"Nearly everything in life is unfavorable once it grows to a certain size.
It is entirely possible to have too many clients, too much work, too much fame, too much free time, and so on.
Pay attention to when the thing you're chasing exceeds its usefulness."
Distancing myself from my work a bit. When one is so attached to the things one does, all the world is tainted and related to that work. Nothing exists in isolation. This is helpful because life around reinforces the work, but sometimes I miss perceiving without any preconceived notions or ideas. Just looking at the rain without thinking or interpreting it. It's rain and its beautiful. When you are so absorbed in your work, even the act of looking has a hidden agenda. So, I am taking a bit of a break.
The burnout literature will tell you that this, too—the guilt, the self-scolding—is a feature of burnout.
If you no longer have a work self and a friend self and a family self, it stands to reason that you don’t have work time and friend time and family time. You have time. And work is metastasized into all of it.
If you want to increase the quality of your work – your output – you must increase the level of your inputs. Your input is knowledge.
you are a creative. as such, everything you do is productive. there is no “this is useful” and “this is a waste of time.” there is only your life. every word you write, every idea you have and every interest you follow is a result of everything that’s in it. it all matters.
In however many years left that I have on this incredible planet, do I want to look back, on my death bed, and say 'yes, I finished my to-do list every night: that was a life well-lived'? And if its not, then why exactly are we all giving so so much to this model that takes more from us than we have to give?
But the more I looked around, the more I saw people bragging about how little time they had for themselves-- as if martyring themselves to the shrine of productivity made them somehow worthwhile.
1 – Show up. Many work sessions will feel unproductive which can feel frustrating, but the best creatives sit down to work even when they don't feel like it. Consistency rewards creativity.
2 – Generate a ton of ideas. Your best ideas rarely come early. So when you think you've got it, keep going.
3 – Refine the good ones. If you find yourself over-explaining, it's likely too difficult to digest. The best ideas are simple and easy to understand.
4 – Share the best ones. The potential for criticism forces you to pay attention to the details, and naturally encourages you to improve.