Been thinking about productivity lately - there are SO many articles (seriously, the internet is spewing them out), and I’ve discovered how easy it is to feel disoriented and appalled at the lack of scientific literacy contained in several of the various sources.
I’ve tried using apps like RescueTime, but found with my habits, that I end up spending more time thinking about productivity than actually being productive (maybe I’m doing it wrong?); and with so much noise around us all the time, that’s the last thing anyone with a deadline needs. Also, the lack of information has something to do with the fact that “productivity” can and should be defined differently depending on the described task (even though this is rarely pointed out). Creative productivity is a million miles from commercial productivity; one is primarily measured in dollars, and the other in, something.....else; taste I guess? Self fulfillment? Don't know.
Anyway, I decided to try more traditional methods to achieve some of the things I wanted, rather than depend on a few clever apps to send me emails displaying just how much I don’t accomplish in a day; some simple realizations I thought I’d share: Reading helps. Everything. Inspiration helps. Everything. Doesn’t matter where it comes from. As long as you know what you’re attempting to accomplish. For me, browsing through the virtual Abbey Road studio has been incredibly restorative, intellectually. There are so many toys out there and we live in an amazing time where others are willing to share not only those toys but details on how to use them creatively.
A lot of this productivity thinking has brought me to the ideas of what a job is (or at least what we think it is). I’ve slowly learned the difference between a vocation and a job. A job is what you do to survive, a vocation is what defines you as a person. The real challenge is finding the intersection between the two and earning a living with it. I want to say I heard Phillip Glass say that somewhere.
Anyhow, here is a really cool example of someone using interesting toys to create beautiful art. Kind of upset I didn't make it to this show.
Currently, I'm wrapping up the sounds and songs for Prune, trying to find sneaky ways to input some of the software instruments I've been designing; like the sounds of this lamp for instance. I love lamp. Will share soon.