I like lists. I like bullet lists. I have, and still use a bullet journal. I have a digital to do list as well. But, before you all jump to any conclusions, I am not a list addict. I know the dangers of too many lists. I fall into that particular procrastination trap every so often, but I’m not too bad… really, honest.
Lists are great for getting things out of my head. They clear the space for the creative magic to take place. Out of my head and I no longer need to worry about them. But the lists get longer and longer. Once they are on the lists, I worry about the lists. I’m not a worrier per se… really, honest.
I am always looking for ways to get my stuff done. And I’m worried that lists don’t always work for me. One of the dangers with lists is that they are rigid. You add to them, cross or check off items… they are always there. But even though they are immortal, they are not truly alive, they lack a soul, they lack spirit – even if at times they can feel demonic.
I’m looking for something alive. Lists are ok, but I need more life. The stuff is out of my head but things are a little too structured. I like to be organised but I also like organic. Right angles create boxes, create rigidity. You can get perspective from straight lines, but it feels static. Curves allow flow and movement.
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My life, including all my work, is a creative journey. I travel a creative road or path. I don’t want to spend that journey looking at rigid to do lists and next actions. However, I do want some signposts and guidance, both natural – seasonal, lunar, landscape, personal energy – and ‘memade’ – maps, rituals, reminders, prompts.
I have been thinking around this for my New Moon Ritual. This is an organic ritual, it varies in time and focus, and is pretty much the sort of thing I have hinted at above. When looking at the dates for the new and full moon I found that this lunar cycle includes a couple of eclipses. There was an eclipse at the new moon and there is an eclipse at the full moon. I read that an eclipse is ‘a cosmic harbinger for irreversible change’. And in my journal I noted that change means letting something go.
Is it time to rethink the lists and my current process?
Do I need to ‘let go’ and open the door to a radically different creative approach?
It sounds like I am always reworking my process and procrastinating over my actions, but I’m not… really, honest.
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