"Bird by Bird" is a lovely book by Ann Lamott about her creative path as a writer. It is a book I would recommend to anyone who wants to read about sustaining a creative life. "Bird by Bird" refers to her father's comment to her brother sitting down one evening to start and finish a project for school the next day. It's a bit like the old story, "how to eat an elephant" - just a mouthful at a time.
In my plan I now have a tidy desk when I leave my studio at night.
There is no way the floor is going to be tidy overnight or my table clear but I am gradually tidying each night and soon I know things are going to be more ordered. The other day I filed and ordered paper - another job ticked off the list.
I have already realised that I need to do my computer part of my life in the morning because I am not strong enough not to sneak a peek at Facebook or my emails. And so the way the plan works, with a bit of adjustment, at the moment I have two hours in the morning on my computer and three hours in the afternoon making.
"I paint flowers so they do not die." Frida Kahlo