As I told subscribers today, I'm feeling confidant with the HABIT part of this project. Every morning after getting the kids' breakfasts, I sit down at the table and work in my sketchbook. For me, it works better to have it be a set part of our routine, rather than a specific time like 7:30 a.m. I work for about 10-20 minutes and then I get my own breakfast and take my photo. Afterwards, I go about with my other responsibilites. I do this morning habit on weekdays and weekends, every single day.
After lunch, I'm starting to build in a block of time to work on larger projects like painting and collage. This isn't quite habit for me yet but I'm working on it. I have a trigger--an action that signals it is now time to begin the new habit. After lunch, we clean up dishes and put on the teakettle. When the tea is ready, that's my signal to take it upstairs to my desk and get to work. I have my space and supplies ready for work. I put on headphones to signal to my kids that I'm working ("I'm busy, go ask your dad!") I set a new rule for myself: No Computer Allowed at my upstairs workspace. That helps me get going and not 'work' on the computer. The last key part is to always have a project started. That's the hardest--getting started--so no quitting for the day until I know how I'll begin the next the day. I'm trying to do the afternoon habit every day that I'm home for lunch, so most days. This block of time should help me to explore the CREATIVE part of this project which is the part I'm struggling with.
When I was a teacher, I talked about setting kids up to succeed. I made sure that my students had the tools that they needed and time to figure things out. I made sure they knew I was available to help if they needed it. Do the same for yourself. Make sure that you have the right tools and enough time. Make sure that you ask for help if you need it. Set yourself up for success. Begin with the habit part and the creativity will follow.