A while ago I came across a post written by the super amazing by Regina, which was all about creative flex, losing focus and getting side-tracked by all those endless ideas. This post (read it over here) fitted in very nicely with a rough idea I had on how to life a more creative life… month by month.
As I read Regina’s post, I was nodding away to myself. I am pretty much a mess when it comes to keeping a lid on all of the ideas I get. And I have found myself losing steam before it gets anywhere, more often than I like to admit. The ideas themselves though? Ahmahzing. Inspiration? Like a rash. Time on the other hand, not so great.
There comes a time when no amount of overflowing Pinterest boards, ideas binders and notebooks will help get things on track. And when that happens, it becomes clear that a Plan Of Action is required.
Enter: The Skill A Month Challenge… My Plan for Organising My Creative Life
Here’s how it works: instead of trying to try and learn everything, all at the same time, I have decided to set myself one month to learn one creative skill. During that month, I dedicate my free time, inspiration and smarty pants thinking to that skill and that skill alone. Obviously I can think about other ideas and pin things that inspire me, but as far as learning and upskilling go, I am doing my best to stick to the one skill a month thing.
Some of the things on the agenda for the rest of this year include:
- Weaving (check out my DIY Woven Wall Art to see how this is going)
- Advanced soap making
- Basic leather work
- Web graphics
- Blankets, throws and rugs
- Natural fabric dying
- Advanced sewing
A few of these will be “refresher” skills. But basically, the idea is to focus on one thing at a time for a while month. I think it will be good to give me some focus – it will also help me stay on a learning path too. My love for creative outlets is roughly equal to my love for learning new things, so it’s a win-win, right?
I’d be an idiot if I tried to make this plan rigid, though. The whole point of having a creative life at all is to go with the flow and have fun, so there’d be little joy in turning my learning moments into chores. I usually hate traditional goals too. I’ve seen people who have their entire lives planned out, right down to the hour. I am not one of those people. At best, I will scribble a list of to-dos at the start of the week but full on planning? Not my thing. That is why I try and think of my monthly skill boosting plan more like a themed calender than a Formal Serious Goal.
I’m not going to go as far to suggest that this plan is a thing, or tell you how to do it and give you a checklist. You will figure out your own way of organising your creative life, and you don’t need me to tell you how to do that. But, if you are even a bit like me, and find yourself getting that “creative flex”, you may find that a month by month upskill plan works for you too.
If you have another way of getting on track of your creative life and skill learning, I’d really love to hear your ideas. Leave your thoughts in the comments and let’s swap notes, ok? Ok.