Ugh! This week I found myself in the doldrums. I was stuck because I was incased in an unmoving wind. The image is a picture of Lethargarians from the classic children's book The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Lethargarians live in the Doldrums. I've attached a copy of their daily schedule for your enjoyment.
So what happens when a creativity coach finds herself in the doldrums? Well... nothing.
Lucky for me, I have a few tools up my sleeve that work much better than trying to create my own wind!
The most important tool is kindness to myself. The doldrums happen sometimes. I won't beat myself up for being stagnant for a week. It just isn't the end of the world. If I'm beating on myself for being a lethargarian, I'm not likely to find any energy to move forward. Self-deprecation is an exhausting endeavor.
The flip side to lethargy is lull. Lull is a good thing. Sometimes we just need a break. Lull has no "shoulds", just rest. When the lull turns to lethargy, I take a Kaizen small step to get me going again.
I'd love to help you navigate the doldrums of your creative voyage. They happen to most of us at one time or another. Remember, be kind to yourself and extend your creative self a guiding hand, not a fierce push!
8 AM: Wake Up
8 through 9: Daydream
9 through 9:30: Take early midmorning nap
9:30 through 10:30: Dawdle and Delay
10:30 through 11:30: Take late early morning nap
11:30 through 12: Bide time and then eat lunch
1 PM to 2 PM: Linger and Loiter
2 through 2:30: Take early afternoon nap
2:30 to 3:30: Put off for tomorrow of what could've been done today
3:30 to 4: Take Early Late Afternoon nap
4 to 5: Loaf and Lounge until dinner
6 to 7: Dillydally
7 to 8: Take Early Evening Nap
8 to 9: Waste Time
9: Go to Sleep
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