This is a scheduled post.
I find that is the best way I can operate - by scheduling out certain things. Double up on the work in one spot so I can have room to breathe in another.
Most of my week is built out into 75 minute blocks. I assign set projects to each of those blocks - nothing else happens in that 75 minutes. No email, no social media. Sometimes there isn’t even music playing.
One project, one task, one block. The idea is to keep my focus to one thing at a time so I don’t burn myself out by jumping from one window to the next or getting sucked into something that will kill the flow to whatever I need to be working on.
Sometimes, though, no matter what the discipline, I get burnt out on certain projects. So I have to clear everything. Unplugging or going on internet detoxes are far from a new idea, but that is exactly what I’m doing right now.
This post was written and scheduled on a Thursday because I wanted to not look at a screen on Saturday.
I am in a position where people expect me to be creative on demand. It is draining knowing I have to sit down at a desk and come up with a line of copy by the end of the day that will sell $10,000 worth of merchandise most people do not need.
It’s like walking up to a funny guy and saying “hey, say something hilarious!”
They will look at you and say something like “your face” or “your sense of self” before they walk away.
Today I’m getting on a bicycle and riding through some mountains and going to see a band I’ve never heard of. I’ll be taking some time to read some very intentional books. I will be jotting things down, with in, in a notebook that is about to fall apart.
On the drive home we’ll listen to a podcast and pull off at scenic overlooks.
Through it all I won’t be trying to make anything or capture a great photo or spin up a new blog or essay in my brain. I’ll be doing nothing because that’s the key to what I need to be doing.
And maybe on Monday there won’t be something scheduled and the on-demandness of life will work out just fine.