Getting Things Done

They Advise According to Their Own Lights

I asked Makia, my white cat, “What I should write about today?”

She replied, “I have seen you get distracted from your projects and I think that we (our animal family) have advice for you and other people on how to stay on track.”

She went on to say, “I think that whenever you work on a project that is dear to you, you should turn off your phone and your email.  You should let creativity come with out interference.”

Serafina, my gray cat, says, “I think that you should work on your projects at the same time each day.  That way, if there are any spirits or angels that help you, they know how to plan their schedule.  Also, if you do this, your mind and body will be conditioned to start creating at that time.  All animals are creatures of habit.”

Bean, my black bunny, says, “I think it is important to eat your greens before you start your project so that your body and mind have natural energy.  I do this before I make a new door in my cardboard house.”

Luca, cream-colored medium poodle, says, “I think that for moments before you start your project you should sit, meditate, and organize your thoughts so that when you start the projects all the other stuff is out of your head.”

Stormy, my black-bicolored Aussie, says, “I believe it is important to love your project, otherwise it will never get done.  Love it with all that you have inside of you and then your project will turn out better than you expected.”

Seamore, my blue and gold macaw, says, “My advice is to be brave and be confident that you can do a project.  It is also to allow the sun to warm you during the day, so that you feel safe in your space.  Space is very important.  Find a safe space to do your project.”

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