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Monday, August 31, 2009

Creating my Way to Laziness

One of the problems with being a creative person is that you can come up with millions of reasons why you haven't done what you are supposed to have done.

If you have the creative/lazy combination, like I do, it is difficult to settle down and just get stuff done. Writing a list and prioritising things can help, but my lists sometimes end up being poems I don't care enough about, and then I get guilty, then I start doing something else, something else and something else. In the end nothing really happens, and another day fritters away. Sometimes that poem can turn into something useful though, so it's not a complete loss.

If you really care about getting a thing done, you have to be prepared to ignore the things that interfere with that one thing. Ignoring things can have side-effects, so make sure the one thing is important enough to you to make it worthwhile.

If the one thing you want to get done is say, finishing a craft project, and the thrill of finishing it will be something wonderful, go for it. But if getting it done will just be ho-hum, another rubbish thing crossed off the list, well, why were you doing it in the first place? People these days are always busy. Rushing off somewhere, doing a million things, but so little of the rush and bother is worth the effort involved. Think about what you are doing with your life. Are you benefitting from what you do? Rethinking how you are living can lead to progress.

If you are a wife and mother, as I am, feeding the family is important, and that must happen. Writing my novels is not as important as nurturing my family is, so writing doesn't happen. But what does happen is millions of little bits of nothing. As I am writing this post, I'm thinking that I could easily be spending this time working on the second draft of "Eth dil (working title)", hmm.

I think I've written nearly enough of this post, to summarise: If you are going to be creative in avoiding work, you are destroying yourself. Know what means the most to you and your life, and do that first.

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