Getting things done relies heavily on scheduling and knowing how long it takes you to do something. The problem with creativity, however, is most creatives can’t always just turn it on and off like a switch. So we may struggle fitting our creative work into a disciplined, rigid schedule. I do some of my best creative work between 9PM and midnight, but I guarantee you that if I scheduled that block as writing time – I’d be struggling to get anything done during my peak writing hours. There are some psychological elements at play here, too. Especially lately. With the minor depression I’ve been struggling with – scheduling ANYTHING has been brutal. I can work when my moods are even. I fly like the fucking wind when I’m on the upswing. But the down periods are hard. I struggle to get anything done. Thank goodness I only have a mild mood disorder. Most of the time the downward spirals and upward swings are short lived and I’m even MOST of the time. I’m often able to pull myself out of the downward spirals. I just have to ride it out, like usual.
That said – my emotional bullshit is no excuse for not getting shit done. The world is still turning and moving and I need to keep moving right along with it. Yesterday I forced myself to work on some covers. Today I am forcing myself to work on some writing and editing.
That’s my magick for the day. FORCING it. Getting my shit together! Because I don’t have time to be depressed, disorganized, tired, or anything else.