What will you do in the Creative Focus Workshop?
A step-by-step breakdown of how we do what we do.
Week 1: Setting Goals
The biggest stumbling block for building creative focus in your life, and thus actually finishing your projects and getting them out into the world, is setting the right goals. We’ll spend the first two modules sorting through your Idea Debt, clarifying your commitments, and choosing your focus.
Lesson 1: Set One Goal. Address your Idea Debt, learn how to prioritize and choose, and pick a single creative goal for your next 6-9 week sprint.
Lesson 2: Open Loops. Examine your surroundings and various half-abandoned systems to identify and capture the commitments you’ve (sometimes unconsciously) made to yourself and others.
Week 2: The Creative Marathon
In week two, we figure out how to set your specific conditions for success. We look at how you work best, and what has stood in your way, and then we systematize the approach that works for you, so you can replicate it on demand. We also look at how your own demons of perfectionism and self-doubt undermine you—and how to fight back.
Lesson 3: Creative Marathon. Look back at your creative history and identify your conditions for success.
Lesson 4: Creative Practice is Self-Care. What are you telling yourself when you try to create? How can you fight back against the ways you’re undermining yourself?
Lesson 5: Your Ideal Week, Next Week. Given the real world we live in, how can you maximize your creative time?
Week 3: Integration
Staring your demons straight in the eye. Making hard decisions about what matters to you most. Saying YES, and saying no.
These are all highly-charged, emotional moments. In the middle of the CFW, we take a week-long break, with no new coursework, to reflect on and integrate what you’ve learned.
Our mid-point group video meeting happens this week.
Week 4: Building your trusted system
In week three we will take what we’ve learned about your true goals and your personal creative rhythm and we will put that together into a system that will support you as you move forward on your creative work every day (or week or month) from now on. What’s important about the system is not the particular platform, but that you use it, so that you come to trust it. Trusting your system, knowing it will be there for you, knowing that you don’t have to depend on pure willpower to force creative work to happen, is how you create space for inspiration and flow to arrive.
Lesson 6: Asking Questions. Discover the best way to break down your big goals into doable chunks by asking questions to get a complete grasp on how you’ll build the path to success.
Lesson 7: Choose Your Tool. Given what you’ve learned about yourself in Week 2, what tracking tool will work best for you?
Week 5: Tracking and the road ahead
Finally, there’s the question of how this system will continue to work for you in the future. In week four, we develop robust tracking and review processes that will keep you moving forward. We also revisit your vision for the future, now that you have some inkling of what you’re capable of, and set a path that will allow you to arrive at the destination you dream of.
Lesson 8: Next Actions. Take your subgoals and break them down to daily and weekly steps, so that you’re no longer overwhelmed by the entirety of what you want to achieve.
Lesson 9: The Key is the Trust. Your review procedure is the missing link between just having some kind of system and actually using it as a tool to accelerate your creative work.
…And here is when you’ll do it.
The Creative Focus Workshop is guided and structured. You won’t be left on your own to figure out what to do when. Lessons drop on specific days, accountability is programmed in, and the video meetings (with alerts a few minutes ahead!) are already in the calendar so you can plan around them.
Dates: March 17 – April 22, 2018
The Creative Focus Momentum System
If you opt for the Momentum System, your Creative Focus experience will be extended for 6 weeks. There will be weekly accountability email check-ins and office hours meetings, as well as 1:1 goal setting meetings!
Dates: April 23, 2018 – June 1, 2018