Today is a “waking-up-and-wanting-to-create-stuff-day”. Sundays are magical blank sheets for me at the moment, I’m so excited about not being drowned in deadlines! (I know, having many deadlines is another line of luxury, I’m just talking about managing time to be able to breathe.) So going from having to work seven days a week for a few years to arranging matters so that I have weekends off is a pleasure and such an indulgence.
The last few Sundays have been spent knowing I can do _whatever I want_ and have been doing everything from sketching just for fun, reading books about illustration techniques, playing around in After Effects, continuing on my own children’s book story, or strutting around in the sun doing whatever.
The line between what feels like work and what feels like play or interesting studies is quite thin at the moment, so far today I’ve watched a video about how difficult it is to price your work, pinning away at Pinterest, updated my LinkedIn profile, read blog posts and being inspired by Media Molecule’s studio in Guildford, fiddling around with the idea of making a silly video with my nonsense group “Gunvor, Morten and Ivar Band”, or an illustrated book about how to get your dad to eat more vegetables. He scared the shit out of us this week by ending up in hospital with severe flu and memory loss. Phew, luckily he is getting a bit better, although the worry around aging parents are still there. So I haven’t been able to work very concentrated this week because of that! I might or might not end up following any of these lines of thoughts, but it’s nice having time to just let my mind wander in the colorful tropical waters of Side Projects. (Here is an example of how my Pinterest sessions lead to some fun interior storyboard sketches for The Monster Book.)
I see that there is a angry mob out there against Procrastination, but I guess they don’t really see the value in letting your mind wander to reach new sources of inspiration, explore new directions or tools for your work and maybe develop as an artist. In one article about the hatred of “not-getting-shit-done” I read that Spotify(!) was a huge time consumer, and I was completely gobsmacked. But I guess it’s what you make of it, and people are different. I spend some time each week making new playlists for specific tasks so that I can work faster or more inspired, and I know the value in it when I see how much more I produce or how long I can work. And no one can accuse me of not being productive.
Serving me “truths” about how internet steals valuable work time from me is apparently meant to make me feel guilty and pay a coach and start going to talks about how to manage your time, and in that way certainly not getting work done. But again, people are different and react differently to social media or other diversions, and addictiveness can hit in any media or form.
I guess trying no to feel guilty about it is a start (as long as you meet deadlines), or channel your internet addictions to pages that teach you something useful or inspire you. But these are scary grounds to tread since people are so different, periods of work overload can crash even the most structured mind, and certainly, how our minds work are very individual.
Now I’m going to compile a spotify playlist consisting of smooth blues guitar tunes, starting with Bjørn Berge, since I fell in love with his voice in a concert this Friday, and enjoy the tunes while sketching a load of monsters. Maybe one of them ends up having qualities I might use for something:)
Happy procrastiworking Sunday!