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Decluttering for Creatives: Fuel Your Dreams and Ditch Distractions

teacher avatar Kelly Jo, Creative Strategist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Your Creative Mission


    • 3.

      Your Creative Projects


    • 4.

      Your Project Milestones


    • 5.

      Plan Your Space


    • 6.

      Declutter Your Space PART 1


    • 7.

      Declutter Your Space PART 2


    • 8.

      Get to Work


    • 9.

      Tips for a Successful Creative 12 Months


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About This Class

Are you ready to get focused and embrace your creative dreams?

Join systems design expert Kelly Jo for step-by-step instruction in decluttering your mind and your space. In this 52 minute class you will -

  • Find your creative mission
  • Design your creative space
  • Learn to declutter effectively
  • Define the creative projects that matter most

Each activity is broken down into easy to follow steps and includes stories, examples and tips throughout. Class worksheets help you every step of the way.

Whether you are a professional Freelancer or are a creative spirit looking for a helping hand to get started, Decluttering for Creatives will help you embrace your creative dreams, fuel your passions and declutter your life.

Note - this class is designed to be taken by itself OR in conjunction with my other class: Find Your Life Purpose in 10 Short Activities.

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Kelly Jo

Creative Strategist


Hi - I’m Kelly Jo and I’m a creative just like you, and like you, I’ve had a unique journey. As a strategic designer and creative strategist I’ve designed future visions for many things, like shoes, cars, events, performances, infrastructural systems, and so much more. My job, in a nutshell, is to help others define and act on a future they can be proud of, that fits their values, mission, strengths and capabilities.

Most of my career has been to help very large organizations do this - and now I have begun to translate what I have learned to help individuals understand the world around them, understand themselves, and take action for a better future - for themselves and for their communities.

