So, I sat in the studio for a couple hours, but could barely stay awake, I tried to do some menial work, cutting out elements and things like that but I just wasn't with it. I am trying not to feel guilty about not having a very productive day. Sometimes it's better to just get out of studio when things aren't flowing then to try and force it, at least that's what I tell myself.
Paul and I rented Red Eye, it was a good "rental quality" movie, easy-to-follow and I didn't have to think that hard which was perfect since I am exhausted today. My big beef with it was that I didn't think that a midnight flight from Dallas to Miami could be called a red eye. Is it really a red eye if it's just a 3 1/2 hour flight? I thought only West-to-East coast overnight flights were called red eyes. So I spent the whole movie saying "that's not a red eye, it's just a three hour late night flight!"
But still it was entertaining.
I'm going to try and get an early night so maybe I'll be more awake tomorrow.
Taking time to sleep, refresh, recharge, clear your mind, heal your body is all part of the natural process of living. Never never feel guilty about listening to the body. Our health is far more important than our work. You don't have to be dog sick in order for that to be true.
Your value and your rights and needs are not determined by how much work you put out. Your value is intrinsic. If you push yourself to meet the demands of some taskmaster in your head, your work will suffer. The dischord will show up in your pieces. Be true to what your heart and your body say to you. They speak always in loving tones and only say what is best for your total wellbeing. From that place you are meant to work. From that place you create beautifully and with ease. If you can't get to that place when doing work, then you are not meant to at that time. You are meant to rest. It is all part of the process and not to be considered any kind of personal failure.
You do plenty. Let your resting time be a time of calm reflection and positive brainstorming for future masterpieces. No guilt. :o)
(stepping off my soapbox)
and bravo jelaine f.! - especially the no guilt part!!! sometimes it easier said than done, but we should all admit that recharging is necessary to the art.
all the best from here.
Remember, "busy" does not always equal "productive". As a matter of fact, some of my most productive times (art and otherwise) occur when I appear not to be doing anything at all.
Ann from NY
I am working on this with my coach. Someday I will not nag myself to death.
Ann --- totally true, am reading and reading your post, it will become my mantra to shut up my naggy bossy brain.
The best way I've found to describe those times when I need to be quiet and rest is - "percolating"!
When your bossy self starts up, just tell it that you are busy percolating just now. That IS what you're doing, you know. :)
Suzanne G in NC