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7 Things To Draw On This Week
Whilst this newsletter is in its incubation stages, its format may change from time to time. Experimentation is part of the creative process after all.
Last week I wrote a much longer newsletter: all singing and dancing. With video embeds, images and such. I spent ages on it and well, I missed vital time in my studio which is not the idea of this place on substack.
Instead, this is a place to share with you, dear reader, things that have inspired one artist in a gazillion and will, hopefully, inspire you too. But I promise to keep this much shorter in future.
I do have this tendency to overcomplicate things and by writing this, I’m practising the art of cutting out the crap and getting on with it. As a mindfulness teacher, I’m very aware of the ‘should do, must do and have to do’, dialogue in my brain. So cut the crap Georgie, and get on with it :)
1. Brilliant Thinkers
Following International Women’s Day on March 8th, I found this fabulous round-up of brilliant thinkers, who all happen to be women, from the equally brilliant Anne-Laure Le Cunff on her mindful productivity blog and community site ‘Ness Labs’. This series explores the thought processes, working habits, and decision-making principles of thinkers who profoundly impacted the world.
2. The Disney Method
Talking of brilliant and creative thinkers, they don’t come as prolific as the wonderful Walk Disney. As a visiting lecturer at The University of Brighton, I’m always looking for inventive ways to engage my students and get their creativity flowing. Last week, as part of a workshop on creating showreels and moving image work, I used the Walt Disney brainstorming method to help the students storyboard their ideas. I set them the challenge of creating a storyboard around the theme of ‘a day in the life of a paperclip’. And boy, I wasn’t disappointed! Read more about The Disney Method and how it can help you brainstorm as an individual or as a team.
3. How To Create More Free Time
This podcast really helped me reevaluate my goals and in fact, I had a bit of an aha moment. I realised I’ve spent a lot of time over the years, thinking about my professional goals and intentions but had totally ignored my personal ones. Turns out I’m desperate to learn to play the piano! In this podcast with Jonathan Fields and his guest Jenny Blake, you’ll also hear a great example of the coaching process and how it can help make solid and actionable plans.
4. Slow Productivity
One of my deep work and ‘productivity’ gurus is Cal Newport who offers brilliant advice in this video on Slow Productivity. He answers the question “Is slow productivity the solution to burnout?” As always, his advice is detailed and perfect for those of you that are feeling overwhelmed. Even if you aren’t feeling overwhelmed, his advice is a great way of working anyway.
5. Flow State Substack
I’m absolutely loving my latest substack newsletter discovery ‘Flow State’ a daily newsletter that recommends 2 hours of music for working to. Anything that helps us achieve, concentrated, undistracted work, is a plus in my book.
6. Sit Around The Fire Meditation
For my personal meditation, I practice open awareness in silence or walking meditation around my neighbourhood, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of daily life. Occasionally though, I come across something that reminds me about the importance of changing routine so I don’t become stuck in a rut. One such discovery is this song: Sit Around The Fire - music overlaid onto audio of Ram Dass talking. It’s 8 minutes of meditative words and music I recommend you lose yourself to.
7. And Finally…
A beautiful reminder from writer and poet, Orna Ross:
It’s good to have an end in mind, but in the end what matters is how you travel.
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Have a lovely weekend