My mission is to help you find your spark so yo... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, I'm Kelly Joe and I'm a creative like you on Like you. I've had a unique journey. Mine includes car design, participatory performances, academic research on even podcasts. Most of my work focuses on helping individuals and organisations create strategic visions of their future and how to get there. And that's what I'll help you do in this class. Ah, hub. You define your creative mission, Andi, I'll help you clear distractions from your routine and your creative space. Like many people, I struggled to balance passion projects with a demanding career. I've learned a lot about designing a productive and fulfilling life by working from home full time. I have 80 D, which has made me extra diligent in finding and testing ways to maximize my productivity on creativity. I recently moved again, and you will get a chance to see me transfer my space as you work on your worse. The very first thing you'll do for this class is take a before photo of your space and then at the end of the class you'll taken after photo. This is a lot like a fitness transformation, but instead of shutting the fat on, committing to your physical well being, you'll be shedding your clutter on committing to your creative well being. I've created these easy to use worksheets to help you quickly complete the class activities . I'll give you lots of supportive tips to make sure that you don't make decluttering into a massive project. The goal is not to have a picture perfect space. It is to remove any barriers to your creative dreams and to help fuel your passions. Take the first step right now and make a commitment to yourself and to your creative future . It's easy. Just take a photo of your creative space as it is and share with the class. I'm super excited to learn more about you and your creative journey. In the next activity, you will define your creative mission for the next 12 months. 2. Your Creative Mission: In this activity, you will accomplish defining your creative mission for the next 12 months. This will help you articulate what is most important in your creative practice and in your creative space. This will also help you identify barriers that may be getting in your way of accomplishing your creative dreams. Here's your activity. One checklist. First, you will draft your creative mission statement. Then you will display your statement in your space. And finally, you will add your statement to your decision tree. For this activity, you will write a short creative mission statement. Your mission statement should focus on the effect that you would like your creative efforts Tohave. This could be very challenging, especially if your work is a mix of both professional and say very personal, or if you work in just very different modes. For example, if you were to do documentary work and also do a lifestyle block, think of this as an artist statement summed up in one short statement. Focus on the results that you would like your audience toe have So, for example, do you want to help your audience have more confidence to help them grow? Do you want to help communities connect. Do you want to help individuals understand important issues? If you're struggling, don't worry. This is hard stuff. Here are some tips to help you out so you might do an audit of your past work. Or you might look at the work of an artist that you admire. You might ask somebody else somebody a trusted friend, colleague or mentor, too. Help you understand your work. You can feel you might feel vulnerable asking for help, but people are very generous and they want the best for you, and they will be excited to be able to bring their expertise in their creativity to help you out with your dreams. You also have a built in support network with this class, so any time you're struggling, post about it and utilize this network that's here. Once you've come up with your creative mission statement, write it in your class worksheet. I advocate for saving resource is whenever possible and not using paper unless you need to . But in this case, I really think that having the paper set in front of you is going to be really useful. You'll be able to write notes all over it, you'll be able to adapt it. However you like on you appeal to just grab it and pull it out as you need it. Don't worry. If you're unsure about your creative mission statement, just put something down and test it out. Think of your mission statement as your wife, Andi. In the next two activities, you'll be focusing on your what what specifically you'll be working on. And as you get clarity on your what, you will also gain clarity on your wife, and you can go back and adjust your mission statement at any point, and I expect that you will. Now that you have a mission statement of some kind, I recommend that you put it up somewhere in your space, even if you just tape the worksheet page up. Next, add your mission statement to your decision tree, and this decision tree is going to help you as you actually de clutter your space later on in the class. Let's review what you've accomplished so far. You've drafted your creative mission statement. You've displayed your statement in your space, and finally you added your statement to your decision tree. How did you find this activity. Was it super challenging? Did you find inspiration in an unexpected place? Share your experience with the class or send me an email at CA Dude, it's at gmail dot com. In the next activity, you will define the projects that you will work on for the next 12 months. 