Emotions and Productivity

I’m not terribly interested in this blog becoming deeply personal. However, when things happen in my personal life that I believe can be helpful for others, I’m certainly going to share. 

The past week or so has been a challenging one for me. I’ve had some difficult things happen in my personal life, and have also had a challenging week work wise- both in the artistic sphere, and with my business. I think it’s very easy for anyone to let their emotions get the better of them. When we’re sad or overwhelmed we want to curl up in bed, eat ice cream (or chocolate covered pretzels, or something), and not move forward with our goals, our work, our life. We wallow, and we think, “I can take some time to be sad”. 

Okay- I agree- to a point. People should take some time to be sad. When stuff happens that makes a person sad, or confused, or angry, by all means, they should work with it. But, after a little reflection, contemplation, and general slothful behavior, I think we have to slap ourselves around a bit. Wallowing will not get you anywhere, and from somewhere inside of you, I think you have to summon the energy to move forward in the face of sadness, adversity, or general malaise. Because once the feelings of doom and gloom have finally lifted, the last thing you want is to feel behind, stressed out, and set back. 

I think that the time right after feeling upset is the perfect time to take a deep breath, gird your loins, and get back to work in earnest. Work yourself to the bone, really. A week from now, when you’ve made a ton of killer progress on your novel, your business, or the opera you’re composing, you’ll be really happy you lost yourself in that, rather than in pint after pint of Ben and Jerry’s and SVU. 

Treadmill days

For most of us, there is a list of tasks that, when combined, become the bare minimum of what’s required in a week for healthy adult functioning. For instance, in addition to working at the job that takes care of you financially, you probably spend some portion of your week cookinging some food/eating healthfully, take care of your bills, cleaning up after yourself, and getting some sort of exercise, so that you don’t find yourself in a comparatively “worse” place than you were in the week before. 

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately- while you can always say things like “gym”, and “preparing a healthy meal to keep in the fridge” are relatively small to medium sized tasks, the fact is, they can take up a huge amount of time when they’re continuously marginalized due to procrastination. And let’s face it- a day that’s productively full of laundry, cooking, cleaning, and bill paying IS productive- but it isn’t really moving you forward on towards your big goals. 

I’m trying a new tactic, where I make a conscious effort to really tack chores and other menial tasks onto the beginning and ends of my days- and that way, hopefully, there’s more time left over to focus on the difficult creative and entrepreneurial stuff. 

 

Supporting the efforts of awesome people, take 1

Hi All, 

Quick Sunday evening post from me this evening, as I’m still knee deep in taxes and other early April goodness. However, I realized that I wanted to share my friend Amanda’s ROAR 2 video on my blog for some time. Amanda’s a great musical theater performer who, like so many of us, has dealt with lots of body issues as a result of working in an image based field. She’s done some really awesome writing on her blog at http://www.AmandaTrustysays.com, and she also has made some very cool videos. Witness: 

http://amandatrustysays.com/2014/03/28/this-is-for-everyone-this-is-roar-2-the-celebration/

I hope this reaches a new person or two this evening- and maybe it will provide someone else something to do while they procrastinate on their taxes. 

Enjoy!