Surely I read that wrong! Me….plan nothing?! You’ve got to be kidding!
But that’s just what this month’s card from the ’52 Ways to Nurture Your Creativity’ states. Now that I’m not buried in the deadline-saturated, meeting-overloaded, and never-ending-task-list environment of a corporate career I can actually let a few to-do list items slide. But being a self-employed artist and photographer means days full of not just artistic endeavors but of tracking expenses, filling out exhibit applications, documenting artwork provenance records and keeping track supply inventories. So how does one live the creative life and still accomplish all the ancillary tasks of business and basic living?
The `’Planning Nothing’ card declares, “In a life that’s crammed with activity, the act of creation can become an agenda item, another line on a to-do list that also includes grocery shopping, picking up the dry cleaning, and Xeroxing those low-fat recipes you’re going to start cooking (tomorrow). Sometimes the muse won’t come out to play unless she’s guaranteed a prime time slot – not twenty minutes between dropping your daughter at softball and picking up your son at the library, but a luxurious stretch of time when nobody’s expecting you anywhere and your mind, soul and spirit are free to wander. Sometimes the best thing you can do for your creativity is nothing at all. You might find “down time” quite uplifting.”
So tomorrow I’m going to give myself permission for down time and tempt the muse to join me later in the week back in the studio.