Journey Series

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Busier Equals Productivity

It amazes me how one busy weekend can give you more than exhaustion. Last weekend was super busy. Saturday there was the dreaded grocery shopping, followed up by a family gathering and a late evening supper with the parents. Sunday was my typical trip to Starbucks, followed up by several more small errands for myself. Then my parents came home from church and wanted to check out this new gym, so off we went. Joining took way longer than I expected, loads of standing around and waiting for the lady to key in the same information over and over. After that mom had to shop for shoes, and then dad decides he wants to look at tools. Another hours spent in a crammed back WalMarts. Then it was off to the house for an evening of movies with the folks. Not so much busy as unexpected trips, taking me away from what my writing. Still, it was the most enjoyable weekend I’d had in a long time. Plus, after I sat down to rest and reflect on how far behind my week would start off, I realized I had managed to squeeze in quite a bit of writing in between all of those planned and unplanned trips. I’m not sure how, but both days I managed to revise 2 chapters of Moon Called, which equaled 10,000 words. Better yet, the revision added 2,000 words.

This little revelation reminded me that sometimes being at a steady or slow pace can hinder you. Seems like when I have less going on the more my mind wanders onto more than one item. When I have items back to back my mind is more focused on the task at hand. The task goes faster and I’m able to move onto the next item. When it comes time for me to work on my writing I find my mind intent, and relaxed, which allows a smoother flow of creativity. 

I've tried explaining this to others, but they feel like I have it backwards. I may have for them. For me it works. If it’s because my mind typically goes gees million miles a minute or some other reason, I don't know. Not sure if I care, as long I continue to get so much good material. 

Of course, like with most things there are drawbacks. Main one being, being productive is extremely tiring, no matter how relaxing it is.  Reminds me of taking a vacation.  You take one to relax and escape, but when you return you need three or four days to recoup from your vacation.  LOL.  

So, in the spirit of creativity and because I can't wait to get Moon Called into edit mode, I am going to say goodbye for the week and pray for two or three days busy days. 

Have a good week and remember:
Let your imagination soar

Julia Matthews

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