Creative Seasons, Productive Cycles
Many of my “next projects” come from conversations. When I’m deep inside of a project, I’m not conversing with much of anyone. My social media feeds go a little quieter; the only thing I hear is my keyboard clacking away in my empty office.
At least there is carpet in here, for now, to absorb some of the noise.
Inversely, I know that when I am in the conversations and the throes of social media engagement, I know I’m not doing my best work.
I’ve managed this part way by blocking out my day into 5, 75-minute blocks. Sometimes, one of those blocks is for social engagement. Other days, it feels like ALL of those blocks are for social engagement.
There’s a point in Austin Kleon’s Keep Going about the season’s of creativity. Cold winters make for brighter springs and pleasant summers. I’ve considered it a cycle, two-stage, where I’m either producing or publishing - rarely both. Each requires a different side of the brain - production needs isolation, publishing needs anything but.
The trick is not to beat yourself up when you are too far in one direction.
Just make sure you have time for the other direction.