Last month, over a 3-day weekend, my husband and I decided to try a DIY At Home Creative Retreat, giving ourselves permission to ignore chores and Netflix to focus on our projects. We decided that we would have a one-and-a-half-day retreat beginning on Saturday morning and ending Sunday afternoon. The day before the retreat we made a schedule and came up with some ground rules. These were simple and included a degree of unplugging, meditation and a daily walk. We each chose a focus and the next morning we got to work. The time went by fast and we ended the day with an Artsy film from 1991.
So how did it go? Overall, we both thought it was a very useful experience. We have been mostly home for a year but much of that time gets sucked up by house projects and organizing chores. Dedicating the time and giving ourselves permission to focus on a creativity was key. Stocking the kitchen and planning meals as well as agreeing on the structure kept us from wasting time deciding what to do next. Having a schedule kept interruptions to a minimum and allowed us to select tasks to fit the time.