I’ve lost the rhythm of creativity, productivity, most things to be honest. One sure sign is the lack of regular posts in this space. It’s okay, sometimes a lot of life happens all at once and knocks things off kilter. But rhythm, predictability and an even-tempered flow … all of these things are friends, actually necessities, of the migraine brain. So as soon as reasonably possible, it’s important to get back to it.
This time around I pulled the book “Keep Going” off the shelf for some inspiration. I’m starting with chapter eight: When in Doubt, Tidy Up. I love this chapter, because the end goal is not tidiness, but creativity, which resonates with what I’m trying to accomplish right now.
The best thing about tidying is that it busies my hands and loosens up my mind so that I either a.) get unstuck…, or b.) come across something in the mess that leads to new work.Austin Kleon, Keep Going
In busying my hands with some tidy-up and organizing and decluttering, I came across a notebook I had meant to start using, and some new stationery items I hadn’t opened yet. Fun! I realized I have vacation photos that I haven’t edited yet. Yay! And some migraine notes that should be turned into a blog post … the creativity was on its way to becoming unstuck. And I think the next time I sit down here there will be a little sense of rhythm.
If not, there’s always another strategy. Chapter four of this book is called Make Gifts. Also great.
Stationery in the Photo
P.S. Some music to tidy up by.