Sunday, February 8, 2015

Discovering Your Best Time : : blogheart & Party Giveaway #2

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We've all been given a sweet spot of creative time.  Optimally, it's a daily gift.

These are our most productive moments for we're sharp and alert and right on top of our game.

We get to choose what we want to do with those precious minutes. Or wide open hours. Whatever they may be.

For those of us who find great joy in setting words onto paper, our spacious space is quiet and undistracted.  The urgent must-dos are out of the way.  Our heads are clear and focused, our hearts unfold wide, listening to the Spirit's beckoning. 

The awaiting creative sparks have room to spin and soar, random ideas and words and phrases pour forth and knit themselves together, sometimes surprising us with the force of their unexpected arrival. 

A rhythm, a flow emerges as everything that's within comes together.  Fingertips speed over keyboard with little hesitation.  And our labor of love is birthed, often messy and incomplete as it bursts forth.  We pause to let the offering marinate, return to massage it again and again, and have the pleasure of watching our heart-words finally pull together and take wings.  

As we follow His lead, this whimsically creative process accomplishes what He pleases.

Blogging.  Working on your manuscript.  Crafting a memorable printable.  Designing lesson plans or a sermon.  Journaling.  Letter-writing.  Agenda setting.  Brainstorming some sort of an out-of-the-box project.

Sure, we can produce work at other times of day or night.  But it often ends up forced or hollow or stilted.  And we wonder what's going on for us.  Not to worry.  It's just not your best time, that's all.

Discover and embrace, guard and cherish your sweet spot of creative time.  This sacred space is an incredible grace to enjoy, with the end result going forth as a needed encouragement for another soul.

For when all is said and done, it's all about blessing others.

May our offerings reflect His heart.  And may He prosper the work of our hands. 

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What's your best time look like?
 
 
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With the arrival of each monthly blogheart post, I give away a FREE 30 minute blog coaching session by phone to the FIRST person to comment on the blogheart post.
 
This month only, in celebration of our 8th year launch, I'm offering EACH AND EVERY COMMENTER this opportunity!  Simply leave a comment and then shoot me an email and let me know you're saying 'yes' to this giveaway.  There's no strings attached and I'm not going to pressure you to buy a coaching package. 

Promise.

And if you're not interested in a coaching session, no problem ... please do join the conversation anyway!
 
One caveat?  I need your email in my hands by this Wednesday, February 11th at 9pm {eastern}.  And then I'll be in touch with you to set up our phone appointment.

I cherish the opportunity to connect with YOU at this level, friend.  We can talk about anything blog related.  Anything.  You tell me where you want to go in our time together and we'll head there.  And if you've experienced a free session in the past, you're more than welcome to another ... absolutely! 

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38 comments:

  1. Hi Linda! My best time is early in the morning. I get up at 4 so I can be at the office by 5. I have my Encounter Time and then work on a sermon. The secretary gets here at 8 so I try to have my sermon prep out of the way by then just in case. :) I have little snippets throughout the day but def know my "down time" is from about 1-4 in the afternoon. Not much creative goes on then (except wanting to look at the intricate design of my eyelids). i have hit a creative time about 4:30-5:30 also. Maybe that is after I stop looking at my eyelids. LOL

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    1. 4 am! Wow!

      Don't you love how God is wide awake and ready to encounter us at o'dark thirty? I am impressed with your discipline, Bill ... and I love that after a bit of an afternoon siesta, you come alive again right before suppertime!

      ;-}

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  2. "...guard and cherish your sweet spot of creative time. This sacred space is an incredible grace to enjoy"

    Oh, I appreciate your encouragement here, Linda. Sometimes I still feel guilty about this pleasure of mine of writing. But it is a sacred space indeed, even if only between me and my Lord, but hopefully for the encouragement of others also. Thank you, friend!

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    1. It's quiet around here today. God gently reminds me that when all is said and done, I write for an audience of One.

      And then your kind heart arrives, Lisa. And I am blessed.

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  3. This is so encouraging, Linda! I've never been a morning person, but it really is the best time of the day. But sometimes if mornings are crazy and I find myself with a peaceful hour in the afternoon, I'll grab that too! Blessings!

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    1. Yep ... you're so right. Sometimes we've got to grab the moments that show up before the day gets completely away from us. I hear ya, June!

      And I'm grateful you're here!

