|About the Book|
Plan. Fail. RepeatHow exactly does anyone have the time and energy to work on their creative projects after coming home from work, catching up on chores, and putting the kids to bed?Do these people really have more time and energy than the rest ofMore Plan. Fail. RepeatHow exactly does anyone have the time and energy to work on their creative projects after coming home from work, catching up on chores, and putting the kids to bed?Do these people really have more time and energy than the rest of us, or were they were simply born with more self-discipline and motivation?Maybe they stumbled on some secret system that not only gives them the opportunity, but also the energy to create their art. Or maybe this is all just a bunch of crap that we tell ourselves in order to make us feel better.Are you one of us?If you are already a wildly successful writer, photographer, or visual artist who has more time than you know what to do with—this book probably isn’t for you.This book is for the rest of us who are frantically scurrying about our daily lives trying to juggle our kids, work schedule, and family responsibilities while still trying to find a few spare moments each day to do our creative thing.Creativity isn’t as easy as it looksUnfortunately, creativity isn’t some type of switch that you can simply turn on and off at random moments throughout the day. Sitting down to write isn’t like throwing in a load of laundry or checking your email, where if you have a few spare minutes, you can still get something accomplished.You need to plan for creativity.Here are a few of the things that youll discover in the book:• Why being motivated and having self-discipline isn’t enough• Understanding what habits can (and can’t) do for you• Why getting started is often the hardest part• How to find and use your creative triggers• Successfully managing your creative environment• The advantage of putting your creativity into motion• Why setting big goals for yourself is often a mistake• Understanding the difference between a creative goal and a creative practice• How to hold yourself accountable without beating yourself upAre you ready to get started?Creativity is a habit like flossing your teeth—you either do it, or you just talk about doing it. Sure it would be great if we all had all the time and resources to do whatever we wanted to do, but that’s rarely the way life operates, so we just have to do what we can with what we’ve got.Sometimes you just have to get creative in order to develop creative habits that work.