Efficiency of Systems

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Since society is attempting a return to some sort of normality, I’ve noticed a few situations which were introduced over the last year or so and have stayed. Here are a few of them:

Not having to sign for deliveries

Paying contactless for nearly everything

My kids wear their PE kit to school on PE day

These are just a few things which make me wonder why we didn’t do it like that before, I’m sure there are many others, feel free to reply and let me know!

The other day I was hanging up some clothes which I’d ironed. I have wooden hangers with metal hooks and normally hook them over my right hand in order to hang them up with my left. On this occasion it was very painful, the clothes were heavy and the hooks were digging into my hand, I put away the first couple of items from the front, in an attempt to go as quickly as I could to relieve the pain, when I stopped and realised that it was only the two hangers at the back which were causing the pain and if I only just took the clothes from the back of my hand and not the front, then there would be no problem and no pain. It seemed so obvious at the time that I began to wonder where else in my life I was allowing it to be difficult when in fact there was an easy option right in front of me and I just couldn’t see it.

So now I have some of my household goods ordered in bulk or on subscription. I combine the walks on the beach, which I rarely used to find time for, with trips to the supermarket to do smaller shops on foot. I enlist the help of my family more and have taken to ‘shopping in my own wardrobe’, an activity I would definitely recommend. I bet you have some treasures there if you look, take the time to put a few outfits together and get one out the night before, I bet you have more options than you thought and you have saved yourself and the planet some precious resources. 

What has all this got to do with creativity and mindfulness? 

It is about creating the systems that work for you and noticing what can be adapted, applied or improved from existing systems which may or may not be working. 

Today I photographed my series of monochrome oils. Instead of attaching them to the wall and attempting to hold the camera still and in the same place or faffing with the tripod, I used my phone in a bracket angled downwards and put each painting flat on the table inside a set of corners marked in pencil then just bluetoothed them to my laptop. Quicker, easier, and more effective - sounds like a Radiohead song. 

 

In other news, next weekend is an exciting one:

 

Friday Night is Attentive Art Night. It is friendly, it is fun and it is free. No reason not to join then - all the details are HERE

 

Saturday is the first Creative Visualisation Workshop on Zoom. Join me live for two hours (including teabreak, cake is allowed) Where we move through each of the five senses to bring about something you wish to have in your life by using colour and music to create a piece of abstract art. This is a great workshop which I have taught in person, now you can do it from the comfort of your home. I’d love to see you there, all the details are HERE.

 

I have also just released my ebook/brochure all about using art for positivity and to enhance the energy in your spaces, lots of tips and affordable ways to achieve this, get your copy free HERE.

 

I hope you have fun this week assessing and amending your systems, 

 

Here’s to effective efficiency.

 

Have a great week and I’d love to see you next weekend, 

 

Sophie X 



Sophie Walker

Mindful Creativity Practitioner, Artist and Writer., Attentive Art

I'm an Artist who studied psychology and mindfulness to help myself overcome some of life's challenges. Now I help others to do the same using creativity and psychology. I believe creativity holds the key to the enjoyment of life and I want to help everyone to feel good about yourself and your life.