on stage, i was always focused on being in the moment and playing my part. i was able to concentrate on my personal work, on my individual contribution...
as i got older and became a director, i had to shift this focus into being responsible for the big picture, developing timelines that involved many people, and creating performance outcomes that depended largely on my ability to be organized.
this was an enormous leap for me!
there were (and still are) many messy moments in my learning curve.
becoming an innkeeper has been an important part of the shift.
when i first started reading blogs as well as writing my own, i constantly thought:
how do all these talented people produce such beautiful, prolific work on a regular basis? i can barely keep up with my life! i'm always flying by the seat of my pants, winging it, putting out fires, and running to catch up with myself...
slowly, i realized that for me, blogging is like directing a show. seeing the whole picture and planning ahead are immensely helpful if i want to bring my artistic vision to life.
watching other bloggers and writing every day has helped me tremendously. in bits and pieces, i have very gently learned to think ahead and have regular planning sessions.
it has been difficult for me to acquire this skill but it has reduced my anxiety, allowed me to produce better work, and enabled me to enjoy the process more.
two things that have worked for me with planning sessions: keeping it simple (short bursts of time) + keeping it consistent (every day/week at the same time)...
i will admit that planning isn't my favorite part of being an artist, but it makes my actual creative time so much more fulfilling and free.
what about you, dear guests? do you have planning sessions for your creative work? i'm still learning and would love to hear from you.