Thanks to Inktober, I have a good bit of artwork to use for my tshirt shop! Two uploaded today and they look pretty dang good if I do say so myself. I already have plans for the second round which will feature watercolor elements to these designs.
I’ve noticed that when I’m trying to get one thing done, a whole lot of other things get done in the wake of anticipating that one thing.
Today, I opened my UpWork profile up for proposals again and within 5 hours, received 7 invites for projects. Business wise, it was a pretty good day all around. … despite me not making my 5 Design Goal of the day.
This is what happens when I set my sights on something – I feel like I should be busy doing Something at any given moment – even if it’s not what I originally intended, I still get interesting things done.
This is probably how serendipity finds me.
And tomorrow I’ll try again to reach my goal.
This weeks goal: 5 new designs in at least one store per day.
This happens Every Single Time.
I’m pretty sure this is a common thing that happens with everyone so I’ll share my insight on the matter. This is how the pattern of events normally proceeds:
- On a whim, decide to take (or Retake) on a challenge
- Excitement / Motivation die off
- Slow slide off band wagon
- Wave of procrastination/avoidance/exhaustion
- Timely reminders of habit changing and the benefits following through
- Stable-minded re-commitment to challenge
And, as usual, I had the timely reminder of how and why to get myself back on track. This time it came in the form of a podcast from The One You Feed. Of course the first episode I listened to was a mini-episode about how Avoidance drains you of all energy – which complimented the habit building tactics of the next episode. One major point was to deconstruct big tasks into smaller manageable ones. But by the time I think about how to deconstruct the main goal, I need a nap.
- 5AM : Feed Cats / Make Coffee / Check Email / Write Blog Post / Work Projects
- 10AM: Clean Kitchen / Catbox / Crochet
- 2PM : Waste an Hour**
- 4PM : Go for Walk
- 7PM: Draw
- 10PM : Edit Website
- 10AM : Feed Cats / Make Coffee / Check Email / Work Projects
- 4PM : Go for Walk
- 7PM: Draw
- 10PM : Write Blog Post
So, here we go again! If at first you don’t succeed – Try, Try again.
Goal for today : Make daily / weekly / yearly goals for next post
Anyways, back to topic.
Ideas that react with problems to synthesize solutions.
Why I’m usually up at 3AM in no particular order:
- Someone is Snoring Loudly
- Cats. Cats are being loud.
- I’m thirsty.
- I had a weird dream and now I need to look something up
- I had a night terror and woke up screaming.
- I read somewhere waking up at 3AM is the perfect brain frequency for working on creative projects.
- I was born at around 3AM, so now I feel like it’s a “lucky” time for me.
So, what do I do with this time?
I use this as “extra” time. I can do whatever I want! If I want to draw, I draw. If I want to play a game, I game out. I exercise, do yoga, write, read about spiders. Whatever I want to do.
Sure, I could probably use it to work or do something “productive”, but I noticed when I try to do that, I get sleepy very, very fast. I need this time to be pressure free.
And that’s what works for me. Anyone else have this weird internal alarm clock thing happen to them?
What do you do with your “Extra” free time?
He did me a huge favor by impersonating all of my self doubt.
“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rainer Maria Rilke
- Racing thoughts – WRITE IT ALL OUT. It doesn’t need to be pretty, it doesn’t even need to make sense. Take a timer, set it for 5 minutes and just try to get out everything that’s in your mind. If the timer buzzes and you’re still writing, keep going and go until you can breathe again. If you finish before the timer, then say to yourself, “Wow, all the things I’m worried about fit into less than 5 minutes.”
- CLEAN something! Anything. And really take your time to see the difference. The floors work great for me, especially the corners, because you have to get on your hands and knees into “working posture”.
- Think about how much time you’ve spent being anxious. Say to yourself, “Something bigger than myself knows that this thing is bothering me – I’m going to trust in it that it will take care of me.” Trust in God, the Universe, Family, Community, whatever you believe in that’s bigger than yourself will help you realize you’re not alone and you don’t have to figure it all out yourself.
- Realize that sometimes, anxiety just happens for no reason at all. Once you stop looking for a reason, you break the cycle of “Why am I anxious?” Cut off the dialogue in your head with the anxiety. Instead, start a conversation with gratitude. “Why am I thankful today? What am I looking forward to in the future?”
Being anxious is a repetitious and addictive cycle that feeds off of itself.
“You have many habits that weaken you. The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
- Curiosita (Insatiably curious approach to life)
- Dimostrazione (A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes)
- Sensazione (Continual refinement of the senses)
- Sfumato (A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty)
- Arte/Scienza (Development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination)
- Corporalita (Cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise)
- Connessione (Recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things.