To spend more time in this deep work.
To spend more hours in the day on longterm projects.
To delve into the art of slow writing.
To do less.
I've been trying to cut down my number of projects, but I still have more than I'd like.
I end up humming-birding between several tasks an hour.
It makes me want to turn away from all of it. I still continue, but it's shallow.
That's not how I want to be. That's not where I want to be in my process.
The logistical in-betweens take me away from the big stuff I love, the important stuff.
I can attend to these minor tasks better when I don't give them space all the time.
I know I need to tend to these little things, too, but right now they're distracting me.
I need to find a better relationship with the minor to-dos, and put them in a smaller corner.
Lots of lesson planning, emails, meetings, social media, paperwork. Cut that down.
Schedule specific hours for that and do it faster within those time blocks.
Busy-ness is stripping down my making.
Let the little things fall away. Learn from the procrastinators. Be creatively lazy.
It'll take me some time to figure out how to do this without dropping plates, burning bridges.
I must be patient with me. If you have learned advice on this matter, I'll listen.
And here I am, posting this article again, because it's important.
Until next time.
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Process notes on a work in progress (me). This mostly contains raw rough content pulled out of practice notebooks. Occasional posts also invite you into the way I work, with intermittent notes on the hows and whys on the whats I make. Less often you may also find prompts and processes I've brought to workshops, as well as surveys that help me gather material for projects. Similar earlier posts from years ago can be found on: