My latest non-fiction title, 10 Things to Forget: to be Creatively Free was a blast to write. In case you can’t afford the book, the basic premise is this:
1. Forget being Original
2. Forget Competition
3. Forget an Audience

4. Forget Perfection
5. Forget Following the Crowd
6. Forget the Drama
7. Forget Having it Made
8. Forget Being Found
9. Forget Creating a Masterpiece
10. Forget Choosing Sides
But after I finished the book, I started thinking about other things that kill artists’ creativity and there were some topics that just weren’t strong enough and ended up on the cutting room floor. However, I thought I could share some with you over the coming weeks.

Forget Being Balanced
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.”
Stephen Covey


So many people strive for it and fail miserably. Here’s something you can succeed at: Priorities.

Focus on what really matters to you. Is it your health? Your family? Your art? Select the top five things that matters most to you and make sure your life is built around them.

“Actions expresses priorities.”
Mahatma Ghandi

Priorities give you a framework and help you to know what to say ‘yes’ to and what to say ‘no’ to. For example, there are some invitations and shows I’ll miss because writing is a priority for me.

Once you know what your priorities are, you’ll shine a light on your excuses too. If you’re not making time for something, then it’s really not a priority to you.

That’s neither good nor bad. It’s just a choice. Choose wisely.

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