Text and Images - Dom Read
We have all been there, you have a lot of on your plate. There are lots of things that need to get done and you have hit the mental wall. The artists block and the big black dog is hot on your tail! A few knocks and few things don't go to plan and all the shit has piled up in front of you all at the same time. Too many forks in the road and not enough faith in your next step!!!
It is so easy to berate yourself in times like this. You are stuck, sinking and the longer you stay in the same spot the more the pressure builds and your frustrations burn!!! In this situation it is so easy to slip into a cycle of negative self talk. You beat yourself up for the situation, for not being good enough and for being pissed off about being pissed off. Quite frankly you feel fucking pathetic!!!
But my little chicken don't you fucking worry. You have got yourself out of trickier situations than this. You have made better art and solved bigger problems!!! Just remember that age old adage, "INACTION IS THE ENEMY!!!"
Write your problems down. All of them... Get em down on paper and then number them to 1 being critical and 5 being not time sensitive. The things that are out of your control cross them out, they are out of your hands! Order your list most critical to least, commit to item No.1 and then don't look or think about the list until that single task is completed and crossed off!
Hard as it may be, you can do it. Take a breathe, organise your shit and move forward with confidence. Methodically crossing item by item off your list starting with the most critical to the least.
This isn't a once and done type of exercise. This is simply the first step to getting you back on the tracks and the wheels turning. Once you are rolling, it is up to you to schedule in time sensitive check points. Here you can rewrite your list and analyse your progress. Some of your not so critical items may have become more critical so you need to keep an eye on that and keep adjusting as you go.
Don't waste time worrying about wasted time!! Take control and fight for it!!
You can fucking do it!!!!
Text and Images - Dom Read
Sometimes in life it is easy to get stuck in routines. You can get so stuck in a routine you don't even realise you are in a routine. Or a routine can be very precise and intentional thing.
Sometimes it is necessary and sometimes it can be very helpful to be in a routine. Sometimes you have a goal or a target that you are working on and the most beneficial thing to do is to have your head down, focussed, repeating the same thing day after day. It gives you the freedom to focus, to not have to worry about planning and a routine can help stop the little decisions from distracting you from what is truly important to you.
It is so easy to slip into bad routines or patterns that don't serve us fully. If you care about something you are working on like starting a new business or working on a project or your job it can easily start to take over your life and grind you down a bit. You don't realise you a stuck in a negative routine because you are so very focussed on what you are currently dealing with or working on.
I have found with my work I get obsessed with individual projects. I can't wait to see them completed but I forget that there are other parts of the business to run and other parts of life to enjoy and nurture. For me because the sewing studio is currently in my living room, I end up never fully switching off, I stay up too late working on projects for until I crash and need time to recover. I then feel behind, get obsessed and repeat the whole process all over again!!
The past few months I have been juggling work, workshops, commissions and Dread Decks as well as an online course. It has ground me down repeatedly and I have been feeling less and less creative and motivated with my work. I realised something had to change...
When everything is becoming a drag and you can feel your creative energy is lacking, something has got to change. When life has become a drag, late nights, poor food and even worse leisure and exercise you know your routine is a bit out of whack!!!
Days like these despite all the pressures, pains and panic in your head, you have got to slow down. Take a step back and breathe for a second. No matter how hard it is take a pause. Reevaluate what you are neglecting, what is slipping through the cracks, what are you too focussed on and what is going to help you find your way back to feeling okay. No one can tell you the right thing to do or the right balance because everyone is different but you know what you can handle. Get out a sheet of paper and start writing.
Plan out what needs to get done and realistically how long it is going to take to get it done. Be fair to yourself plan in breaks, meals, time to relax and time to exercise! It may seem counterproductive but you need those down times off to fuel the times when you are working!
Remember all work and no play makes for a very dull day!!!
Iron your out routine and remember you are in control!
Lots of love.