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  4. I love the gentle reminder for us to find our sweet spot Linda. I don't know if I have a sweet spot of creativity. Often times it comes when I have a small moment of solace to myself. It's in these moments that I jot down my thoughts (or dictate them via phone) and come back to them after much prayer. That's sort of how I roll :)

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    1. Sounds like super sweet moments, Nicki! And I'm with you ... if I don't grab hold of those sparks and jot them down somewhere, anywhere, they way too often disappear.

      Call it old age or whatever you will!

      Thanks for visiting with us this on this cold gray afternoon. You're a bright spot, for sure!

      ;-}

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  5. I really want to get to work early in the morning, but all of the little emergencies will distract me. I find it's better for me to take care of them and get them off my mind before I get to work. I can usually finish mid morning and then have a great productive time until lunch. After lunch, more emergencies and then productive time until it is time to wrap things up.

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    1. I hear you, Debby. It's difficult to be creative when there's a backlog of things that just have to get taken care of. It's a huge weight lifted off when they're done.

      And then we play!

      ;-}

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  6. I love the way you describe the writing process. For me, the sweet spot is never at the same time. I often write early in the morning, right after I spend time with God. But just as often I feel very creative and rejuvenated right after exercising--there's something about running that helps me solve the polishing problems or plot problems that I've encountered ;).

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    1. Exercising. mmm ... maybe the potential of some kind of energetic creativity when it's over will motivate me to grab my sneakers and get outside.

      But, alas, the snow is everywhere. But spring is coming soon, right?

      ;-}

      I'm going to remember your suggestion, Anita. In some ways, I kind of can't wait to give it a try! My scale tells me I must ...

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  7. I tend to be a night owl and some of my best sweet spots have come late at night long after I should have been resting. Lately, I haven't been writing and I need to remedy that. I think of things to write (usually after I'm already in bed) but then never write them. I am on a blog break right now but don't want that to last forever, so I need to rediscover my sweet spot.

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    1. Sometimes that break can produce a hunger for writing and connection that really sparks some really good work when you return!

      And I hear you about the late at night thing. I've written whole blog posts in my head when I've been half asleep. Really. It's a very weird thing. It usually comes after I've spent too much time online and I go to bed with my brain whirring away. I try to avoid late night screen time as much as possible these days.

      I need my rest!

      Thanks for adding to the conversation here, friend ...

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  8. Linda, as you know I have been slowly trying to find a rhythm that works in this season of life. This post has given me food for thought. I do know in the past my best musings come from during quiet moments in the mornings. My polishing happens at various times....often in a coffee shop in a quiet corner. As I have been experimenting with times other than the morning hours, I find these other times disappear as the day progresses. I am giving grace to myself as I fumble around with this though. Complicating this is some significant difficultty falling asleep then sleeping long in the morning to make up for it. And perpetuating the late nights. So recently I have begun setting my alarm for 8 hours and getting up. We'll see how that goes.

    This week is whacked out in the best way possible. - we are in Portland w the grands😍.

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    1. Yes, yes, Carol. This giving of grace extends to our writing, our rhythms, our morphing into a new season.

      What worked in the past may not work right now. And that's all good. May our writing reflect those fresh spaces we discover!

      Meanwhile, have a ball with the kiddos!

      ;-}

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  9. Linda, this is definitely something I've been working on - trying to use 6 - 8 AM as a time specifically devoted to creativity and ministry. It's my golden time where I can really crank out a lot!

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    1. Kind of neat that each of us have our own internal clock and when we respond to it, great big things happen.

      Nothing big is happening at 6 am around here. Not a thing! Give me a productive late morning any day of the week!

      ;-}

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  10. Oh, this is my prayer too . . . "May our offerings reflect His heart. And may He prosper the work of our hands."

    I have to be honest, I've discovered my best time to write is during my work day. It's when my creative juices start flowing. Now it does cause a problem with staying focused on my work. Trying to figure that all out and begin with capturing the thoughts as they come and not allowing it to pull me away too much.

    Bless you, sweet friend, for the ways you encourage.

    xoxo

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    1. At work, huh? Fascinating! Would love to hear how this plays out for you in practical ways, Beth. Do you keep a running list somewhere?

      I find that as long as I can jot something down real quick, I can revert right back to whatever it was I was doing. {Works well when praying, ya know?}

      Glad you're here. Always!

