up boundaries for my creative time is a lot harder. Harder because I don’t give myself permission to hold that space. YET!
SOLUTION Join me in creating a weekly schedule that outlines how I plan to spend my days each week and be clear on boundaries. If I plan to be creative on Monday and Thursday mornings because they are my client free times, I am going to make that happen. I will block out the time in my schedule and tell myself and other people that I am not available for that 2-3 hour period for anything other than creativity. If I am drawn to the laundry to do the washing or someone invites me to the cafe I will clearly state to myself that my creative time is not to be interrupted. It needs to be treated like a specialist appointment that I have waited months for. A non-negotiable.
2. Knowing what to do in my ‘creative time’
CHALLENGE Sometimes I am good at making creative time happen and then find myself staring at my computer resisting the urge to go to social media to avoid the hard stuff. I make an effort to put my phone away and set a timer. Then I realise I don’t have a plan and get frustrated and confused. This is not helpful and stifles my creativity.
SOLUTION Have a plan. In your first session of creative time, when it’s all set up and raring to go, plan how that time will be spent. Get your ‘one thing’, that big hairy audacious goal you are working towards (I’ll talk about goals in my third challenge) and brainstorm. Get out of your head, all the things that you need to do to make that goal happen. Focus on the things needing to be done, not on how you will do them. Then give those things an order. Each night (or morning) when you plan your day ahead, write what you will use that creativity time for and make it happen.
Feed creativity. Create more than you consume. ~Dan Norris
Your brain may challenge you. If you find your thoughts going in all directions and wanting you to change your plans that were so carefully made, resist! Follow your plans as you laid them out and good things will happen.
3. Not having a goal to work towards
CHALLENGE Without a goal it is difficult to get clear on what to do in your creative time. Having a goal gives purpose and clarity and will make it much easier to set up boundaries. My goal is to build my email list and social media following with The Lilac Lounge so that I can reach as many people as possible to provide value and help them find their awesome. There are so many steps I need to do to make this happen. To create great content in order to provide value to as many people as possible I needto have an editorial calendar, a social media calendar, a schedule to host my first webinar and the list goes on.
SOLUTION Create a goal that you want to achieve by a certain date. Since you (and I) are just starting out your goal could be for the end of 2016 with the plan to set a new goal for the end of 2017. Write it down and put it somewhere you see it every day. Think about it every time you schedule your day, the night before and then again when you sit down to be creative. You’ll be amazed at the change you will see. I have done it before and let it slip so we are both in this together. Believe you can.
There are risks and costs to action…But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.~Kennedy
This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1