THE PRODUCTIVITY MULTIPLIER
Some people think that artists and creatives ALWAYS have inspiration running through their veins. This definitely isn't true, right? I have plenty of dry seasons. Dry seasons where everything seems hard, uninspiring, monotonous, and slow. And those seasons will come from time to time... and that's okay. You learn to get through it and move on. But what's NOT Okay is letting those times when I am inspired, jazzed- up, and energized slip away. After reading this book called Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals, I changed how I prioritized inspiration and leveraged those sweet moments when creativity hits me and my mind starts racing. Here is a snippit from the last chapter that I really liked:
We all have ideas, ideas are immortal. They last forever. What doesn't last forever is inspiration. Inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk: it has an expiration date. If you want to do something, you've got to do it now. You can't put it on the shelf and wait two months to get around to it. You can't just say you will do it later. Later you won't be pumped up about it anymore. If you are inspired on Friday, swear off the weekend and dive into the project. When you are high on inspiration you can get two weeks of work done in 24 hours. Inspiration is a time machine in that way. Inspiration is a magical thing, a productivity multiplier, a motivator, but it won't wait for you. Inspiration is a now thing. If it grabs you, grab it right back and put it to work. -Rework
When my schedule and priorities allow...this is how I would choose to handle inspiration. In that mindset there are moments when I forget to eat lunch and I even begin to think that going to the bathroom is a waste of time. Okay, TMI. Sorry. I have definitely condensed many two-week projects into 24 hours, and that's when I feel most productive and accomplished. I am IN THE ZONE and getting things done. It may not be perfect... but it's finished. I can then refine, adjust, and improve it moving forward.
Have you experienced this magical time machine before? If so, what was it? What were the succesfful attributes? If you're reading this now and you're inspired by a particular concept or idea... GO DO IT!!!