      ;-}

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    2. No much practical about it currently. Once thoughts for a post come to me I have a hard time pulling myself away. When I'm at work is when I sit for the longest period of time so it works for writing time. BUT it's not when I should be writing. I need to work on that keeping a running list or doing more journaling perhaps. I haven't yet figured out the best way to capture the thoughts as they come. In my mind I have lots of ideas for great blog posts but when I sit down the thoughts seem to disappear. I'm a creature of habit so I need to create a better habit for writing. Just some random thoughts.
      Btw, since you are not on Facebook . . . I'm taking a mini-blogging break until mid-March. Lots of family stuff going on (like our son's homecoming soon) so keeping my focus where I know it needs to be. Maybe I will start a journal! :)
      Much love.
      xoxo

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    3. I'm with you! If I don't jot it down somewehere, it's gone like the wind. I've got a pad going right by the computer for random thoughts, and if I'm online, I'll actually go in and type a few words to start a post and then save it and head off.

      I'll miss you around here! But I am so pumped that your son is coming home. In some ways it seems like yesterday that he went off to serve. You must be so excited.

      I'll be doing a bit of a break around that March timeframe, too. We'll meet up again before long! I HATE goodbyes!

      {sniff, sniff}

      BTW, if you're around at the beginning of the week, you'll like the giveaway I'll be doing. Promise.

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  11. I agree that finding that creative time, that hour (or two hours) during your day when you can sit back, relax, and write is important. My best time to work is after dinner from about 6-8pm.

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    1. Sounds like a good meal kicks up the creative energy level for you, Chrys! Cool! Yep, being relaxed is a key need to produce our best. I can't go there when I'm under pressure or the clock is ticking.

      Thanks for coming by tonight. Welcome!

      ;-}

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  12. This looks like a fun opportunity! Glad I found your blog! Where can I send in my e-mail??

    Anyhoo, I found your blog through a fellow blogger, and just thought I'd drop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same - or better yet! - keep in touch! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Hey Gingi, welcome! So glad your friend let you know about this little online space! If you'd like a free blog coaching session, just click on the link to my email in the last part of the post and shoot me a quick note and we'll go from there.

      Great to meet ya'!

      :-}

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    2. So nice to meet you, and thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope we can keep in touch!! <3

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  13. Oh how I needed this, Linda! I think my sweet spot for writing is in the morning, but I'm ashamed to admit I spend too much of that time on social media... I could really use your coaching session! I'll definitely be sending you an email and sharing this great opportunity for others on Twitter :). I have been thinking a lot about your post on social media ever since I read it. Thanks for your constant encouragement and wonderful advice, my friend!

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    1. Thanks for spreading the news, Candace! Looking forward to 'meeting' you and rolling up our sleeves together for a half hour!

      This is social media at its best, isn't it?

      ;-}

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  14. My still moments are in the morning while everyone is still asleep and the sun is getting ready to shine in it's radiance. I have found I need these mornings or my day just seems off. What a generous spirit you have to offer your services for free. What a blessing.

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    1. mmm, yes, Alecia. Those still moments are our foundation stone, the platform from which everything else flows.

      There's nothing alike a bunch of off-days to remind us how much we need solitude and silence before God and with ourselves.

      Thanks for coming by this morning, friend!

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  15. You know it's funny, Linda . . . I was just thinking about suggesting a phone call to you--just to chat. But I'd love to talk about blogging stuff too. I do need a sounding board in that arena of my life where most, if not all of my local friends, do not have a clue! So I'd love to set something up. I'm hoping over to my email right after this to put my request in, my friend! You are sooo very generous to do this! God bless you as you have blessed and continue to bless others!

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    1. Looking forward to hearing your voice again, Beth. I'll work to make it a powerful half hour for you. It's conversations like this that turn readers into friends ...

      But THAT we already know!

      ;-}

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  16. I love your words at the end of this post-May our offerings reflect His heart. And may He prosper the work of our hands. To me this is what I strive for in my writing. I am bummed that I missed the Wednesday deadline for the phone call with you! Hope to get in on it another time! :)

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    1. There's always grace ... lots!

      ;-}

      You know I'm glad you're here ... and I look forward to connecting next week!

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  17. I have never really thought about when my best time is. Thanks for making me stop and think about that. Visiting from WFMW.

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    1. Glad we could brainstorm a bit together, Pary!

      ;-}

      Welcome to Creekside ...

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Welcome to the table, friend!

This is where we gather and hang out. I'd love for you to pull up a chair and jump right into the conversation. Or simply say 'hello.'

l'll be dropping in to visit you sometime soon ...

Linda

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