3. Your Creative Projects: In this activity, you will accomplish defining the three big projects that you will work on over the next 12 months. This will help you define what to put your energy towards and what's most important toe have in your space. Here is your activity to checklist. First, you will draft your project themes. Then you will define your three big creative projects based on these themes. And finally, you will add your three projects to your decision tree. You might already have three projects in mind, or maybe a really big project that you'd like to break up into three parts. Even so, I suggest that you start this exercise by thinking about the themes that you would like to have present in your work. Don't worry of coming up with themes is a little challenging. The themes air there really to help you make sure that the path that you set out on will be fulfilling. You might decide to focus your themes on the outcome you'd like to have for your audience, so it might be connectedness, Gratitude, awareness perception. Activating You might decide to focus your themes on ways of connecting or interacting with your audience. so examples might include sharing participatory collaborative storytelling narrative performance. You might decide to focus on themes that are about relationships, so that might be science and nature, politics and influence, popularity and value. If you're having trouble, you might look at work that inspires you. What elements attracted you to that work? Don't worry if you haven't figured out your themes, The important thing is that you've taken a moment to reflect on your work. Now define your three big projects that you'll work on over the next 12 months. Now, maybe some of these air projects that you've already started. Or maybe these are pieces of a greater project that you're working on. Don't worry if your big projects don't feel that big. You have a lot of stuff going on in your life on. The important thing is that you're working on things that you're very passionate about and that you accomplish what you set out to. There is a great interview by Miranda July on design and failure dot com, where she describes how she took on creating a future film for the first time. And in the interview, she describes breaking down this large project of, ah, future film into little projects and that by thinking of it like Little Project, she was able to take on something quite large that seemed intimidated. Also, remember, the size of the project is not indicative of the influence the project have, either on your own life or on the life of your audience. Once you defined your three big projects for the next 12 months, make sure to put them in your decision tree. Let's review your accomplishments. So far, you've drafted your project themes. You defined your three big creative projects, and you added your three projects to your decision tree. How did you find this activity? Was it hard to prioritize your project ideas? Or was it hard to come up with project ideas that seemed worth your time and energy? Share your experience with the class or send me an email at could Dude, it's at gmail dot com. In the next activity, you will define important project milestones 4. Your Project Milestones: in this activity, you will define meaningful milestones for each of your projects. This will help you commit to your big projects, and it will help you visualize what it will take to accomplish. Here is your activity three checklist. First, you will define one project milestone for each project. Then you will visualize success for each milestone. And finally, you will add your three milestones to your decision tree. Here are some examples of milestones submitting a play to a festival Going live with a portfolio website. Having your first gig with a band having a gallery opening Make your milestones challenging but accomplish herbal So you want to keep in mind what your capabilities currently are. If you're extra busy at work, then you might want to consider more modest milestones. For this class, you will focus on milestones that take at least a month to accomplish, but I encourage you to set up weekly and even daily milestones. Now, if you struggled to complete projects in the past, you might want to define one of your first milestones to be about completing a set number of pieces for your project. So, for example, if you're interested in having a gallery opening, say, at the end of the 12 months. Then you might consider your first milestone to be something that's measurable like, say, completing seven paintings within two months. If you struggled to get started on projects, then you might want to try establishing a more modest first milestone in order to establish a quick win early on. Next, visualize what success looks like for each milestone. Just do really quick thumbnail sketches on, then just below each one, right? Why That milestone matters, Andi, right? What your greatest fear is about that milestone and then how you might mitigate that fear. Finally, at your milestones to your decision tree, let's review what you've accomplished. First, you defined one project milestone for each project. Then you visualize success for each milestone. And finally you added your three milestones to your decision tree. How did you find this activity? Was it difficult to come up with your milestones? Were you worried that your milestones might be too challenging or too easy? Did your milestones make you reconsider the projects that you're working on? Share your experience with the rest of the class or send me a note out could. Dude, it's at gmail dot com. In the next activity, you will plan how you will maximize your creative space. 5. Plan Your Space: In this activity, you will assess your creative workspace and plan out how to optimize it for working on your creative projects and accomplishing your big milestones. Here is your activity four checklist. First, you will sketch your current space. Then you will sketch your future space and finally you will sketch Ah, home for your tools and materials. It's worth noting that making space for your creative work can also be a big lifestyle change. Here's a photo of my old workspace. I work from home full time and I was a full time grad student. I posted this image to a small creative group that a close friend of mine had started up on and one of the first responses that I received Waas. Basically, it must be nice, but I could never have that and I can gear into you. This woman in her mid Western home definitely had the space for what I had in my less than 300 square foot apartment. But when she made the comment, her priorities were different. I imagine this woman's challenge is similar to many people out there. She has a spouse, a couple kids, people to negotiate and accommodates in her life, Onda, who she also wants to support so that they can thrive and intrigue their dreams. But the reality is that a creative transformation is a lot like a health transformation. Andi. So as you change and as you claim time and space for yourself, it can be challenging for those around you too. Also make space for your dreams. Thankfully, your dreams are worth it. First, look at the space you currently use for your creative work. When are when do you feel most focused? When do you feel the most creative? Have you experienced