I haven't had much to share in the On My Table category lately with all the life happenings and the recent reconfiguring of what I do. I've been feeling the lack of making things, and it reminded me that for a long while I've been struggling with a lack of consistent journaling and writing in my life, too.
I started circling around the problem as I have umpteen times in the past couple of years. Years! (At some point I may write about how a teacher and coach falls into a trap she helps others escape, but not right now.) I threw myself back into the maelstrom of "I need space to set out my notebooks and have them close at hand but my house is too messy and I have no room and I just can't fix it!" And then I reminded myself that I am a Kaizen-Muse™ Creativity Coach, for crying out loud! I know how to deal with this sort of overwhelm--it's what we do. We're overwhelm busters (among other things). I probably should have talked to one of my fellow coaches about my difficulties--we could have gotten to this conclusion ages ago! But, at least I'm there now. I found an inroad into getting where I want to go.
Last night, after reminding myself that all I need to do is take one Small Step, I had an epiphany. I would like to do some of my writing and journaling at the office, but I didn't have a good place there to set out my journal and pens and things to act as a visual reminder for me. My journal, pens, notebook, etc. do not take up that much space. Where could I put them?
I thought about what I needed from such a space. Accessibility from my chair, including visually because seeing my tools makes me reach for them more often. Enough space to open a notebook and write in it without having to move anything. That's pretty much it. Did I have anything like that in my office? Yes. How about that catch-all corner of my desk? It was home to random papers (hey, that's where that recipe got to!), bottles of vitamins, expired coupons, and my fingerless gloves. That space was plenty big enough for my writing and journaling tools. And it's behind me but off to the side so I see that corner in my peripheral vision every time I turn my head slightly. It's a perfect spot, and it was right there all along just waiting for me to look for something (some place) small.
You know how long it took me to clear the space? Three minutes. No, really. Three minutes. The recipes went into a folder of recipes I had already set up, the vitamins went into a drawer, the coupons went into the garbage, and the gloves went to the opposite corner of the desk. Then I set my tools in the cleared space, and I was done.
Is this the perfect, end-all-be-all solution to my problem? No. But it's a good start. It's going to make picking up my journal or notebook and writing a bit much easier. And you know what happens when you make your work easier and do a little bit of it? It gets even easier to do more.
The take-aways from all of this? Your writing, your dream, your work needs space. You do not have to have the perfect space, just space. You can do one small thing and make just a little space for yourself and your dream and get started right there.
So go! Make some space for yourself. Do a little something for your dream. I'm going to go write in my journal.