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Making Space aka Decluttering and Letting Go

I’ve been aware of 100 day projects for a while now. The ones that help creatives (or not so creatives) create creative habits. The one I discovered and have decided to commit to is #The100 DayProject -starting (yesterday) April 6, 2015!! luna-100dayproject-pledge1

Artist Elle Luna came across the idea while at Yale School of art thanks to teacher Micheal Beirut who sets this assignment to graduate design students. He says he was fascinated “with the ways that creative people balance inspiration and discipline in their working lives” and describes the experience and some of the results in this article on The Design Observer.

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I tossed around a few ideas along the creative lines of making a collage, doing a still life, organising and photographing the bucket of scissors I bought for $20, choosing one medium like watercolour or coloured pencils and playing with that, making patterns, exploring hand lettering – all worthy projects and I’m sure I will do some of them. One day. But I felt the need to be challenged. A need to do something that I really want to do but procrastinate about.

I realised my fascination with this idea was around the psychology of forming a new habit. The project (or challenge) is really about perseverance – steady persistence in a course of action in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. (Thank you dictionary.reference.com) There’s all sorts of watercooler wisdom about how long it takes to form a habit (21 days is a popular response) but a study done in 2009 shows that it’s more like 66 days and some types of habits take longer to establish or become automatic than others. So 100 days might be long enough for me to change from procrastinating about making space to actually achieving it.

And the reason why I need to make space? To not be constricted. To embrace growth and change. To have a functional, private, working space. There’s so much energy embodied in all the stuff I’ve held onto for years, a lot of negative emotions like disappointment, grief, sadness and frustration. In the end the goal is to support my art making – to have the energy and space for all those other 100 day projects or even 365 days of… or 52 weeks of…

If you’re on Instagram follow #The100DayProjectMakingSpace where you’ll get a daily update of what I’ve done. On the blog I’ll pop in and update my progress every 10 days.

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Getting organised and inspired

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This Robert Downey Jnr meme is going around Facebook at the moment.

The version I saw used the word malarkey instead of bullshit. In this instance I prefer: “New Year, New Me Malarkey” – maybe it’s the alliteration but it also seems to refer to things people do that they don’t want to admit to and a sense of the to-ing and fro-ing that I think many of us go through in relation to our idea of self and possible improvements on our current state. There’s always something we want to change about how we go about our lives, and the craziness that happens in the lead up to the holiday season can put people out of kilter with their good intentions. And if we’ve struggled with those good intentions over the previous year, then we’re ripe for making resolutions just as the silly season comes to an end and a brand new year beckons.

Quote from Kikki K's Goals Journal

Quote from Kikki K’s Goals Journal

So I’ll out myself: I’m up for change. The mantra of my adult life has been “I’ve got to get organised” so I’m a sitting duck for planners, list making, diaries, anything that will support my desire to be “organised” which really means making the most of my time so I can focus on doing what I love most – make art. And I want the process to be as enjoyable as fooling around in my sketchbook!!

 

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A few months ago I went to a Goals Workshop run by Kikki K. and walked out with the lovely Goals Journal, focus, resolution and a packet of rainbow coloured fineliners feeling inspired to make monthly goal setting a little more fun. That was mid-way through September. I managed October and November but didn’t do anything for December and figured I’d start again in January. New Year. New Start. New Resolve. New Planner.

This is how the Kikki K Goals Journal is organised for each month. There's a whole lot of helpful information and activities to do on goal setting before you get specific for each month.

This is how the Kikki K Goals Journal is organised for each month. There’s a bunch of helpful information and activities to do on goal setting before you get specific for each month.

A New Planner??* Yes! And yes I intend to keep using the lovely hardback Goals Journal. But I discovered Leonie Dawson’s Life and Biz Workbook and not only do I feel even more inspired to make more art next year and to share it more widely, I have a feeling this might be the secret ingredient to help me. The  workbook does look kind of kooky but Leonie is so down to earth and successful in her business (ie she clearly knows her shit) that I decided to buy the e-book version.

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*Just so you know all the links to The Life and Biz Workbook are affiliate links, meaning I get some pocket-money (for art materials) if anyone purchases with that link.

I have yet to start writing (typing) in it but I have been seduced by these words:

“This workbook is going to take you through the essential questions you need to answer in order to shift your business (and life) into something incredible over the next year. I know it works, because I’ve been using the same questions every year to double or triple my business every single year. And all while working just a couple of hours a day.”

I actually like the idea of shifting rather than changing. It sounds gentle and as if you’re just exposing, uncovering, discovering, something that was already there (which is quite a bit like the unfolding process my art goes through.) And I think this is what underpins our annual re-assessments and resolution making – it’s about rediscovering – and then revealing the parts of ourselves that we keep pushing down.

How do you feel about planning, goal setting and New Years resolutions? I’d love you to share your ideas and thoughts in the comments below.

PS Just so you know all the links to The Life and Biz Workbook are affiliate links, meaning I get some pocket-money (for art materials) if anyone purchases with that link.

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My current cover image on Facebook. Recent work on book pages.

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December 28, 2014 · 11:58 pm