I took today off work so I could have a full day dedicated to making art without the normal distractions of weekend life. As I await delivery of my air compressor and a new type of clay, I am working on making improvements to my website. What I didn’t expect was to spend the better part of my day on my website. It shouldn’t surprise me, really, since I often get lost in website fiddling.
That state of being fully immersed in an activity while feeling energized and focused is something psychologist call “flow”. For me, fiddling with my website puts me in a state of flow. Sculpting also leads to flow.
Lack of flow is probably one of the main reasons I find working for someone else so dissatisfying. Staying on task is probably one of the main reasons I have difficulty being successful as an artist. How do I learn to stay on task as an artist? The nine-to-five routine keeps me on task.
The schedule keeps me on task…
And so I’ve circled back to my need for a schedule.
My day doesn’t feel like it was wasted though. It was important to me to get my Daily Doodles back into the sidebar. I’ve also started getting some of the photo galleries of work-in-progress added. And I’ve updated my blog with this lovely disjointed blog post. Most importantly, I needed a mental health day. The-Day-Job has been testing my limits this week.