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On being busy

Owen here! Today I’d like to talk to you about being busy – something I’ve been experiencing a lot lately!

The only way to do all the things you need/want to when you’ve got too much on your list is to expand time and space.

I mean, there are tips you can use, and there are promises that you can do all the things if you just arrange it all the right way. If those work for you, congratulations! But here in my world, there’s no way to get it all done – it’s simpler just to assume that from the get go.

So if there’s no hope of getting it all done, what to do?

Imagine a stick. On one side is “ALL THE THINGS DO THEM.” What’s on the other side?

Clarity.

Time is a precious resource. Everything we choose to do with it must be the best, most important use of that resource. This limit lets us look at our to do list and identify what is the most important thing to do right now. Following this, you can rest assured that you aren’t failing to get things done. You’re doing exactly what you need to do at any moment. A much better feeling – and one you would have a harder time finding if you didn’t have a time crunch in the first place!

 

Note: This doesn’t mean that you can’t spend an hour playing games, or hanging out in bed when you just can’t even anymore. Sometimes the most important thing you can do is to rest.

 

 

 

Bumblepost: Clarifying your creative path

Owen here! Today I’d like to talk about giving up your dreams.

Grow up.

Put away childish things.

You can’t make a living doing that.

I bet there is no one living who hasn’t heard these kinds of sentiments, either as missiles meant to shoot down dreams, or as woeful sighs lamenting unpleasant realities. It’s common knowledge that only a few random lucky people get to have fun being creative. Everyone else needs to work jobs they hate so that one day they can save up to do things they enjoy.

While trying to escape these predictions of doom, it’s far too easy to flail around in every possible direction. If signs of progress don’t show up immediately, panic sets in, and we set off in a different direction – thinking we’ve already failed.

I invite you now to sit down comfortably. Take a deep breath. Everything is going to be fine.

I invite you to replace that old nonsense with this idea: Getting older means clarifying what we really want to do.

Think about all the things you have tried before, or have an interest in. Count them up. Chances are, there isn’t enough time in any human lifetime to pursue all of those in a worthwhile way. And for those wanting to make a creative living, it’s even more impractical to grasp every possible avenue; in addition to doing the thing you love, you’ve also got accounting, marketing, and a host of other concerns that eat into your time. Successful creative people limit their focus, and jettison things that will water it down.

I’m not going to get into the specifics of things you’ll need to do in order to get where you want to be. If you are still in the area of thinking no one survives as a creative person, then this is a much more important task right now. I invite you instead to replace that old script with this one:

 

Grow.

Play to your heart’s content.

You can make a living doing that, and other people will help you do it.