Organisation

Tick, tick, tick.

Tick, tick, tick. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Tick, tick, tick. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Move through the list.

Tick, tick, tick.

This then that then that then this.

Each win takes a brick from my shoulders.

Lighter, easier, free.

Tick, tick, tick.

Move through the list.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,368

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Enjoying all the things.

Enjoying all the things. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Enjoying all the things. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I have a lot to do and only a limited number of days to do it in.

And, I’d like to enjoy all those things.

Ok, that’s good to note. All these things are things I have chosen to do. They all make the world a better place, so – well worth the effort.

Then, once they are all done, I’m going on a holiday!

So, do lots of great things you love and then go on a holiday and have fun.

No problems.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,308

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It’s a bit messy.

It’s a bit messy. Drawing Luke Hockley.

It’s a bit messy. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

The next few days are a bit messy.

I’ve got a few things that are half undone that need some love and attention…and I’m not sure I exactly have the time available to do those things and to do the things I know to do to keep myself well balanced, happy and productive.

Can I embrace it all?

Can I own the choices and find a compromise that gets me a bit of everything?

I don’t know. I really don’t.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,217

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Productive, connected, creative and rested.

Productive, connected, creative and rested. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Productive, connected, creative and rested. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Somehow, I have the space this week to feel like I will be able to be productive, connected, creative and rested.

Thing is I’m not quite sure how all this turned out.

I know it is a result of decisions I have made…could every week be like this?

Or is it just an anomaly? Or can this happen every few weeks?

I’m going to stop thinking about and just kick back and enjoy it.

Love

Luke

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Day 1,203

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An unhelpful conversation.

An unhelpful conversation. Drawing Luke Hockley.

An unhelpful conversation. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I’m having a bit of an unhelpful conversation with myself at the moment.

Stopping myself from doing things because of how it might look to other people.

I have this habit of knowing what I want and then standing on the edge of it and not taking the action that needs to be taken to make it happen.

Letting all kinds of small logistical problems get in the way of me doing the thing I want to do.

I could really do without that kind of stagnation.

Is it a fear of doing something publicly that might not be quite right?

Of changing direction in public? Of having to explain myself to others?

I’m not sure.

But I would dearly love this unhealthy conversation to stop.

Love

Luke

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I love the rhythm of my life.

I love the rhythm of my life. Drawing Luke Hockley.

I love the rhythm of my life. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

The thing about holidays is that the rhythm of my life goes all haywire.

It seems like it is ideal.

Freedom!

I can do what I want, sleep when I want, watch movies when I want, exercise when I want, eat when I want…

And that all sounds perfect, except it does not suit my constitution.

I am a creative soul who is incredibly nurtured by rhythms and structures.

I love deciding, in advance, what is important to me and then structuring my time to reflect that.

The decisions about what I will be doing when are then taken care of.

Time away from such a schedule is great, for a moment, but I tend to let go of the fundamental things that keep me balanced. Movement, writing this letter early each day, eating my meals at regular times, getting enough sleep…

Maybe I need to build a holiday rhythm? So that way I can have time away from the everyday but not lose the fundamentals?

Also, it’s nice to have a break every now and then, but the everyday is not a punishment I need to escape.

It is comforting to know that I love the rhythm of my life.

Love

Luke

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A weight off my shoulders.

A weight off my shoulders. Drawing Luke Hockley.

A weight off my shoulders. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I’m a bit confused.

The last week or so I have had very tight shoulders. This is quite unusual for me. But, for some reason, my shoulders have become like ropes. Very uncomfortable.

Why?

I don’t think there is one reason.

I dug some holes, that probably contributed.

I’ve been at the gym more than I was, I’m sure that played a part (but maybe not…)

I’ve been busy, very busy, busier than I like to be.

Yesterday something happened, and the tension started to drop away.

This was a huge relief. But also confusing. What happened?

I went to the gym and whilst I was warm I stretched out my back – so that helped. But, I think this was actually the key piece, I also got some of my creative projects moving again. And when I did I felt the weight lifted off my shoulders.

There is something important going on here. Something that seems counter intuitive.

When I don’t have a clear commitment to my next creative deadline then I fall in a hole. I act like I am giving myself a break…which obviously having some down time is needed, but if I am wavering on whether I should do this or that, or what the next move is, or whatever then I go into a kind of limbo that makes me feel like everything I am doing is a waste of time.

When I get a new project in place and I commit to delivering it, then the opposite happens. All the effort I am doing to make my life keep turning is worth it. Then I become productive again.

Strangely, at these times, I don’t need less to do I need more.

Who knew?

Love

Luke

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My beautiful schedule.

My beautiful schedule. Drawing Luke Hockley.

My beautiful schedule. Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

Sometimes I don’t feel like doing it and yet I do it anyhow because it is in my schedule and I have already committed to doing it.

That’s the beauty of a schedule.

It’s an agreement with myself as to what is important to me and an allocation of time according to that agreement.

In a way following it becomes a ritual, something I do because I do it. Something I have already agreed with myself has meaning for me.

This saves me negotiating with myself every day whether I think this or that is worth the effort or interesting or the ‘right thing’ to do.

I can’t really believe how much I enjoy having things locked down into a schedule. I would never have thought this was the kind of thing I wanted, but there you go, it is.

Love

Luke

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How to do a weekend?

How to do a weekend? Drawing Luke Hockley.

How to do a weekend? Drawing Luke Hockley.

Dear Self,

I am surprised to find myself saying that structure is very important to me.

I seem to really need to know what is going to happen and what will be followed by what. How long this will happen before I move onto that.

This structure is most important when I am working on my own and I have no external need to be somewhere or do something. I find in this situation I like to break the day up into chunks of time and then agree with myself what it is I am going to do in those chunks. Otherwise I sit around just doing nothing (on the internet) and then wondering where the day went and why I didn’t get any of the things done I wanted to get done.

Or…

I am on holiday and the only structure I need is to make sure I eat 3 meals a day. But in that situation, I really let all the threads go. Time changes, there is space all day. I find hours pass without me noticing. I enjoy this kind of time immensely…but it is hard to come back from and it’s not healthy for me all the time. I get a bit mushy and don’t like how that feels.

I think I get confused about how to do a weekend, a rest day…a day that is neither full on holiday nor a creative working day. I can end up a little in between the two things and not really feeling rested or productive.

It’s a bit confusing.

Love

Luke

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Life administration.

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Life administration. Drawing Luke Hockley

Dear Self,

A pile of paper.

Bills and receipts. The shopping. The washing. Cleaning the bathroom. Vacuuming the floor. Cooking.

Did I mention cleaning?

This stuff is critical.

But I can resent it if I am not careful.

When it is done it sets the foundation in place for everything else.

All I have to do is keep my eye on the prize and enjoy each task for what it is.

Easy. Right?

Love

Luke

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