“When you are creating to the magnitude that I try to create, your brain is like a computer, and you need to refresh.”Missy Elliott, Musician
“Rest until you feel like playing, then play until you feel like resting, period. Never do anything else.”Martha Beck, Author
Sometimes, we just need to sit down and work on our craft. As much as learning and seeking inspiration can help us come up with our own ideas, they also be distracting and take away time from putting pen to paper (literally and metaphorically speaking).
No conversations. No books. No twitter. No inputs—just pure focus on creating. Without effort, there is no output, just ideas, and dreams.
But on the flip side too much work back-to-back and we’ll deplete our energy and stamina, which also slows and stops great ideas from coming.
There have been many times where I’ve been go-go-going and I’m seeming to make progress, but in reality, I’m treading water. Or I’m working on good things, but I’m agitated, my neck is yelling at me and I’m not present with what I’m doing so my work suffers.
All work and no play makes Josh a dull boy.
We need both creative input and creative output to make great things and enjoy making them.
It’s good to take stand up and walk away for a while. Space and time are great creative palette cleansers. Go for a walk. Draw something. Workout. Write a poem. Work on some unrelated craft or project. Read a good book. Sleep on it. And then come back with fresh eyes.
Fresh eyes create fresh ideas.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #909