Keeping an Accomplishment Log
Hey everyone, I'm out this week on personal matters. Instead of leaving Thursday blank with nothing new, I asked Eliza Metz for permission to reprint one of her creativity articles to help inspire you all. This article is taken from BeMUSEd #9. Eliza (also known as moderngypsy in most art circles) is a goddess amongst creative enablers. She makes her own journals, knits her own socks, writes and publishes books and zines slammed full with creative tips and tricks, and teaches classes on all sorts of creative and fun art topics from creating your own imagiNATION to crafting revolutionary art. You could say that she's my mentor. Because if it weren't for her friendship, classes and inspiration, I'd have never thought I could write articles for creative souls on a productivity site. Read more about Eliza and her publications at moderngypsy.com.--innowen
Some of you are already on my yahoo group, doItNOW, which kind of started as just a little thing for me and a few friends, as a way to communicate what I was doing with a Control Journal to try and keep motivated, organized, and clear in the New Year. Word got out and itâ€™s growing by the day and has become a little more like a creative life-coaching-in-general type thing, which uses three basic steps to help get things under control. The Control Journal, which is based on the whole FlyLady.net thing only for art stuff; getting into the studio and making SOMETHING for 15 minutes in mid-afternoon/evening; and the third thing: An Accomplishment Log.
People look at me strangely sometimes when I tell them that of the three steps, this oneâ€™s probably the most important to your psyche. They think Iâ€™m nuts -- especially since doing business and/or making Art is kind of integral to being a working artist. However, and I stress this BIGTIME -- if you arenâ€™t reinforcing to your psyche that youâ€™re doing a good, worthwhile job of this....itâ€™s going to rebel. Youâ€™re going to find motivation is about as easy as moving a very big rock up a very big hill with only a spoon and some twine as tools. And while that might be easy for MacGyver, itâ€™s not going to be easy for us mere humans.
Itâ€™s a very simple process, really. At the end of each day, or if youâ€™re like me and tend to forget youâ€™ve done by then, during each day, just write down all the things you got done for the day. If it doesnâ€™t look like much, write down all the steps you took to GET to the end of the project (since you obviously completed those, if youâ€™re done.).
It works on the same principle as a gratitude journal -- unless youâ€™re aware of all the things you do in a day, you donâ€™t realize your own worth. Itâ€™s a very simple little step you can take, but the benefits are a hundredfold.