Please close this window immediately if you do not want to think less of me. I am disclosing the truth about myself this morning. Okay.........here goes.......I am not always organized. Now, first let me say, when it comes to our orders and our customers, I am extremely on top of things. HOWEVER, when it comes to all the little thoughts and ideas that never stop in my mind, I. am. not. I have so many ideas for the business and for this blog, but when I'm busy keeping up with the day to day things, I just can't get to them......especially when my notes for things are everywhere. You see, I have discovered a habit. As soon as creative genius enters my mind, I grab the nearest piece of scrap paper and write it down. Later, when I want to take another look and decide whether or not it really was creative genius, I can't find where I wrote it. I can visualize the piece of paper, but can't find it. Too many small pieces of scrap papers pile up on one side of my desk until something like an avalanche occurs. Then I have to spend an entire day going through all the notes and rewrite them into a journal that I have just for these kind of thoughts. Yes, that was my Sunday....complete waste of time and a Sunday. The sensible person would probably be asking why doesn't she just write them down in the journal to begin with. No idea what so ever. Anyway, all this leads me to a point. I picked up a book yesterday that my artist friend recommended called The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. The first review on the back of the book sold me. I appreciate that they acknowledge that it won't be anything you don't already know.
"An entertaining 'how to' guide. The Creative Habit isn't about getting the lightning bolt of inspiration, but rather the artistic necessity of old-fashioned virtues such as discipline, preparation and routine."
-Cathleen McGuigan, Newsweek
I also liked a page I opened to that said...
Creativity is not just for artists. It's for business people looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way.
Have any of you read this? Since I was brave enough for full disclosure here, what habit is getting in the way of your creative life?