Notes For Creators

creative soul surfing

The value of pacing

This is what a creative retreat looks like
on Anna Maria Island time.
(that’s Travis Thomas there . . . of LiveYesAnd.com infamy)

As we wrap up this creative retreat I’ve noticed something. Walking away from your creative work is highly productive, if

— you don’t pick up a digital device

— you keep moving and cogitating over what’s thwarting you

Getting in motion and pondering a thing is an undervalued resource in the modern era.

In our retreat I’ve established a few basic rules . . . rules shockingly similar to the ones in my regular worklife that I don’t adhere to very well.

<sheepish smile>

The most basic of these rules is not to break off into some diversion. (I’m looking at you click bait; I’m glaring at you social media.)

Because of the short, sharp, focused nature of a creative retreat, I seem to be compelled far beyond my usual habits . . . into actual deep work throughout alternating periods of the day.

In this retreat I’m a better me. Now the trick is to take Slightly Better Me back home with Standard Issue Me . . . and see if I can’t switch the two permanently when I’m not looking.

The value of pacing is essentially the value of walking away but not diverting your attention.

This is how you puzzle your way through an issue.

For you —

Evan Griffith

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