Making time and getting organised

Adams Plaza Bridge, Canary Wharf Crossrail station. Photo by lipstickloriYou may have noticed that, over the last few months, my blogging has tailed off somewhat. I’ve been trying to find the time to write, and time to plan what I want to write, but it never seems to come together. I used to have lists of ideas for blog posts in the notebook that lives in my handbag, but I don’t think I’ve written one yet this year. I keep hoping that one day, I’ll find more time… one day, I’ll find inspiration… one day, it’ll all just come together. The problem is that, so far, this hasn’t happened.

It’s not just my blogging that has suffered this sad fate in recent months. I had lots of exciting ideas for what to do with my existing research and new avenues to explore, but have not yet found time to flesh any of it out. There’s the exhibitions I want to visit and the friends I’d like to catch up with. And then, of course, there’s the general life admin – all the things I’ve been meaning to do for ages and haven’t quite got around to it, like registering with a dentist, clearing out the spare room and taking nice things I don’t wear to a clothing exchange. My brain doesn’t seem to be able to focus on any of it right now. It’s like the little organisation fairy who I’m pretty sure resides in my brain has decided to only work during office hours.

What do you do when you have been deserted by your muse? Panic, or enjoy the time off and wait for normal service to resume in its own time? When I considered this problem I felt that a day to myself, with no plans other than relaxation, might be what’s needed to recharge my mental batteries. I am now planning an offline day where I roam London looking for inspiration, snapping photos and jotting things in a notebook. I already have a research notebook and a cute little one that would be great for blogging ideas, so now I just need to think of somewhere to go to. What are your favourite places in London, to sit in or wander round and be inspired?

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