Under three months left…
And I am distracted.
I have blogged every day this year, but now I find myself at the point of distraction.
The month of October has been low in productivity so far. This is because I have had too much time on my hands some days and not enough on others. That has led to an imbalance in my habits which have always been the backbone of my ability to get things done.
But this week, I have been lost.
You see, it has been a national holiday week in China, and I have been full-on work for half of it and then off for the other half. The full-on days have left me tired and lacking for time, and the foot-off-the-gas days has left me lazy and off habit.
I have been productive, just not at the level I was expecting. I probably fell into that trap of overestimating what you can do in a day or week and underestimating what you can do in a month or a year.
I think I was overestimating what I could get done this holiday week. But no sense in kicking my own ass about that because that never helps motivate me. I always find it better to have a serious grown-up reflective conversation with myself about stuff, park it in a box and move on.
There was also another factor at play resulting in my slow week. I also needed some CREATIVE REST, so I took the time to embrace that.
I found some headspace and feel better having taken the time to unwind.
Creative rest is about exposing yourself to other creative people. Pouring over other artistic, nature-based, and innovative environments to soak up fresh ideas and motivation.
During this period of refreshment, you sit it out.
Back off from creating and only observe and reflect. I do not even take notes when I am in this state of mind. It is about toping up the ideas blender and letting things turn over in my head on low revs. Ideas will marinate and flavour up what was already in my mind, and it’s from days like this I get new directions.
Tomorrow is a new day, and I am ready to get back on it.
I am ready for a new direction.