distractions? This is my current creative workspace on. I've made sure that it's adaptable to suit the many different ways that I use the space. So I use this for research for writing, for drawing for thinking I use it toe work with other people, sometimes collaboratively or just working in the same space but separate projects. I also conduct interviews here sometimes for my podcast assessing the space. I have two big pain points, one of which is that noise is a huge problem. I have a beautiful windows that give me great light during the die and really energized me , but the windows air single pain on sound comes through. I get Carl herbs constantly trucks driving by loud music. I can even hear people's cell phone conversations as they go by. And then the other pain point that I have is that it's really hard to set up large projects like physically large projects. If I want to do a painting or something like that, because as soon as I do, as soon as I set up something large, I'm now taking up space. And I want to keep it there for some time, maybe a couple weeks, and that completely ruins my favorite part of most functional part of the space, which is that it's adaptable. So what I decided to do is convert another room that I have into a studio space, and this is going to be a space fourth activities that are sensitive to sound that don't need natural light, a number of activities that I do. I might do really late at night anyway, so I'm not getting natural light like if I paint unusually painting really late. Since making a decision about a month ago to convert the space, I had several weeks of clutter just building up in the space. So as you transform your space, you will see me transform mine as well. Next, quickly sketch out your current creative space. Andi, do it super quick. This is meant to be basically visual notes of your current space on. The great thing about doing this is you will start to realize that there are things in your space that art essential to the projects that you're going to be working. So here's Emma's sketch. Emma's a friend of mine. She does illustration work on. She has a very tiny studio space, but she also does creative work in other parts of of her environment. So when she did her quick sketch, she realized while sketching that there were several things in her space that really we're just taking up room on one of those things is an old family computer that is never turned on it. On Lee exists to house old family photos. She also realized that her partner had stashed some old monitors in the room monitors that have not been used a very long time. Andi, maybe they will never be used, but those air for his project and those were his responsibility and should be placed somewhere else because they're not contributing to her work in her studio space. Next, draw out your future space. Maybe it's the same room. Maybe it's a different space entirely, but quickly sketch it out in perspective. Or it could be a plan view, which is when you're looking down on a space, Um, and what you want to do is note the major items that need to be in that space. So major pieces of furniture and know things that are super important for completing your projects and accomplishing your milestones. Now, at this time, you might want to know what items you have to keep in the space. That might have nothing Teoh to do with your creative dreams. So, for instance, in my space, I have a couple things that I need to accommodate because I just haven't figured out where else to put I live. You know, this is a New York space with New York rent on, so I have to put this stuff somewhere, so I have a vacuum cleaner. I have a floor fan, which I will definitely need in the summer anyway on and I have some weights, and this is the best room to put them into. Somehow. I need to come accommodate those things without having them intrude on neither work. Maybe already have an idea of what you'll need in your space based on the kinds of projects that you're working out. But if you're looking for a little bit of inspiration, you can go to the class pincher sports as a place to start. And then if you're going to go on Pinterest, I suggest that you give yourself a time limit like, say, 20 minutes off, looking around for inspiration and creating your quick inspiration board. But for now, try toe limit your time on Pinterest just because the most important thing is that you get to your projects. Remember the golden classes not to make your space the most beautiful, most perfectly arranged space that you can, but to make it very functional on ready to go as quickly as possible. So the last little sketch you're going to do for this class is just sketch up where your most important tools and materials will live. So for me, I have large cabinets, and that's where my tools and materials were will live. So I need to figure out how am I going to organize them, since I work on an many different types of projects, I many types of tools and I want to make sure that I keep keep the items that are most important to me as accessible as possible. So when Emma did this exercise, she realized two things. First, she has a number of different containers that hold her supplies, and in fact, some of those containers are occurs, and some of the supplies aren't even hers. But she's had them around in her space, So she has these multiple things that have redundancy that are, even some of which are even hers. And then she also likes to work in different parts of her environment, not just her little studio space. So what? She realized Waas. What she means is a simple cart that she can house for most important tools in it will help her pare down her tools. So she's keeping what's essential what she actually uses. And it will help her be really mobile and helper space be more adaptable or suited for her because now she can just roll around toe wherever she needed something, whether she's painting or whether she's doing embroidery or she's doing sketching whatever she's working him. She knows she'll have the tools right there for here. A couple tips to get you started First plan for a minimum number of organizer's infants. It's very easy to fill all the space you're given, so I guarantee you I will fill up my cabinets completely and Emma will fill her little cart completely. So keep that in mind. As you're thinking through what you're going to keep in your space on what you're going to bring into it, I suggest you attempt to remove as many bins and