Reminders about self-help and productivity from a creative with a day job.
A few reminders and strategies for myself this week:
- Write Down 10 Ideas a Day. I love this exercise I heard about on the School of Greatness podcast, in an interview with James Altucher. LEt them be shitty ideas or inklings or intuitions. Let’s train the brain to be comfortable in the mindset of generating dots to connect later. It’s all about building muscle memory for the creative brain.
- It’s time to care about the right things, and give. I want to put together a creativity workshop in town, but I’ve been fearful of the commitment. Nothing else is stopping me but my own insecurity over what I have to offer and what I can say. I get tired of looking inward to see what’s wrong. In reality, helping others is one thing that can heal what’s going on inside. I am committed to this mission already, so why not continue?
- Find collaborators. It’s easy. I connected with a musician on Reddit and shared some lyrics. This is the beginning of a new habit of mine:
- Scribe Lunch Crunch – I wrote song lyrics on my lunch. I’ve been so short on time this week that I made a choice to actually finish something. So I set a strict deadline: I had 30 minutes to write a cohesive set of lyrics. I recorded audio of this quick writing session so that I could listen in on the process. I want to get better at articulating what I am doing. I want to get better at explaining my creative process. May become a regular thing! Point being: Walk the talk. There is enough time in the day to do so.
- Nourishment. I picked up Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing. I cannot believe I have not read this. Growing up, I loved Ray Bradbury’s approachable nature in all of his work. I’m going back to my old heroes a little bit. That’s fine too.
- Rest is good. I don’t want to do anything for a day or so. This week has been one of productivity, but I will choose to make time for my family now.
As always, make art, make haste.