The morning is still new with humidity deep and mellow. My five children, ages 10 and under, are all busy nursing inner worlds. Each is playing alone. Quiet. One paces slowly in the backyard. Another places just picked wildflowers in a glass-full of water. The baby calm, but with hiccups, makes sense of the green world outside her window. But, I’m not calm. I’m calm enough to write and think a bit, but optimal experience eludes me because I know, this morning’s quiet is fleeting. An interruption is about to intrude. Any minute now. Any second. My subconscious is waiting for it.
I’m stuck in “focus” boot camp. I’ve a million opportunities today to achieve flow, in work, in writing and in hanging out with my children. The drill sergeant pushing me on in within me. Architect John Summerson said,
Architects should learn to study not merely minimum requirements, but maximum possibilities; to learn not only how to economize space but how to be extravagant with it; to learn not only to use space but play with space.
I’m studying maximum possibilities, to design my life and the life of my children for Creativity. I seek extravagance with the time, space and resources I have here, in my world.
For the rest of the summer, I’m following Scott Belsky‘s advice to treat every area of my life as a project and detail the steps needed to achieve a time-limited satisfaction for each. This will reduce my latent stress of being interrupted. I’ve designed 16 cardstock project lists, one for each area I wish to attend to. One is titled Creating Brains with 10 steps to improve this blog. Another card is Roxy’s Summer with 13 steps, including,
- Call Pete’s Music regarding when cello will be ready for pick-up.
- Purchase Suzuki Celllo Book 1 CD.
- E-mail Olga Redkina to schedule regular lessons.
Other areas I have converted into projects include,
- HPSC 106: Fall Quarter: for the History class I’ll be teaching.
- Technology: to make the most of my new iPhone.
- Family Routines: to make time for everything under the sun.
Clear, spelled-out steps will make it simple to return to a project after, say, I run to shut my 5 yr. old’s bathtub faucet right as the tub spills over.
Highly Creative people fight entropy. So will I. My time to write is almost up. I’m excited about my new project-based life.
FYI: I achieved flow writing this post! Great start.