organizer's as possible and then Onley keep what's essential. Next, make it easy to get to the supplies you use most. So, for example, when I was going through my tools, I realized that I often struggled to figure out which brush is the brush I want to use on a project, and usually what I'm trying to do is just use the brush used on the last project. So what I've done is I separated my brush and my little cup that I use, and I left that out in my Cabinet and everything else is put away. So if I want to try other brushes, are you something else? They're put away, but the one that I use the most is super accessible and raped. There finally make sure that planning does not become a project in itself. The goal of this class is to get you working on the things that matter most to you. Keep focused on your mission and make decisions very quickly. Let's review your accomplishments. First you sketched your current space. Then you sketched your future space and finally you sketched a home for your tools and materials. How did you find this activity? Were you able to stay on track? Did you find great inspiration for your creative space? Share your experiences on your workspace ideas with the class, or send me an email at could Dude, it's at gmail dot com. In the next activity, you will physically de clutter your space, so get ready 6. Declutter Your Space PART 1: in this activity, you will de clutter your space. This will help you stay focused on your creative dreams. Andi, hopefully minimize any distractions. Activity five is pretty intense, so it's broken up into two parts. Here is your activity. Five Part one checklist. First, you will use your decision tree to sort your items. Then you will move items that fuel your creative dreams into your space. Finally, you will taken after photo and post it to the class. Here are five types of items to look out for first, anything you haven't used in over a year, so this includes magazines and books. If you haven't used something in 12 months, chances are it's more about who you once or or maybe more about who you admire, then who you are now and the direction that you're going in. Second, look for anything that is not a quality. This is particularly useful for books if it's mediocre, if it doesn't stand up to the best books that you have that set it aside. Third, it might seem obvious, but keep an eye out for anything that's broken that needs repair that is unusable. Fourth, watch out for things that are just in case items. This is a really tricky category because you want to make sure that you have unexpected items around to help spark ideas to help make sure that you're trying new materials that maybe aren't your regular go to materials. Here are some things to consider. Is it easy to borrow? Can you use another item in its place? Could somebody else benefit from using this item right now? And finally, if you were to buy the item right now, how much would it be worth to you and number five Look out for gifts. This is your time to be selfish. If the gifted item does not directly contribute to your creative mission or your milestones , then it needs to go somewhere else. Here are your decluttering instructions. Set aside a good chunk of time like a couple hours in the afternoon if you can, and put out some good music or a podcast. Maybe think of a treat that you might give yourself to celebrate once you finish the task and let's get started first, clear a nearby flat surface. This is where you're going to place items on temporarily as you process them. So ideally, this is something high up, so you're not leaning over constantly, so a bed would be a great place or a table if you can, but if you don't have either of those things available to you, the floor is fine. Next, set out four bins or bags, so you're going to need something for trash, something for recycling, something for items that you're going to give away on something for items that you're going to move. And those are items that you're going to move just out of the space so that four bins recycling trash I don't to move and then items to give away. Second, set out your fuel or clutter decision tree and on either side of it, put markers for your clutter side and then for your fuel side on. As you process items, you're going to place each of the item on one side or the other. Quickly move your items from their current location. Teoh either the fuel or the clutter side of your flat surface. Do this as fast as you can. Remember to use your move. Been to catch things that clearly do not belong in the space make sure to only take a few seconds for each item. When in doubt, set it on the clutter side. Trust me, the item is not gone forever. It's just set to the side and you'll be able to process those again later. So went and out it goes on the other side. Once everything's removed, then go back on, clean up and clear of your space. So make sure that you have your big items of furniture in the locations that they need to be in for you, too. Bring back in all the items that are your fuel items. Your fuel items are the items that fuel your creative dream. Now, once you have your space set up with the basic furniture that you need the basic pieces in place that you need to bring your fuel items that can bring them in and quickly put them into their new homes. Don't worry about making them perfect or making them photogenic and lined up well. The goal is to be completely functional. Try to make sure that you keep items that are your like go to items that you use a lot or that are key to particular projects. Make sure that those items are easy to reach on. You might even want TEM so that you can see them at any given time to kind of spark you and remind you to get going on a particular project. Once you have your space set up to be functional than take your after shocked, this is a great moment to grab a drink, take a little break on, upload the image to your class project and share with the class. Don't worry. You can always upload more images once you continue to improve your space. But for now, what you're doing is celebrating how far you've come to focus on the projects that matter most to you. This was a big one, so let's review what you've accomplished in Activity five. First, you used your decision tree to help sort your items. Then you moved items that fuel your creative projects into your space. And finally you took an after photo of your space and you posted it to the class with 7. Declutter Your Space