I don’t know ya’ll… Just really like this photo!
Ways I’m caring for myself, my home, my career this month:
People I’m talking to/meeting with/and thanking this month:
our board of directors of FurtherDance Fort Worth
our board officers
my team teachers at ACBA
my team teachers at Kids Who Care
my Grandparents (birthdays!)
wonderful FurtherDance contributors and participants (thank yous!)
You have to consume in order to create. There is not output without the proper input.
Here’s what I’m consuming this month:
social media (ie, Blogs, my facebook and Twitter feed, instagram)
my to read pile (which consists of a pointe shoe book, an already outdated issue of Fort Worth, Texas magazine, An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, and Still Writing, a book on creativity. I have not gotten very far on this pile but I’ll be travelling over the next few weeks so I’m hoping to get a bit further)
Dance Performances! I’ve seen 2 this month already and could literally fill this month’s weekends if I was able. So glad to live in a place where I have so many opportunities to see great work!
my training manual for barre classes
HBOGo and Netflix (we can’t wait for Parks and Rec season 6 to be available on September 26 and currently we’re watching Big Love since our current HBO favorites- Veep, Girls, and Silicon Valley- are on hiatus).
The Bible (I’m on a year long reading plan)
Spotify (for choreography music choices as well as class playlists)
What are you consuming this month?
When a friend texts you to see if you want to see Vanessa Bayer from SNL on your alma mater campus in an hour… you say yes. And then you take video of your favorite character and guffaw annoyingly in the background.
Oh, and if you need context… More Jacob the Bar Mitzvah boy.
You know about the way I structure my to do list.
Now to share with you some things I’m creating this month.
I teach 3-4 ballet classes/week, 3-4 contemporary classes/week, and I’m training to teach at a local barre studio. All my lessons go in this notebook which has become my new best friend.
Social Media Content/Strategy
My new work premieres in December. It’s unlike anything I’ve made before- or I assume it will be since I’m not exactly finished creating the movement- but it will be part of a larger work with 2 other choreographers and in the round. So that’s new for me!
For the aforementioned organization. This takes surprisingly more effort but is crucial for a productive meeting.
Takes way more brain space than I would like but if it’s not done I end up eating Chick Fil A, Chipotle, and Panda Express all week. If anyone has any suggestions for streamlining this… please tell me!
What are you creating this month?
This is a not so great photo of something new (well, old but new to me since February) that I have in my house. My grandparents gave me this scale earlier this year. It was something they had in their house that I wanted, and I love that it’s old, that it has such character, and that it perfectly matches the wood from the table sofa table he made for us that it sits on. Sometimes when I’m feeling intellectual I imagine that the scales represent our home values of balance and justice.
But really it’s just nice to have something old and meaningful in our home.
When I have things to do for the week (or, in a particularly busy time, for the day) I divide them into 4 categories:
Do I have to make this thing? Do I have to write, plan, assemble this thing? Does it require a lot of output of brain energy to do this? Then it goes on my create list. Things on my create list generally need to be allotted 1 hour or more of my time, uninterrupted.
What am I consuming? What is on my list that requires me to take in new information? What informs what I’m creating right now? These things go on my consume list, and can be caught up on in the margins of my day; 15 minutes here and there.
Who do I need to talk to/contact/thank? Who should I be checking in with about that thing? Are there any meetings I should take? Again, this can be done on the fly (in 5-15 minutes), but if I have a particularly long list of communication to dos, then I often wrangle all of those into a larger chunk of time, usually before 7AM.
Grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, scheduling repairs, cleaning bathrooms. Must get done, might be time consuming, but require little thought? Then it’s on my care list.
Would this differentiation of your to do list work for you?
Sooo…. I cut down to 3x posting per week in the summer. And I’m still falling kind of behind. So. now I bring you “september Shorts.” Basically… a challenge to myself to create super succinct posts. Might be a glimpse into my life, my brain, or something I’m struggling with.
But less than 250 words. WHAT?
Here’s the first one:
Meet my new
brain planner. It has made my life much better. If you think you have your life under control but still struggle to get your tasks in order… PLANNER. Get one. And, honestly, unless you’ve completely committed to digitizing your entire life, just get a paper planner. I used to depend on my phone calendar and reminder system… but sometimes paper and pen is faster, and just having my planner with me as a reminder to check it is enough to keep me on track. I also find that using one that lists hours throughout the day and gives me space to write down “to dos” really helps.
Do you use a paper planner?