You know how sometimes every waking moment feels like chaos incarnate?
Like it’s a quiet Saturday morning and you’re dying to work on your art, but first you really need to make yourself some breakfast. And before that you need to find the kitchen underneath all the dishes. Which reminds you that you never returned your neighbor’s tupperware, and — oh right — you’re out of paper towels and so you might as well pick up potting soil for your jade plant because you promised you’d make a cutting for that friend. And as you’re emailing your friend you see a note from your boss, or a client, or the electric company — and how the hell is it Monday morning?
Where’d your time to do your art go?
It got caught in the chaos.
It happens to all of us.
If the above scenario didn’t resonate with you, high fives. Go off and live your awesome productive life.
But if it did, you’re not alone.
It’s so, so easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life, being buffeted around so hard that you lose sight of the thing that really mattered to you in the beginning.
Your business idea.
Your family time.
I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out how to get rid of the chaos of everyday life, only to realize it’s not going anywhere.
But you can lessen it, you can tame it, and you can organize it.
I figured out a way that works (mostly) for me, and I interviewed and learned from a bunch of other creatives about what works for them.
My goal: help you figure out what works for you.
So I wrote a book.
My book on creative productivity, From Chaos to Creativity, is now out from Microcosm Publishing. To celebrate, I’m doing a reading/creative productivity workshop at the Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, Monday, July 29th.
Come chaotic, because I’ll be leading the audience in a series of exercises from the book to help you get a bit of a handle on the chaos of everyday life and find time to do your most important work.
I’ll also leave plenty of time for questions and discussion, because honestly we’re all in this together, and there’s nothing I like better than helping people brainstorm ways to get their creative work done.
Sound like a plan?
I’ll see you there!