One thing that’s been bothering me lately is space.
… No, not outer space you nerd-face.
I mean I have no space in my life for the creative pursuits I love and value. Or, at the very least, I’ve let the immediate life todos crowd out my priorities.
I keep imagining having an empty studio space. Nothing but a desk, a chair, some music instruments and some blank paper.
This is part wish fulfillment, but also not out of the realm of possibility. Technically speaking, I shouldn’t need a place to create. All I really have to do is schedule creative time and do that from anywhere. But man…. it sure sounds appealing.
A place to write.
A place to jam.
A place to create.
A place for downtime.
Downtime is where I get my best ideas.
The second I have a quiet, uninterrupted moment to myself, I am flooded with ideas.
My best writing was created in quiet moments.
My best songs, when I had the time and space to just play.
Downtime is where the creative magic happens. It’s a block of time where you have nothing to do but to think (and ideally create). Nowadays, our downtime is filled with likes and scrolling instead of sitting with yourself and letting your mind wander.
The issue is, it always seems like I need to add more to my life in order to get less.
MORE = LESS?
More jobs. More clients. More meetings. More money. More stuff. More skills. This is what I did the last couple of years. I was making more than I ever had, had more clients, more meetings. But you know what I didn’t have?
Space. Time. Intentionality. Downtime.
The more things I did, the less I had.
Now, I’m a recovering do-aholic. I have a long way to go to recovery (financially, emotionally, schedule-y), but I’m starting on the path I want to be on.
More created less.
Now I believe the opposite to be closer to the truth:
LESS = MORE
Less work; More quality. Fewer meetings; More intentional relationships. Narrowed Focus; More value.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #561