Last year’s first day of school photo.
Back to School
Back to school tomorrow! I’m actually looking forward to the routine but I’m going to miss days with my daughter. I’m lucky to be able to spend the summer with her. She is excited and ready to learn, and looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones!
I did my usual preparations of NOT going to bed early the week before. But I DID make an effort by replacing my beloved coffee with organic kava decaf and lemon decaf tea at night.
Mornings- The New Night
Mornings are the new night! #backtoschool <Click to tweet it with me!
I know many artists enjoy working at night, including me. It’s quiet and you have hours of prime creating time without distraction. But since last year’s lupus diagnosis, it just isn’t an option for me any more, not even one late night of uninterrupted painting is tolerable. First goodbye coffee, now goodbye moon! The horror!
Rise and Shine
Two things that were recommended to me were to develop a morning ritual (The Artist’s Way) and integrate yoga to help get healthier, stay motivated, and combat autoimmune fatigue. Over the summer I switched to painting mostly during the day and this has made a huge difference.
I think when you accomplish something early on in the day, it sets up your day quite nicely! You don’t get to the end of the day without that important creating time put in, and you are not exhausted the next day because your ‘muse’ had you up all night.
Since making this small change I’ve been really interested in learning more about time management, creativity, and productivity and trying to put more tips into action. From what I’ve read so far, it seems to be popular consensus that morning happens to be prime creating time, after a good night’s sleep. I’d also like to add that in my research, coffee seems to be the wake-up drink of choice for many, so I don’t have to cut out the morning juice of the gods! Here comes the sun!
Two Great Books On the Importance of Routines for Artists
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
If you are an artist who works alone like I do, this is an interesting read about the daily work habits of famous creatives. I think you’ll like it!
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei
I’m only halfway through this book and have found it to be valuable. Great insights and tips on building in routine, and how to increase productivity.
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We Are Ready!
Ready to snap the adorable first-day-of-school photos.
Ready to calm my nervous-nellie daughter’s nerves tomorrow morning and reassure her 1500 times that she will find her classroom, love her new teacher, and that the bus will bring her home.
Ready to rise and shine!
I want to wish all the parents, teachers, and students a happy and easy back-to-school transition! Good luck and have a great year!
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