PART 2: the bulk of the hard work is now behind you. You've completed most of this activity. Here is your activity five part to check list. First, you'll use your life decision tree to sort clutter items. Then you will move items that fuel you to your move a bit, and finally you will move the give and move bins from your space, and that's it. The rest of this activity is focused on helping you remove distractions on remove unnecessary items from your creative workspace. Next, consider what you're going to do with all those items on the clutter side. So you've moved all your fuel items now. NGO Creative space on There's all these clutter items left, I suggest that you create a new decision tree, and this decision tree, rather than being about your creative mission, is going to be about your life mission. Now that might sound like a really big deal, but don't sweat it. What's important is that you reflect on what your priorities are on and that you're building an environment that supports those priorities quickly to find three big life priorities that you would like to have over the next 12 months. So it might be something like spend more time with your family, contribute more time to a community organization, or maybe remove stresses from your daily life. Whatever those are, put them into your new decision tree Now on the tree. I've left room for you to put in above that. A life mission statement. If you would like Teoh, if you have an idea of what that might be Now, if you took my other class, which is find your life purpose, then you've already created a life mission statement. So I suggest you you place that there and you've already considered what your priorities are in the form off life mission milestones. And you could put those milestones down in place of your three priorities on the decision tree. Now, if you haven't taken my underclass, don't worry. The classes are not dependent on one another. But if you happen to have already taken the class, you could transpose the work from that into this decision tree. Now, don't worry. If you don't have a life mission statement, I've just left that there for you to consider and to draft in if you would like. The important thing is that you put three major life priorities on your decision tree. Now place your life Mission decision Tree rate where your creative mission decision Tree waas. So now you have a pile of items that are on the clutter side and your fuel side should be empty. So what I want you to do is process those clutter items now with the life mission decision tree those three life priorities to keep in mind. So then take all the items from the clutter side and either put it on the fuel side. So either these items are fueling your life mission priorities or put them in the give away been. So make sure that you stick to those two bins. You will process the stuff later. Andi, you can remove things. You could take them back from that Give away been in the future. But for now, I'd like you to put it in the give away. The last thing you're going to do in her creative space is remove all of these bins from that space. So your trash bin recycle bin Your giveaway, Ben Onder, move Ben. All of them need to be taken to another area in your environment outside of your creative space. The last thing you're going to do is process those items that you've moved from your space . So some of those items, the ones that were in your move been will be relocated in your space. But then you have the very important been off your giveaway items. No. If you have items in there that you're struggling to get rid of, you might want to leave them in the bin for a week or two. And what you're going to find is your attachment to them is going to lessen over time. Once the items have been removed for your space, you're not going to miss them as much as you might think you would. The final piece I'd like you to consider as you're processing your giveaway items is don't play matchmaker. Don't try to find the perfect person for each item. There are lots of deserving people out there, and the most important thing is to get this stuff out of your space so you can get on to the important business off working on your projects. And with that you're done. I'm sure it was hard and might have been a little bit jarring, but now you have an amazing functional space to do your creative working. Let's review what you've accomplished in Activity five. Part two. First you used your life decision tree to sort clutter items. Then you moved items that fuel you to your move been, and finally you moved the give and MoveOn's from your space. This means you officially completely de cluttered your creative space. How did you find this activity? Were you energized, or did you feel overwhelmed at times? Do you have any tips for your classmates? Share your experience with the class or send me an email could Dude, it's at gmail dot com. In the next and last activity of the class, you will create a few simple tools to keep you focused and productive. 8. Get to Work: In this activity, you will put a few finishing touches on your creative space to keep you focused and productive. Here is your activity six checklist. First, you will define your studio hours. Then you will define your studio rules. And finally, you will create a project milestone calendar. First, define your studio hours. Consider these sacred. Without these, you risk having lower priority elements. Eat away at your precious time. Make your studio our so important that they are entrenched in your daily life so that they won't be compromised. Well, you might want to do is you might want to use triggers in your daily life to help make sure that you get started. If you struggle to get started on any given day, you might try the 10 minute rule. Andi. What that is's. You just say I will work for 10 minutes in my creative space, uninterrupted on my project. Just 10 minutes. It's a low commitment, but chances are you're going to want to keep going because you're working on something that you're passionate about and you'll already be no elbow deep in at 10 minutes. It's similar to say, Well, I just have to get to the gym. You know I don't have to stay there. I just have to get to the gym. Well, once you're there, you might as well do your foot work out. So the same is true for your studio space. Another way to guard your time is to create boundaries for anybody that enters your space. And that includes you. So in this part of the exercise, you're