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R. J Dyson is a husband, father, coach through Creativista Coaching, and author of several books, including Lexicon of Awesome, The Edge, Create Day Journal, and more. 

He's convinced that we’re all designed with the ability to imagine and create with purpose...

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Creativity is your sweet spot. Songwriter, artist, author, you create because you feel alive with purpose when you do. But something's off. Maybe you feel like you're in a dry spell OR realize you're undisciplined with poor habits OR you've never cast a vision and are wondering if now is a good time? Now is a great time! How many more days, months, years are you willing to trudge in place? 

 

Listen, Life Coaching for Creatives is a partnership designed to help you discover, clarify and take steps on your creative journey. Together we make a plan to move from where you are to where you want to be.

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  • R.J Dyson

The Edge: Book One of the Return of the Guide Series (grab one HERE) was written during the wee hours of the morning, before my son rose to prep for school. I'd write until he ventured downstairs, packed his lunch, then joined me at the dining room table for breakfast.


We'd spend the next half hour talking about life, faith, and random bits of, well, randomness.


But here I am waiting on the final approval for The Chain: Book Two (read chapter one HERE) in the ROTG Series.


This time around, writing found its way into another space in life - my afternoons. Somewhere between 1 and 5pm, time for writing would free up as coaching and design projects concluded. The sheer amount of joy I've experienced while sitting down to discover what Heschel, Joanna, and Chih were up to as the glow prompted, tugged, and pulled their stories in wild directions at Compound 40 has been incredible.


Seasons change.


Schedules change.


But the clarity, confidence, and courage to continue developing a story that needs to be told, even in a moment of doubt or disappointment, this clear mission to seek and share moral, spiritual, and cultural truth alongside Heschel and Joanna will nevertheless march forward.


How are you doing in your creative habits? How are you adjusting to change?



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You've never heard of The Blockenhower Flow?


Seriously?


Alright...alright...here's the deal. After several years of helping creatives put together simple systems for creative habits, I've landed on a handful of interconnected tools that build into, onto, and through one another.


Grab a free downloadable tool HERE. Here's the premise - and let me just say that in one form or another, this little ditty (or series of ditties) has helped shaped the game for many an artist.


The Blockenhower Flow:

  1. Block: You know it. The old block schedule. This is the foundation of the building you'll be constructing. It's the structure by which all other planning will be engaged upon. Vaguely familiar? Punch Block Scheduling into YouTube and choose your own adventure.

  2. Matrix: Not the series. Look, creatives plan. And we plan with the help of sweet and simple tools like the classic Eisenhower Matrix. Important & Urgent baby! At the start of every week, take stock of your projects, run them through this matrix, then plug them into your block for the week.

  3. List: The old school daily planner. You know what? Still works. Only now, this little daily list of unexpected tasks, opportunities, meetings, challenges, etc. is worked into the plan you put together ahead of time, leaving room for these surprises. That's right, your block schedule was prepared. Go figure.

Put all three together in a workable form and shape your own Blockenhower Flow.

  • R.J Dyson

I have a love/hate relationship with procrastination. I hate it, but it loves me. Well, maybe I like it a little, sometimes, in the right circumstances. But in general, left uncapped, it's the reason New Year Resolutions have been outlawed in my home.


There's a great TED on procrastination and you should definitely give it a watch, connect some dots, and enter the wilds appropriately. But even this TED, as with most TEDs, despite its brilliance, only instigates the soul-searching journey into the subject matter. It doesn't solve it.


That said, let me toss out a few things to ponder as you wrestle the panic monster alongside the lying, cheating professional thief monkey.

  1. Are you procrastinating in all areas of life: work, marriage, creative pursuits, parenting, education, health, faith, etc.? Or just one in particular?

  2. Have you experienced measurable failure or loss due to procrastination? If so, how has it impacted your planning since? If not, what do you want to shift in order to avoid the inevitable?

  3. What percentage of headspace is left in the fog due to the endless pushing off of life? Are you even aware anymore that your thinking is cloudy?!

  4. What simple step can you do today, right now, to put one project, one goal, into a planned and actionable rhythm until it's completed?

Here's a tip: Choose one area of life to make sense of and schedule bite-size chunks of action. Choose something that's important and urgent enough to chase after, but not so important that a new system of preparation derails you. Take a baby step. It's okay. You can do it!



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