Yesterday was my “Creative Crap Making” day. It was interesting. I worked on my collaboration project with it’s “layers” theme and wove strips of unusable tea towel calendars into this flag/coaster type piece. I shot pictures of things around my house that caught my attention. I did a drawing exercise from my new book. Some of yesterday’s stuff has potential. Some of it, not so much!
I noticed I had a lot of interruptions yesterday, many of which were due to my lack of focus. I kept popping on my computer to check email, visit Twitter, tinker with my website, etc. So today I’m working on simplifying my day and focusing.
Leo Babauta of Zen Habits recently wrote a post for Life Hackers on how to build your workday around focus. He gave tips for how to start your day on the right foot, but his reason why we lose our focus in the first place is what resonated with me. He offered fear of tackling the big tasks or missing out on something (by disconnecting from the online world) as the source of our distractions.
I think he might be onto something here, but I’d add- fear of creating crap work.
I noticed yesterday that I tended to stray from the task at hand when I was feeling frustrated or stuck. That’s when I HAD to work on my website or check for that email my husband was expecting. My day of “no expectations” was not without its challenges. Getting back to “making before judging” is going to take some work.
So today I’m going to try following Leo’s advice and keep my ass off the computer unless it’s a scheduled time for me to be on it. When I feel stuck on one creative project, I’ll move over to another creative project for a bit, rather than bail on my creativity by running to check email or Twitter around.
What about you? Do you find yourself using the computer as a distraction when you’re feeling creatively challenged?
Take care and I’ll see you tomorrow with Wednesday’s “Fun” post!