Last week Ashley and I challenged each other to commit to making art the way we've always committed to our job jobs. We both found it strange that we are more responsible when it comes to working for others than when we are working for ourselves. To remedy this, we planned schedules, promised to arrive on time and not leave early and tried our best to not let our art time be considered flexible.
I added another level to this challenge and forced myself to work last week in complete silence. No NPR in the other room, cell phone on vibrate, no TV show on the computer and no music.
It was strict and a little lonely but other than that, last week was spectacular. I got more done in a week than I had in the past month. It felt so good to have time with my own brain without battling interrupting stimuli. It was hard for me to get going early in the morning but I am so glad I forced myself to stick with projects until the end of the day instead of getting distracted like I normally would. Take that ADD! I got stuff done in the silence vacuum!
In contrast, this week had a holiday, a Bazaar Bazaar meeting, a nutritionist appointment, a vet appointment and a meeting for teaching classes and my plan fell apart. This week could be considered a near total flop in the productivity department. I did a little of this - a little of that but primarily was an unstructured mess-generating machine.
Next week I'm back to 8 hours of silence per day and I'm sure I will stick with it. The contrast between how I felt about myself last week compared to how I feel about myself at the end of this week is dramatic enough to prove the importance of this new ritual.
Friday, September 09, 2011
Posted by Elise of Argyle Whale at 4:28 AM