Well this is a rare occurrence! A blog post on Saturday? Crazy.
You may remember that on Monday we talked about multitasking and how horrid it can be for your creativity (based on the research of Clifford Nass) and I decided to put that theory to the test. Each day I worked in my studio I separated myself from my phone, iPad, and laptop. I still had my two little girls with me, and of course, I still played music. So it was certainly NOT a distraction free zone, by any means. But that’s my life right now, and I love it!
As I mentioned on Monday, I am prepping for the renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, NY (come see me, June 22-23!), which really means my fingers are working non-stop. I have about four weeks, and so, so much to get done. I figured this would be a great time to step it up into hyper-creative-mode, and if that meant divorcing my phone, so be it.
The biggest pro I experienced in my week of “mostly-single-tasking” was freedom. I let go of the idea that I must be present everywhere at all times. It was exciting and wonderful. I was free to forget about everything but my work (and children, of course!)
The biggest con was that I often got completely lost in my work and forgot everything besides what I was working on. Letting go of the online world was easier than I expected, but the online community is one of the most valuable assets I have in running this blog and my creative business. I felt that I neglected that amazing support structure too often. I get so lost in my creative head-space I lose track of time far to easily.
Total honesty: I am going to start multitasking again. There. I said it. Dr. Nass is going to have a fit.
My business is developing too much for me to risk delaying, much less altogether, forgetting something of great value because I am too absorbed in my creative work. I found it very difficult to make time for simple tasks like posting a photo, replying to comments, and sending emails. There were days that I actually forgot about social media entirely. While this is a good thing at times (and I’m super glad to know that I actually can disassociate myself from my iPhone without a panic attack) it’s not good to neglect my readers, customer, friends, and colleagues because on my one-track-mind. So from now on, my goal will be to multitask in moderation. This “single-task” week has opened my eyes to the bondage that distractions had been on my life (on and offline).
All in all, I had a fantastic week. It really was super productive. The images you’re seeing are a little snapshot of the things I created this week.
Busy fingers, busy brain, happy life.
– The spilled coffee… all over my work table. The tiny (two year old girl) fingers dipped in India Ink, finger painting on my almost completed landscapes
– The trial and error gild leaf experiments
– The hours of inventory (trust me, you don’t want to see me think through that)
– The fun times order more supplies
– The cutest studio mates in the whole world
– Their fresh stack of library books
– The spontaneous dance sessions
…and my sister!!! (She visited me this week and I might not ever let her leave. Plus, she’s very good at polishing tiny jewelry parts.)
What are your thoughts on this whole multitasking/single-tasking concept? Have you ever committed to not multitask? What was your takeaway? Any tips for the rest of us?
Have a happy weekend!