Motivation vs discipline

I can’t think of anything to write. It’s often the way with writing. Or painting. Or creating anything.

Sure, every now and then the words flow like wine from a carafe. Sweet muse does her thing and inspiration hits. But most of the time it feels more like squeezing water out of a rock.

What helps in these situations is discipline and routine. This forces you to do some work despite the way you feel. Open the laptop. Write something. Anything. Go through the motions.

And there’s another blog post.

Change to the menu

The menu on the right hand side of this website now includes a couple of categories – I’m trying to increase my own focus on creative endeavours, and on audio.

Along with the RSS and email subscription buttons and the social media links, the menu now includes links to previous posts with “Podcasts” “Creative writing” or “Audio” taglines.

Click on them, have a look.

Or don’t.

It’s up to you!

Play Games

Playing games is important to me. In my life, Games come up all over the place.

If I find something difficult then it helps me to think of it as a game. This approach makes things less stressful and lowers my anxiety. Elon Musk says we might all just be living in a simulation. Sometimes it helps to think of life in that way. A few examples of play as it manifests in my life:

  • Playing with the kids at whatever game they have going
  • Treating menial parenting tasks as a game
  • Comedy and conversation with friends
  • Computer games
  • Sport and exercise including data on health
  • Social media accounts
  • Music – listening and playing music is a beautiful game
  • Work
  • Podcasts
  • Blogging 😉
  • More and more I see life as one big bunch of games to play.
  • Some people are not good at playing. Doodling, Riffing, Games, Jokes, Humor are seen as a waste of time. I can’t understand this approach to life.
  • Happy Wednesday, chimps.
  • Sleep and Leftovers

    Dreams remember they don’t mean much.

    Snippets, memories, old desires and such.

    Memories of memories become loops. Internal errors.

    A Treasure hunter is on the beach tonight. Metal detector sweeps the sand while the waves crash hard.

    Take the good and leave the bad.

    Programmable robot.

    Reboot your glitch.

    Social Media Grooming

    I just came across this phrase today: “Social Media Grooming”.

    It is a great phrase and it captures well the systematic way in which the major social media companies entice us to believe that there is a way to win the social media game. If we just tweak this, post that, and shoot a pic at this angle then we can become famous. An influencer.

    The bad thing about the social media system is that it is set up for user-distraction. You are the product and you are being manipulated if you play by their rules. If you let them groom you. Grooming….creepy word that one.

    There is an alternative to play by your own rules. Focus on what you create. Focus on the content and the ideas you want people to engage with and share. Who precisely do you want to engage with? – not everybody….presuming you are not a Kardashian (thank the Gods).

    Be specific. Be intentional. Be free.

    Ps, (I write these sorts of posts to preach mainly to myself. I fall down the Social Media rabbit hole all to easily).

    Minimalism

    I saw a a documentary on minimalism the other day.

    It lasted over an hour but was nicely distilled in the end by a sentence which went something like this: “love people, use stuff. Because, doing it the other way around is just not a good plan”

    We don’t need much stuff. We need people.

    And we need work to do which makes us proud.

    And a nice space to live in.

    And wine.

    Working with what you have

    I found myself lusting after some new tech.

    New stuff. New and sparkly. The advertising sometimes works really well and convinces you that this widget will fix all the ills in your life.

    Truth is, You don’t need more stuff. You need more focus, more consistency and to make use of what you have. How many drum kits or Stratocasters are gathering dust in peoples’ closets? It is a Tragedy of our times.

    Instead of buying a new phone, start a band.

    There is a valuable lesson here for work too. Don’t be fooled by new titles, new systems, and new tech which are promising revolutions. It’s far more likely you can organize and work with what’s already on the table and shape a change. You just have to care enough.