The best bit of advice I’ve gotten recently actually came from a business book. I don’t know if you’ve noticed from my posts – I’ve tried to keep it in check, but the last couple of months of 2008 were pretty stressful around here.
During that time of health issues, moving relatives, business development and car trouble, I was reading a book, The Savvy Crafter, by Sandra McCall.
Near the end of it is a chapter on what to do when you get overwhelmed. One of the suggestions was to ignore all of the to do list and just take time to create. It sounds like it should be counter-productive. But it reminded me of the advice I was given in college – stop studying for the test. Go to bed and sleep. So I took both pieces of advice at once. i started playing with art journaling as well as working in my studio journal.
It has been rejuvenating. And I’ve accomplished a lot since I started this experiment in late December. While I still want everythign done at once, forcing myself to take 1/2 hour or so a day to play creatively is amazingly calming for me. I’m finding it puts all the issues back into perspective and lets me focus on what needs to be done when it needs to be done.