going to create your studio rules, create studio rules that help you be productive and focused. It could be that you might want to turn off the Internet for the first hour that you're in your studio or more or the entire time you're in your studio. Depending on the kind of work that you do, I will leave the Internet off my computer unless I absolutely have to have it. I will turn the WiFi off until I need it for research or something like that. And so you can create rules like that, like turning WiFi off or putting your phone. Do not sure, and you can actually schedule your do not disturb on your phone so you can pre schedule that every day from, say, 123 Your phone is set to do not disturb, and you could just tell people that this is the case. You're simply not available during that time. Andi. It's like being in the subway like if you're underground and you don't have a connection, then you are just not available for that commute. Finally, fill out your project Milestone calendar. I've created a single page template for you, which you could use, or you could use just a single sheet of scrap paper or another calendar that you have. But I suggest that you do it on a smaller single sheet that you can see all at once. And then if you have a large caliber or big planner, you transfer the dates over. If investing time into your creative practice is a new habit, a new part of your routine you might want to visually show this time that you're spending and investing in your creative work. So you might want to do something like Mark in your calendar to show times that you've worked in your studio or have a jar and drop 1/4 in a $4 as you leave your studio space on this will give you a sense of your accomplishment over time. I think it will really help reinforce the investment that you're making and how important this time is to you, and that's it. You've finished all of the activities and you've invested in your dreams. I hope that you are impressed with yourself, because I am very impressed with you for making this commitment to yourself. Let's review what you've accomplished. First, you defined your studio hours. Then you defined your studio rules, and finally you created a project Milestone calendar. How did you find this activity? Was it really hard to come up with your studio rules or your studio hours? Do you have a product planner or calendar that you think others would really like? Share your experiences with the rest of the class or send me an email act? Could Dude, It's at gmail dot com. In the next video, I will give you tips for a successful creative 12 9. Tips for a Successful Creative 12 Months: in this video, I'll share with you five important elements to your success over the next 12 months. First, build reflection into your practice and routine. You might decide to do this once a week, or you might decide to do it daily. That just depends on what your schedules like. Andi, how much control you want to have over your priorities each day. Choose a time that works best with your life. I suggest you also define a trigger that's already in your routine that you can use to remind yourself that it's time to reflect. So, for example, for the evening's, you might decide that you will reflect before you brush your teeth. Or, if you want to use mornings, you might decide that you will take 10 minutes, maybe during your first cup of coffee or while you eat breakfast. And that will be your reflection number to be flexible. So, for example, if you have a meeting set to do project work with another person, I suggest that you have a backup meeting time in mind. In case they don't show, they run late. One of you is in a sour mood. You have a headache whatever whatever might happen that you have an alternate plan. Even if you start a meeting and it just isn't going that well, it's OK. Just use your plan B scheduled time. Once you've made a habit of planning and flexibility, then bad traffic, bad days back moots. All of those things that just naturally happen in life will not derail your creative work. Number three If it's not working, change it. As you assess your progress for his your milestones be realistic. Have you bitten off more than you're willing to chew? Are there outside circumstances that are just draining your time and energy? Consider what changes might be needed on maybe what support you need. Make sure that you're helping your support network help you by reaching out to them when he needs somehow. Number four prioritise er success. You're going to need to differ things that don't support your creative mission in order to be successful. There are so many amazing, tantalizing things up there to learn and do an experience on in order to be successful. There are a number of things that you might want to do that just aren't going to fit in there just not going to reach that high priority. So it's important to really be able to assess when these tantalizing things come up how you might handle them. I'm to identify when something is a distraction, and so there are a couple of things you can do when something comes up. So, for example, you might decide that you will use the tantalizing thing, whatever it is. Maybe it's a a script writing class or joining a roller derby team or learning to play the guitar. All of these things have come up with my friends recently. So there in my mind. So then, once you achieve a milestone, then you might take several weeks and set them aside to learn a new skill or indulge in and experience that you otherwise might not have allowed yourself to have. The other thing you can do is test out the tantalizing thing instead of going all in. So, for example, instead of taking a screenwriting class that takes up multiple weeks, you might do a one day workshop. Or instead of suddenly joining a roller derby team, you might go to an open, escaped and get to know the team first Lastly, stay true to your passions. Whenever you're at a crossroads for what you ought to be doing creatively, just think. What would you do? What is Quint? Essentially you. As long as you stick to the things that you are absolutely most passionate about, you will have a rewarding and meaningful results, and you will find success on your terms. I wish you the very best in your journey. I'd love to hear how it's going on and to learn about tips and tricks you might have picked up along the way. Feel free to share these with class or connected me directly at CA Dude, it's at gmail dot com. Thank you.